A-Z Wednesday

This really fun book meme is hosted by
Vicki @ Reading at the Beach.

The rules are pretty simple...

1. Visit Vicki to get this week's letter.
2. Browse through your shelves for a book that starts with this week's letter.
3. Post the following info about the book you've chosen on your blog:
~ Photo, synopsis/description, link (Amazon, Christian Books, Borders, etc.)
4. Hurry back to Reading at the Beach and post a comment with a link to your post.

The Smart One and the Pretty One

by Claire LaZebnik

Womens Fiction/
Chick Lit

5 Spot
Pages: 304

From Amazon:

In the winning latest from Knitting Under the Influence author LaZebnik, sisters Ava and Lauren Nickerson look a lot alike, but hyperpractical attorney Ava, 29, wears dowdy clothes and holds men at arm's length, while flashy, debt-ridden boutique owner Lauren, a few years younger, goes for the quick romantic fix. Drawn together in L.A. by their mother's illness, they determine to straighten each other out. Soon Ava ropes Lauren onto a budget, while Lauren, having uncovered a playful contract in which their parents jokingly betrothed Ava at age eight to a neighbor's young son, decides to find out if the grown-up two—who are strangers—might indeed make a match. The fact that fiancé-designate Russell Markowitz proves to be twice-divorced presents no obstacle to Lauren, especially after she learns that he works in the clothing industry and might be of assistance in making over Ava. Despite the lightweight premise, moments of real depth combine with witty dialogue as LaZebnik deftly spins each turn convincingly to avoid easy answers.

Ava is the smart sister, an L.A. lawyer who hasn’t dated in years. Lauren is the pretty sister, an unemployed New York stylist buried in debt. Lauren returns to L.A. when their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. Between chauffeuring her to chemo appointments, Lauren finds an old “contract” betrothing Ava to Russell, the son of family friends, and decides a reunion is in order. Though Ava finds herself uncharacteristically falling for Russell, she can’t believe a man would choose her over her glamorous sister. She nearly lets her skepticism ruin her shot at love until Lauren meddles again. LaZebnik, author of Knitting under the Influence (2006), writes a funny and endearing novel that truly captures the devotion and rivalry between sisters.

Whether they relate to the smart one or the pretty one (or both), readers will find this book irresistible. --Aleksandra Walker


Anonymous said...

I tried to win this, but didn't. Might end up buying it!

Thanks for playing!

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

So sorry, Vicki! I was lucky enough to get my copy from a friend. If I come across another copy, I'll snag it for you! :)

Thanks for dropping by. Merry Christmas!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Hmmm wow your friend must be really awesome to send you that book ;-)LOLOLOLOLOLOL! I hope you like it!!!

xoxo~ Renee

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hmmm...*scratching head*...wonder who the wonderful, generous friend was??? *wink*

Thanks! I still haven't had a chance to read it though. :(

~ Lori

gautami tripathy said...

Not a chicklit fan but it does sound good!

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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I like books about sisters and their relationships. This sounds like a good one. I think this one will be a must read for me!