Saturday, June 11, 2011

Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man-Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man
Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan
St. Martin’s, May 24 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780312532567

Boston Museum Culture and Society curator Piper Chase-Pierpont knows she is a shy mouse especially when it comes to her colleague Mick Malloy who she secretly loves. She becomes excited when she obtains the nineteenth century memoir of an English courtesan Blackbird.

Piper reads the journal and learns why Ophelia fought to free everyone after being locked in Newgate and trapped by a scandalous trial. The modern day curator applies Ophelia’s advice to win the heart of Mick by doing a total makeover from mouse to lioness.

A bit over the top of the Green Monster and Big Ben as neither subplot seems likely; the Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man is a whimsical romance in which a nineteenth century woman’s memoir works for a twenty-first centrum social media savvy professional female. Rotating perspectives between the past and present, readers will root for both women to achieve their respective objective. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan team up to provide readers with an entertaining charmer.

Harriet Klausner

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