by Beth Ciotta

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-77207-0
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As I sit here Iím dreaming of the trip Iím planning this summer. Iím thinking is it too soon to plan those vacation reads? I think not, so Iíd like to recommend one to you, All About Evie by Beth Ciotta.

Evie Parish is an over forty heroine, and I found that to be refreshing. Evie is a character actress whose entire career has been spent in various casinos in Atlantic City. During her latest audition, where yet again sheís older than the image they want, her self control snaps, and she does something totally out of any her character's character.

Embarrassed as she is, she does feel itís up to her to inform her agent, and ex-husband, Michael about the incident. She thinks heíll be able to help her work up a damage control plan. However, Michael thinks that perhaps Evie should consider giving up her acting career and instead join him in the management business.

Suddenly, the phone rings, and at the other end of the line is the opportunity of a lifetime for Evie. NoÖsheís not going to get the casino job, but due to anotherís misfortune and her being in Michaelís officeÖsheís going to get a job that will pay $3000. What does she have to do? Well, to that end Michael is rather vague, and not willing to tell her more. However he tells her the job will entail some traveling aboard a cruise ship and sharing of a cabin with a member of the opposite sex. Now Evie knows she canít resist!

Arch, is the man with whom Evie will be sharing a cabin as well as being her boss. Arch is just as vague as Michael was in the exact reason he has hired someone to play his fun loving good time party gal wife. However, Evie throws herself into the role, and soon the two begin sharing aspects of their real lives.

Thereís a little suspense in All About Evie, and the ending was just a bit rushed. There is a cliffhanger at the ending, which would have disappointed me if I hadnít known that there was a sequel coming next year.

Overall All About Evie was just the book I needed when I read it. I loved the humor, and the way Evie didnít take herself to seriously. Sheís an infectious character, and someone I think we would all like to know in real life. Iím anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Sandi.

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