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Louise is an American in London who visits a used bookstore, only to stumble upon a slim gray book titled Elegance. As her personal life begins to tumble, she believes that if she could achieve the grace defined by Madame Dariaux in her little book, she could once again be happy.

Tessaro's first novel is funny and witty—not the typical fluff of most chick-lit books. The first half chronicles Louise's past struggles that have returned to haunt her. She tries desperately to overcome them with the help of her charming friends, Colin and Ria. The second part focuses on her new life and the adjustments she's made. It's not as interesting as the first half, but still loads of fun.

Among this book's many great qualities are the shocking surprises you'll learn about Louise and those around her—jaw-dropping secrets you don't see coming—making this novel all the more devilishly fun to read. (Aug, 308 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris