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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Review: Good Things

Good Things
by Mia King.

Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simple, and simply live -- ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on, who happens to be gay.

But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, she's left trying to figure out the next segment. She can achieve the perfect balance of ingredients in a corn fritter, but it's not so easy in her life.

Seizing on a chance encounter with an attractive stranger, Deidre accepts his offer to use his country home. She hopes to get away for a while and learn to practice what she preaches: to appreciate life without voice mail; to gain the courage to start again; and to take the first, cautious steps toward a new kind of success—and maybe even love.
Even though I had a pile of things to do, when I opened the pages of Good ThingsI was hooked. I could not stop reading this book. Dishes piled up, beds went unmade, writing did not get done. What did get done was this reader entered into a world that started in fast paced Seattle and quickly shifted to a cabin on a lake…way away from the screaming throng.

This debut novel by Mia King, which is currently in its third printing, is a delightful view of one woman's search for a new taste in life. When her world is turned upside down, Deidre retreats for a while to lick her wounds and wonder what's next. You will laugh out loud as she finds a new niche in life—one that utilizes her skills and talents in ways she could never imagine.

Mia not only brings sparkling and full-blooded main characters to life, her secondary characters are also worth knowing. You will fall in love with Kevin and want to slap Marla and wonder more about Lindsey. Good Things is, quite simply, a delightful read and, to top it off, Mia includes some of Deidre's favorite recipes.

The writing is fresh, entertaining, and filled with humor. I'm really looking forward to her next novel, The Aloha Diaries scheduled for publication in August 2008.

Try them (book and recipes)… you'll like them.