Friday, April 21, 2006

Madame Mirabou's School of Love

What can I say about Barbara Samuel's books? She speaks to my heart, and I've enjoyed every one of her books. She caught me with the first sentence of her latest book. "I told the insurance company I was sleeping when the house blew up." Nicole Bridges was already struggling with her divorce and the loss of her fifteen year old daughter. And then her furnace blew up, and she lost the house.

Now, she's in an apartment complex nicknamed Splitsville for others in her same situation. Despite her depression, she finds a job in a restaurant, makes new friends, and maybe there's a new man in her life. And, best of all, she reaches back into her past to discover she still loves scents and wants to create perfumes. As Nikki tries to move on, she's contrasted with a neighbor, Roxanne, who is still obsessed with her ex-husband and his new wife. Roxanne sinks deeper into trouble while Nikki realizes it could have been her.

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