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Charming Falls Apart by Angela Terry

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Allison James is a people pleaser and rule follower, but the day before her thirty-fifth birthday, that all backfires: she is unexpectedly fired from the public relations firm she’s worked at for twelve years, only to come home and find out that her fiancé has been sleeping with her maid of honor.

Feeling lost, Allison takes her friend Jordan’s advice and uses the time off for some self-reflection. Over the next few months, she devours countless self-help books (albeit skeptically), schedules a soul reading with an astrologer/psychic/magician, and goes on a meditation retreat in Costa Rica, where she finally starts to feel like she’s getting her groove back.

Back at home, her desire to escape the condo she once shared with her fiancé makes her a regular at the new coffeehouse in her neighborhood, where she finds some guidance from (and eye candy in) the attractive owner, Eric. Between Jordan’s support, the Barnes & Noble self-help aisle, and the Tao of Eric, Allison gradually discovers that her old life wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and that if she truly wants to find her happily-ever-after, she’s going to have to start writing her own rules.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Charming Falls Apart is a feel-good chick-lit romance book about a PR exec who faces her worst nightmare when she loses her job and her fiancé in one day. Told from the first person, you stay with Allison as she tries to figure which way is up and what to do next.

Although this book was an easy read, I definitely felt of the lack of Eric's voice. It would have been nice to hear what he felt about Allison as the story progressed rather than just her.

Allison has a lot of learning to do in this book and Jordan is with her every step of the way. She is everything you would ever want in a friend. Other characters are clear-cut as to whether you like them or not and some are question marks all the way through. I'll let you decide which is which.

All in all, this was a great story that I enjoyed in a genre not usually one I read much of. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Angela Terry is an attorney who formerly practiced intellectual property law at large firms in Chicago and San Francisco. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two cats, and enjoys throwing novel-themed dinner parties for her women's fiction book club.

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