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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review - The "D" Word by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Tammy Wynette sang about their "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." way back in the 60s. Suzanne Vega compared it to being like a widow in "Widow's Walk." One of Liz Phair's most popular songs is "The Divorce Song."  In fact, divorce is often the backbone for some of the most poignant songs of all time.

Books that feature dissolvement of marriages are fairly common as well - Mary Alice Monroe's "Life Is A River," Elizabeth Berg's "Open House," and Claire Cook's "Must Love Dogs," to name a few recent selections.

But I have never run across a book in which the "D" word was written about with such lively and downright funny treatment as "The 'D' Word" by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.

About The Book:

Jordan Daniels and Elle Ryan thought their lives would become less complicated when they walked away from their respective relationships one year ago. But instead, they find themselves vying for a relationship with the same divorced man.

As a spiritual counselor, newly single mother Jordan Daniels makes her living predicting other people’s futures. If only she could foresee her own. A year after filing for divorce from her husband, Kevin, he seems to be the one moving on effortlessly, while Jordan still can’t bring herself to fill his old underwear drawer. But it’s not until Jordan’s polar opposite, Elle steals Kevin’s heart, that Jordan becomes convinced she’ll be replaced both as a wife and a mother to her five-year-old son, Max.

When Elle met Kevin, the last thing she wanted was another relationship. Especially not with a man with baggage-she already had enough of her own. She left her fianc√©, Chase right before their wedding to avoid the imminent D word, something she’s convinced runs in her family like a disease. But a year later, she’s no closer to becoming less skeptical about marriage. And despite her attachment to Kevin and his son, when Elle sees just how far Jordan’s willing to go to win Kevin back, Elle starts to question if she should have left Chase in the first place.

In The "D" Word you’ll walk in the shoes of Jordan and Elle as they discover that sometimes you’re not that different from the person who makes you feel the most insecure.

I was really impressed with this novel. Written in two voices, the authors kept the storyline moving along, and the characters interesting. It is a light, lively read about a serious subject - romance addicts will love it, "chick lit" fans will adore it, and fans of well-written fiction will find it satisfying!

About The Authors:

The authors, Liz and Lisa, have been friends for twenty years since the day Lisa walked into Freshman English class wearing red eyeglasses that made her look like Sally Jessie Rafael s younger, more stylish sister. They both attended Cal Poly Pomona University and each graduated with a degree in Communication. They created the popular website Chick Lit is not Dead to celebrate books with high fashion and happy endings. Liz resides in Long Beach, Ca and Lisa lives in Chicago, Il.
Check at their website at http://chicklitisnotdead.com/
The "D" Word is an e-book, and is available at:

Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/d-word-liz-fenton/1103017678?ean=2940012925213&itm=2&usri=liz%2bfenton

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/The-D-Word-ebook/dp/B0051HHUE6/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

My thanks to the authors for the review copy of this book, and to Crystal Patriache at BookSparks PR.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice review, Sharon. I enjoyed this one as well! Looking forward to reading more by this duo :-)

Liz Fenton said...

Thanks so much for the great review! xoxo, Liz and Lisa