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Monday, October 15, 2012

TLC Book Blog Tour - Jennifer Johnson Is Sick Of Being Married by Heather McElhatton

Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for author Heather McElhatton's new book, "Jennifer Johnson Is Sick Of Being Married."

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 9, 2012)

Sometimes tying the knot just means getting strangled

Not too long ago, Jennifer Johnson was stuck in a cubicle, lovelorn and addicted to Cinnabon frosting. Now she’s married to her Prince Charming—the handsome, wealthy son of a midwestern department-store magnate. But the grass on this too-manicured other side is not as green as she’d thought.

After a honeymoon from hell at a gated Christian resort in the Virgin Islands—bought and paid for by the in-laws and complete with alcohol-free drinks, curfews, and Satan-free yoga—Jennifer is beginning to have her doubts about the whole “happily-ever-after” thing. Soon she finds herself organizing Valentine’s Day abstinence dances with her mother-in-law’s church committee and dining with the ladies of the country club, who have their own theories about how to hold on to their men.

Is this really all there is to married life?

From Heather McElhatton, bestselling author of Pretty Little Mistakes and Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single, comes the next laugh-out-loud chapter in the story of an all-American everywoman whose every thought, flaw, and neurosis is on glorious display.

This is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud books that I have read this Fall!  Heather McElhatton captures the frustration and the delights of being a newlywed bride perfectly in this never-a-dull-moment story!

From the truly awful honeymoon to the surprise-we-bought-you-a-house (right next door) from her  in-laws to the desperate measures Jennifer Johnson takes to try to please her new "hubs" Brad, this story is a rocking and rolling adventure from the word go!  And I enjoyed every minute of reading it.

Now, "Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Married" is actually a sequel to "Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single," and it does help to have a little bit of knowledge of the previous story, but McElhatton does a fine job of brining in enough back story for new readers to catch up quickly.  I  hope there is a third book planned - I'd like to see how Jennifer is doing these day!

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Heather McElhatton studied creative writing at the University of London and SACI in Florence, Italy, and received her MFA from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina..

McElhatton was an independent producer for Minnesota Public Radio and Public Radio International for over a decade and her stories and commentaries have been heard both nationally and internationally on Ira Glass’s This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money, and The Savvy Traveler. She produced the award-winning literary radio series Talking Volumes.

Besides ongoing reporting and radio commentary, Heather appeared on Ira Glass’s very first episode of the television version of This American Life.

McElhatton has had several short stories published, including Red Shoes in Alabama and the Whore Who Wore Them, which appeared in Joyce Carol Oates's literary journal, Ontario Review, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

McElhatton’s first novel, Pretty Little Mistakes, is an adult choose-your-own-adventure novel with more than 150 endings. The book was published by HarperCollins in May 2007 and immediately became an international bestseller. Her second choose-your-own adventure book, Million Little Mistakes was published in 2008, and asked readers how they’d spend 22 million dollars.

McElhatton’s third novel, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single is dark romantic comedy published by Harpercollins May 5, 2009 . The sequel, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married was published by Harpercollins October 9, 2012.

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Heather’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 9th: An Unconventional Librarian
Wednesday, October 10th: Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, October 11th: Silver & Grace
Monday, October 15th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, October 16th: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, October 17th: WV Stitcher
Thursday, October 18th: Drey’s Library
Tuesday, October 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, October 24th: Seaside Book Nook
Thursday, October 25th: Book Him Danno!
Tuesday, October 30th: girlichef
Wednesday, October 31st: Never Too Fond of Books

My Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this blog tour, and to William Morrow Books for providing a review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

This is going on my TBR list, Sharon. I could really use a LOL book right now. Great review!

holdenj said...

I will definitely be reading this one. I don't know if I thought I needed a sequal to JJISOBS, but it looks good!

trish said...

Yay! I'm so glad that you loved it!

And oh, man, those early days of being married...I can see a LOT of humor in those days looking back on it now!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Trish, you have to have a sense of humor to be married! Luckily my husband and I have been laughing for nearly 30 years!