by Julie Ortolon

September 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21640-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon is the lead off story to her new trilogy. Almost Perfect has no suspense, unless you consider the challenge that friends Maddy, Christine, and Amy have set for one another.

The three former college roommates are having coffee after attending a book signing for a fourth suitemate from their dorm. They are discussing Jane’s book, her career, and success and decide to implement some of her ideas from her new self-help book and challenge one another to face their biggest fears.

Almost Perfect is Maddy’s story. Her challenge quickly becomes two-fold when she announces to her friends that she has been offered the job of being the Arts and Crafts Coordinator for a summer camp that is run by her former high school boyfriend, Joe. The friends decide that Maddy’s challenge will be to get her artwork on display in a gallery in Santa Fe, where the camp is located, as well as mending fences with Joe.

Maddy arrives at Camp Enchantment and Joe is surprised. He never put the new A&C Coordinator’s name to his Maddy, the girl he never truly stopped loving. Maddy to is surprised that he was unaware she was coming. It doesn’t take the two long to realize that they have been manipulated by Joe’s mom better known as Mama Fraser. Will it be the last time?

Maddy and Joe’s teenaged relationship didn’t last because of a lack of communication and true understanding of one another. Will their adult relationship suffer the same fate?

Ms. Ortolon has written a great start to her new trilogy. Often when reading a trilogy you find the ending of each story to be such a cliff hanger that you feel unfulfilled with the turning of the last page. Almost Perfect ended with the requisite cliff hanger, but one which also leaves it’s readers satisfied that Maddy and Joe will get their happily ever after and that Christine and Amy will also conquer there fears when they get their stories.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Sandi.

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