Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa is announced as the winner of a brand new, state of the art, everything you ever dreamed or could have imagined in a house on the coast of Maine.
Janine Brown is not excited at all. She did not even enter the contest. Her 88-year-old aunt entered her name for her. She is just fine living alone, cooking for no one but herself and living in constant fear of meeting new people. She is not pleased.
Janine Brown, on the other hand, is ecstatic. She knew she would win when she sent in her entry postcard. She had dreamed that she would win. She even gives her abusive boyfriend/I need somewhere to live so I will live here person a conk on the head as she heads to Maine.
Nope. I am not insane. Yes. I am talking about the same book.
You see, there are TWO Janine Browns of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Neither knows about the other. In any way. At all. A series of mishaps and miscues later and two Janine Browns of Cedar Falls, Iowa and one Aunt Midge end up in a house that is large enough to house all three, but also too small to house all three.
Janey Brown is shy to the point of being incapacitated by it. Take a personality that is 180 degrees the opposite and you get the gregarious, extroverted Nean Brown. Throw in Janey’s Aunt Midge, whom Janey lovingly refers to as a “dirty old bird,” and you have for yourself one incredibly hilarious and entertaining read!
And IT. IS. HILARIOUS! Picture this: You are at a red light. You are minding your own business. However, something in the car next to you catches your peripheral vision. You look over. There is a crazy woman in the car next to you. Insane. Call the police kind of crazy. Call the guy with the funny little white jacket kind of crazy. She is in her car at the light. Alone. There is NO ONE in the car with her. She is laughing hysterically. One hand on the wheel. One hand covering her mouth laughing obviously out loud. She looks over at you and holds up a case for an audiobook. No way it can be that funny, right?
It is. I am the call the white jacket guy she’s crazy person! This happened! No lie. I was probably the topic of her next Facebook status update. I think I scared her. Realize here that I LOVE a good book. I LOVE a good hearty laugh. Put those together with two amazing narrators and you have the winning entry for yourself!
- The good luck girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Kindle: 1324 KB
- Audiobook: 10 hours and 13 minutes Narrated by Reay Kaplan (Janey) and Suehyla El-Attar (Nean)
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (July 1, 2014)
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