Date: Oct. 2003
Reviewed: Mass market Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Notes: Reviewer, Janet Elaine Smith, is the author
of 11 published novels, including Dunootar, Marylebone, Par
for the Course, In St. Patrick's Custody, Recipe for Murder,
House Call to the Past, Monday Knight, My Dear Phebe, A Christmas
Dream and A Lumberjack Christmas. She also writes
regularly for 9 print magazines, as well as several e-zines.
not a huge fan of the new phenomena known as "Chick Lit."
However, when I heard Millie Criswell had one of the two novels
for Harlequin's new Chick Lit imprint, Flipside, I knew I had to
have it. You see, I have never read a Millie Criswell book I didn't
love. So, I was willing to take a chance on it. I was sure I wouldn't
be disappointed-and I definitely wasn't.
to many of Millie's other books, Staying Single delves into
another Italian family (although a bit dysfunctional, which is part
of Millie's charm-her abnormal families almost make our own seem
normal by comparison). This one takes place in Philadelphia, which
is my favorite US city, making it doubly enticing.
Morelli is on her way to the altar-again! This is her third trip.
Is the third time a charm, or is it a matter of "three strikes
and you're out"? As she heads down the aisle with her father,
she panics and bolts. A car is waiting for her, arranged for by
her gay male roommate. Where does he send her? To Niagra Falls:
the honeymoon capital of the US!
Carson is left standing at the altar-alone. He knew her past record
for dodging weddings, so he shouldn't be too upset. Matt's half-brother,
Mark Fielding, arrives at the church just in time to see the remains
of Francie as she disappears into the awaiting car. When he gets
inside and discovers what has just happened, he sets his plan of
revenge into action.
a few days Mark has sent Matt and their parents to Hawaii to get
over the whole affair-or lack of it, and Mark has wormed his way
into Francie's life through her workplace.
only thing Mark hadn't planned on was falling head-over-heels in
love with Francie. Would she hate him forever once he tells her
the truth, or does love truly forgive anything?
as all Millie Criswell books, is laugh after laugh. I highly recommend
it. If all Chick Lit is like Staying Single, it's a new genre that
is here to stay for a long time.