Book Review: Champagne and Lemon Drops

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Author: Jean Oram
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Published: March 7, 2013 by Jean Oram
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Synopsis: 

One woman. Two men. One meddling small town.

Raised by her older sister in the small town of Blueberry Springs, all Beth Wilkinson wants is to create a family so big she’ll never be alone. Things are going great until her accountant fiancé, Oz, experiences a family trauma, forcing him to rethink everything from his own career to their nuptial plans—leaving Beth alone.

As Beth works to rediscover her former bold and independent self in hopes of reattracting Oz, she catches the eye of the charming new city doctor, Nash. Not only does he see her as she’d like to be seen, but he knows exactly what he wants from life—and that includes Beth.

Torn between the two men, as well as two versions of herself, Beth discovers that love and dreams are much more complicated than they seem.

Review: 

I’m not gonna lie. I read this book because the title seemed interesting. Jean Oram also has the same last name as with one of my favorite chick lit authors, Kelly Oram. So maybe it’s going to be awesome too? Plus, the book cover was eye-catching. I know, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what can I say? I’m but a girl who’s a sucker for pretty things.

Anyway, when I read the prologue, I thought this is going to be interesting. Two guys fighting over a girl? Hmmm… sounded like an intense love triangle to me.

Then, there was Oz, who’s supposed to be super in love with her fiance, Beth, but is somehow experiencing an early mid-life crisis. And because he doesn’t want Beth to get mixed up with his personal issues, he asked for a cool off to figure things out on what he wants to do with his life. Hmmm… a guy in a period of self-discovery. I liked it.

But then after that part, the story went on a downhill. I couldn’t wait for it to end. While I understand that Beth was left on a cliff hanger, I just don’t understand her actions. Yes, she used Nash just to get Oz jealous but it wasn’t fair for him. Considering that Oz was in such a vulnerable, her actions only pushed him away. If she was my friend, I’d probably say, “Serves you right!” Haha!

Anyway, the story was interesting in the first and last parts. The in between was a major snooze fest in my opinion, so I gave it a two-open book rating. If you want to read to unwind after a long day or if you want to clear your thoughts so you can sleep, I’d recommend this book. That was pretty much the case every time I go to bed.

Favorite Quotes: 

There are no guarantees in life, but we can always improve our odds a little.

Men can’t always say the words we need to hear.

Don’t rush one of the most important things in your life. … Trust your instincts. Trust your heart.

 

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