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MISERY LOVES CABERNET
by Kim Gruenenfelder

Genre: Mainstream, Chick lit

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Gruenenfelder continues to prove how delightfully funny she is. Not only is this novel loaded with hilarious one- liners, it's also filled with tips for the heroine's future great-granddaughter that are insightful and witty. As funny and as self-deprecating as Charlie is, she's no match for her celebrity boss Drew, a most vibrant and comedic literary character.

Charlie is 30 years old and a personal assistant to big star Drew Stanton. Just after landing herself a handsome new boyfriend named Jordan, he leaves on a movie shoot, and their future looks uncertain. But the compassionate yet demanding Drew keep Charlie busy as he pulls off-the-wall shenanigans like buying a hippo and kidnapping her great-grandmother. It's her job, naturally, to clean up the mess.

While her relationship with Jordan is up in the air, she befriends the producer of Drew's latest low-budget film and develops a crush immediately. Besides having a sexy Irish accent, Liam is caring and funny and seems to "get" Charlie and her close circle of friends. But between catering to Drew and trying to interpret all of Jordan's messages, Charlie has her hands full sorting out the mess her life has turned into. (ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN, May, 358 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg

Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN

Published: May 2009

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