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Monday, August 30, 2010

Bad Heir Day by Wendy Holden

Bad Heir Day by Wendy Holden
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Comedic Satire
Length: Full Length (323 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Anna’s boyfriend is impossibly handsome, impossibly rich, and generally just impossible. When he inevitably dumps her, she vows to give up men and throws herself into her career as an aspiring novelist. Which is how she ends up working for Cassandra.

The social climber from hell, Cassandra has a huge mansion, a philandering rock star husband, Satan for a son, and a bestselling writing career that has massively stalled.

So when dashing Jamie, charming heir to a castle in Scotland, offers Anna an escape beyond her wildest dreams, she can’t believe her luck. And she probably shouldn’t…

Anna’s sense of self-worth hits tock bottom. As a “wanna-be” writer, she cannot seem to write anything but entries in her diary nor can she make a relationship work. Heeding advice from Geri, a girl she meets at a wedding, Anna takes a job as a writer’s assistant. Her life takes major turns not the least of which is being a nanny to the eight-year-old horror, Zak, the writer’s son.

Zak and his parents, the writer Cassandra and the aging rock star Jett, make the term dysfunction family come to life. Happenings in their lives are not for the faint-of-heart to read. Caustic humor about the “one-ups-man-ship” of the wealthy and of secret habits flabbergast at times.

Geri pops up often as Anna works toward “finding herself”. Geri’s irrepressible optimism, creative thinking, along with her uninhibited life style brightens even the gloomy old castle on the dreariest of the isles of Scotland. She sees possibilities that no one else even dreams of. She even enlivens the repressed Jamie whom Anna believes to be hopeless.

Ah, finally, Robbie, the poet, adds a touch of mystery, then, Mrs. McLeod and Nanny help stir the happenings on Skul Isle. These characters influence Anna’s finding her way and quite remarkably bring hope for Cassandra, Jett, and Zak.

Wendy Holden writes a fast-paced, witty satirical comedy that reveals the imperfections of people but also shows how they rise above personal flaws and defeats to find fulfillment in their lives.

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