Minty Davenport, a fashion-obsessed debutante from Charleston, S.C., heads to Manhattan to make her mark. Through a UNC sorority sister, Minty lands a coveted job as the assistant to Ruth Vine, a devilish and doubtless Prada-wearing PR maven and fashionista. Life is nearly perfect, as Minty reconnects with her first love, the studly Tripp DuPont, and gives him a second chance. Even as her overbearing mother Scarlett plans every detail of the wedding-to-be, Minty doubts her trust in Tripp. While Tinsley Mortimer’s debut novel, “Southern Charm” lacks the snarky bite of “The Devil Wears Prada,” it is a fluffy tale how the South – in the form of socialite and budding designer Minty — rose again to take Page Six by storm.
“Oxford Messed Up”
Rhodes scholar Gloria Zimmerman travels from Chicago to Oxford with a bursting bladder. While brilliant, she suffers from OCD – or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – and cannot bring herself to use public toilets. Arriving at her Oxford digs, she finds she shares her loo with Henry Young – a privileged British music student with some equally serious personal issues. A shared passion for the music of Van Morrison jumpstarts a moving relationship between the two emotionally raw “loomates,” who together discover the healing power of love. This is a quick, quirky read that transcends the expected.
“Flat Out Love”
Novelist Jessica Park’s “Flat Out Love” is the absorbing story of Julie Seagle, a college freshman who arrives in Boston only to find she has no place to stay. Her mother’s former college roommate saves the day, offering Julie a room in her Cambridge home for as long as she needs it. Julie is captivated by the Watkins family – from MIT student Matt, to his scholarly parents Erin and Roger, and by their distinctly troubled ‘tween daughter Celeste. Nobody wants to talk about why Celeste insists on carting around a life-size cardboard cutout figure of her other brother Finn, who is, apparently, traveling around the world. A fixer, Julie resolves to help Celeste fit in, even as she finds herself falling flat out in love. While there are no real surprises here, the deeply eccentric Watkins family will keep you turning the pages.
“A Perfect Proposal”
Not yet published in this country, but available from amazon.com, “A Perfect Proposal” is a practically perfect serving of literary comfort food from British veteran author Katie Fforde. Twenty-something Sophie Apperly has spent her life trying to please her self-absorbed family – with little to know thanks. When the opportunity arises for her to visit her best friend Milly in Manhattan, Sophie goes for it. A fateful encounter with wealthy, elderly Matilda Winchester and her infuriating and arrogant “preppy millionaire rich boy” grandson Luke will turn Sophie’s predictable life upside down – even after she returns to England. “A Perfect Proposal” is a charming and beguiling romantic read.
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