August 9, 2010

Review: Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich

Penelope Mercury, an intrepid reporter at the New York Telegraph, has pounded the pavement for five years from city borough to borough, carrying out her boss's eccentric orders to break stories that seem inconsequential to everyone but him. Finally, she is inches away from being promoted to her dream job---covering courtroom drama for the paper---but after one spectacularly disastrous day, she is fired instead.

Lena "Lipstick Carcrash" Lippencrass has a pretty fabulous life, even by a socialite's standards, as top editor at the high fashion magazine Y. Long lunches with her girlfriends and afternoons spent shopping at Bergdorf's are all in a day's work. But when her indulgent parents abruptly cut off her cash flow and kick her out of her beloved West Village duplex because she refuses to work for the family business, Lena is forced to confront the reality of what it takes to pay the bills. 

Dana Gluck, a workaholic lawyer, had been married for two years to a man who was perfect on paper but increasingly critical in reality. She hoped that her dreams of motherhood would be fulfilled soon, which surely would also fix their marriage problems. Instead, her husband leaves her for an exchange student/model who, to make matters worse, promptly gets pregnant. When fate conspires to have these three very different women move into the same SoHo apartment building, they soon discover that having their carefully planned lives fall to pieces might be the best thing that could have ever happened to them.

Mercury in Retrograde reminded me how much I adore chick-lit.  The women in this book are so easy to relate to that I almost forgot I was reading a book and not having a long conversation while at dinner for a girl's night.  I actually enjoyed it more than Sex and the City (GASP!). 

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
June 1, 2010
262 pages
$15.00 US

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. I'm glad to hear this is good, I have been wanting to read it!

  2. I love a good Chick Lit story. Sounds great. Thanks for the review.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  3. This sounds like a really fun story.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  4. I'm intrigued by the cover of the book. Can't wait to read it.

  5. Liked more than SATC... hush!!!


  6. This book sounds so good! I also love chic lit and loved Sex and the City so I am sure I won't be disappointed with this book either. The artwork is beautiful as well!

  7. This book grabs my attention just from the interesting title and the colorful book cover. It sounds like a nice read on a rainy day alone having "girl time" and just relaxing. Sounds interesting!

  8. sounds like a good summertime read!

  9. Sounds so good, thanks for the review!

  10. The cover just draws you right in! Great review!

  11. This looks a perfect easy summer reading book. Great for those days at the beach! thanks for the review.

  12. I really enjoyed your review. Sure made me want to read this book. I like reading chick-lit, breaks up the bordom of reading other types of books.


  13. I love characters I can relate to. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the review!

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  14. Thanks for the giveaway!