Big mouth. Big heart.
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing her college graduation money on a trip to visit her long-distance boyfriend (of three months) Andrew, instead of using it as the down payment for the cute little Manhattan apartment everyone is expecting her to rent after finding a well-paying job in the city.
Where she’s going to live and how she’s going to support herself in the fall are really the least of Lizzie’s problems right now. Not when she’s got to deal with the fact that she’s done it again. See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. It’s not just that she can’t keep a secret—she can’t keep anything to herself.
But this time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.
What’s an American girl with a big mouth—but an equally big heart—to do?
Fortunately there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings with her boyfriend Chaz in a sixteenth century chateau. One call to Shari, and Lizzie’s on a train to Paris. Who cares if Lizzie’s never traveled alone before in her life, and speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac—not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac’s owner—and she’s smitten…
But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke seems to hate her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for closure (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…
…unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.
Lizzie Nichols is back, pounding the New York City pavement, looking for a job, a place to live, and her proper place in the universe (not necessarily in that order).
When summer fling Luke uses the L-Word (Living Together), Lizzie is only too happy to give up her plan of being post-grad roomies with best friend Shari in a one-room walk-up in exchange for co-habitation with the love her life in his mother’s Fifth Avenue pied-a-terre, complete with doorman and resident Renoir.
But Lizzie’s not so lucky in her employment search. As Shari finds the perfect job, Lizzie struggles through one humiliating interview after another, being judged overqualified for the jobs in her chosen field?vintage gown rehab—and underqualified for everything else. It’s Shari’s boyfriend Chaz to the rescue when he recommends Lizzie for a receptionist’s position at his father’s posh law firm. The non-paying gig at a local wedding gown shop Lizzie manages to land all on her own.
But Lizzie’s notoriously big mouth begins to get her in trouble at work and at home almost at once—first at the law firm, where she becomes too chummy with Jill Higgins, a New York society bride with a troublesome future mother-in-law, and then back on Fifth Avenue, when she makes the mistake of bringing up the M-Word (Marriage) with commitment-shy Luke.
Soon Lizzie finds herself jobless as well as homeless all over again. Can Lizzie save herself – and the hapless Jill – and find career security (not to mention a mutually satisfying committed relationship) at last?
Available: July 1, 2008
Big mouth. Big heart. Big wedding. Big problems.
It’s the wedding of the century!
Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life’s become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings-although, oddly, not necessarily her own–as Lizzie prepares (sort of) for her dream wedding at her fiance’s chateau in the south of France.
But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man–with whom Lizzie might once accidentally have slept no, really, just slept–announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie’s Midwestern family can’t understand why she doesn’t want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking-in France; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.
Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as Bride? Or is she destined to fall into another man’s arms and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?
One thing’s for sure: this is a wedding no one is likely to forget-if it ever even happens at all.
Kadushin is perfect and perfectly adorable in the role of Lizzie, the bubbly, idealistic “History of Fashion” major whose na vet , cluelessness and inability to keep her mouth shut land her in one amusing scrape after another. The book’s narrative style is ideal for audio: Lizzie tells her story in an eager, breathless first-person monologue that sounds completely natural and believable when read aloud (“I can not believe I just did that. Why did I open my big mouth, especially about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me? I am such an idiot!”) Kadushin plays the role to the hilt and makes the audiobook feel like sitting down with a close friend who can’t wait to share her latest gossip and secrets. Kadushin is also hilarious as Andy, Lizzie’s one-time boyfriend, whose charming British accent can’t hide that he’s a deadbeat loser, and Dominique, the snooty French-Canadian girlfriend of Luke, the sweet guy whom Lizzie ends up falling for. This entertaining, breezy and lightweight chick-lit romance is perfect for beach listening. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Reviews, June 5). (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
– Publishers Weekly
Recent college grad (or is she?) sets off on a romantic lark to London and has to quickly readjust her plans. Lizzie Nichols has finally graduated from college, lost weight and snared herself a sexy English beau. Granted, she only met him one night before he moved back to London, but surely Andrew is as sweet as his letters and as sultry as that accent. Turns out, he’s neither sweet nor sultry. Andy lives with his parents, has a gambling problem and wears terrible clothes. To make matters worse, he’s trying to fleece the government and is demanding Lizzie’s financial help. Time to flee! Fortunately, Lizzie’s best friend is spending the summer with her boyfriend at a luxurious chateau in the French countryside, where they are setting up for an elaborate wedding in exchange for free lodging. A room is open to Lizzie if she’s willing to help with the preparations. Distraught and frazzled, Lizzie finds herself on the Chunnel, unloading all her internal baggage-including intimate details of what she and Andy did in bed together-to a handsome stranger who offered her a seat. But that’s what anonymous train rides are for, right? Oh dear. Handsome Stranger Luke disembarks at the same time as Lizzie-and tells her his own secret: His father owns Chateau Mirac. Soon she finds herself in a fairy tale world of sparkling wine and pool parties-and on an emotional roller-coaster ride when she learns that Luke’s lithe golden girlfriend plans on turning the glorious chateau into a gruesome liposuction spa. Oh, and while Lizzie clearly has no trouble spilling secrets, there is one she has kept bottled up all summer-and it’s about to pop like a bottle of fine champagne. Chipper European romp for adult girls who have graduated from The Princess Diaries.
– Kirkus Reviews