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You Had Me at Good-bye
(Book two in the Drama Queen series)

by Tracey Bateman

      New York book editor (and moonlighting novelist) Dancy Ames finds that her handsome new British boss, Jack Quinn, presents an obstacle to her career plans. He also happens to be her brother’s best friend and her secret crush, making the situation even more miserable for Dancy. Complicating her already complicated life is her beautiful cousin (an editor at a rival publisher), a nerdy guy who likes her, dysfunctional parents with massive bank accounts and miniscule self-awareness, and two goofy roommates.

Told in the first person, this fun novel reads as easy, inspirational chick-lit with a slight romantic spin. Church and the Bible play important roles in the characters’ lives and each chapter contains life lessons hidden just beneath the surface of the story (and sometimes not even hidden). The romantic elements are lightly sprinkled over each chapter with only the mildest flirting taking place. Dancy and Jack don’t even date, much less express any physical affection for each other.

Although the author presents a likeable main character, Dancy passes judgment on anyone who is over the age of 50 or larger than a size 4 dress (which probably includes many readers). Similarly, Bateman makes it perfectly clear who the good guys and bad guys are in the story. No deep thinking is required for deciphering the meaning of the novel or for figuring out the ending once you’ve read the first couple of chapters. Overall, You Had Me at Good-bye provides a light - though moralistic - look at New York’s publishing world and the quirky people who inhabit it.

The Book

FaithWords / Hachette
February 2008
Soft Cover
Chick-lit / Inspirational Romance
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The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance. The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies and Dreams on Film. Coming Soon: A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews.
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