by Millie Criswell

November 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77011-1
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Thanksgiving is past, and the Christmas rush is on. If you’re like me you’re probably ready for that Calgon take me away moment. Do yourself a favor and lock the bathroom door, but not before you’ve made sure to have a book to read while the steam and Calgon relax your body. For relaxing your mind, may I suggest Body Language by Millie Criswell?

Ellie Peters is a grown, independent child. Her parents are suffering a crisis in their marriage, and her mom has chosen flight over fight and has moved into Ellie’s new apartment. Needless to say, Ellie is not overly thrilled to be finding mom firmly ensconced in not only her apartment, but in her life as well.

Ellie is also trying to get over a failed relationship, and to that extent she has decided to make changes in her life. She joins a gym and has a great new apartment (a necessity since she was living with the ex in his place). Things are going fairly well even as she is learning to get along with mom.

Another kink in her life comes when Ellie, who is determined to do something about her dating/sex life, gets a new boss. Her new boss is none other than her ex-fiancée, Michael Deavers. Michael was the love of her life. It has been seven years since the broken engagement. Is seven years enough time for both Ellie and Michael to get over one another? Can they put their differences behind them, and make a fresh start without any rancor?

Body Language is vintage Criswell. The dialogue is sharp and witty. The humor that many of Ms. Criswell’s fans have come to expect is in full force. The secondary characters have wonderful full lives that only add to the entire enjoyment of Body Language. I can only hope for you a few moments of time when you can have that Calgon bath, and enjoy Body Language as I did.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Sandi.

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