I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick
Published by NAL Trade on 2/3/2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Romance
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Also by this author: Put a Ring On It
After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
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I absolutely loved New Uses for Old Boyfriends. It was just the book I needed to put a smile on my face. It’s a fun and sweet book.
Lila is a character I think many women can connect with. She’s recently divorced, has no job, and has to move back to her hometown to help her mom. She has no idea how she’s going to make it until she stumbles upon her mother’s collection of vintage fashion and decides to open up a store. Her mother is, of course, reluctant. That’s all she has left after the passing of her husband. There are so many great characters in this book. Lila makes some great friends, and begins to form a tight-knit group. I have to say I adore both Ben and Malcolm in different ways. They have their strong points, and times when they can be complete idiots.
Lila and her mother definitely fumble their way while taking on this new adventure. Neither of these ladies know how to handle things that arise, and the learn as they go. My favorite part is seeing both Lila and her mother grow. They both find themselves, and find a way to move on. Both also realize that they shouldn’t dwell on the past. They should learn from it, and move forward.
Kendrick’s writing is smooth, and very funny. She manages to bring in the humor, and keep you on your toes with what is going to be said next. This is my first book by her, and definitely will not be my last.
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