by Betsy Burke

November 2005
ISBN: 0-373-89542-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Dinah Nichols and her pals are out to save the world. Even though it seems like Dinah herself may actually be doing little but bemoaning her single fate and the absence of a father figure in her life, for the past few years, she’s actually doing as much as she can for her planet in the public relations department of Green World International.

Then suddenly, notorious Ian Trutch, part of upper management, comes into her office to clear out all those who aren’t carrying their own weight. That should be reason enough for Dinah not to get involved with him, shouldn’t it? Still, a relationship with Ian is oh so tempting for Dinah, especially during this long dry spell when she has actually began to look forward to the daily conversations she has with her obscene phone caller.

Betsy Burke has done well with this one! Hardly Working is far from being a chore to read. This clever, humorous novel will stick to readers’ hands like quick glue.

Dinah and her diverse group of friends are zany characters whose lives read like an HBO drama, one that is wild and crazy yet so excitingly pleasurable that you even skip parties to watch.

Lately it seems that everyone is trying to do the chick-lit thing, and as always, too many people doing the same thing, tends to produce boring carbon copies. It is good to see a writer who can craft an exceptional story with uniquely drawn characters. Betsy Burke is that writer.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Natasha.

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