Recently I was at the library and, shockingly, browsed the new adult fiction. My to-read list is so long that most of my reading is done by putting books on hold and reading things I’ve read about, had on my list, anticipated, or my friends recommended. It seemed like an indulgent treat to pick up some books that just sounded good. And you know what? It was the nicest week of reading I’ve had in a long time. First up, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. The premise is wonderful-two women with the same name, in the same Iowa city, watch the live announcement of a dream house giveaway (the sort of thing HGTV does) and hear her name as the winner. One of the women has been desperate to win and sees it as her ticket out of a lifetime of foster care, bad choices, abusive boyfriends, and housing reliant on said boyfriends. The other woman has social anxiety that is crippling, her only friend is her aged aunt, and she cooks elaborate meals that she basically ends up throwing away. She has no idea her aunt entered her name. Fortunately for the reader each woman goes by a nickname so we don’t have to read Janine 1 and Janine 2. Instead it’s Nean and Janey. Both women pack up and leave Iowa, headed for the dream house on the coast of Maine, outfitted with every luxury you can imagine. The legitimate winner is Janey (and her aunt), but when they arrive they find Nean is already squatting there. Reluctantly they let her stay for a while and thus begins the healing, growing friendship, romance (there appear to be two eligible sexy bachelors in the vicinity and of course they each get one of them), and life changing.
I really enjoyed this, especially the food descriptions. Pure fantasy with everything working out so well, but it was heart-warming and entertaining. I would definitely read more by this author.