by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

June 2002
ISBN: 1-587-85217-9
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Mazel Lynn Morganfield, Maisy for short, attends her ex-husband's funeral and runs into his current wife, Sharon. Sharon had an affair with John Morganfield and Maisy caught them in the act and threw him out of her home and life once and for all. Sharon did not recognize Maisy because she had lost over 100 pounds since then; she still treated Maisy as if she was fat and ugly not this gorgeous knock-out. But Sharon's brother, Keller sure noticed. Maisy noticed his chocolate chip eyes and just melted.

Maisy knows that she cannot have any kind of relationship with Keller because of who Keller is related to. Every time Sharon's name is mentioned, Maisy starts acting childishly and Keller is there to help her along. Maisy turns to her charming (but quite ineligible) boss Norman for a shoulder to cry on!

Norman's cousin from Texas arrives in town and Norman decides he will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Big Willy wants to marry Maisy and take her live in Saudi Arabia with him. Maisy can't stand Big Willy and voices her opinion to Norman on numerous occasions. So through many hair-brained ideas, disguises and tempting fate, the many plans sort of go like they were supposed to. Every time Norman had a new plan, he always tells Maisy to "trust me". She rolls her eyes and argues with him.

The numerous disasters that come along with the plan leave a bigger mess for Maisy and she tries her best to get out of telling the truth to Keller. All these plans seem to explode on Maisy and it looks like no amount of help will get her out of it and into Keller's arms. Which is where the plans were suppose to put her in the first place - with Keller happily ever after. Maisy is also a chocoholic so when something goes wrong she goes for the chocolate.

Shipping Sharon is one of the funniest, craziest, most down-to-earth books that I have read in a long time. The author's style of writing is fabulous; she definitely has a way with words and an accurate insight into what women think and why we act the way we do sometimes. Of course it helps that the author is a woman. :) Shipping Sharon is categorized as a contemporary romance/screwball comedy and it definitely is - with many quirks.

If you are looking to read a book that will have you in stitches this is the book for you and the romance is there as well. Remember, Maisy is a chocoholic so let your imagination go as to how chocolate might be used.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Pam.

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