Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Lucky Charm by Marie Astor

Title: Lucky Charm
Author: Marie Astor
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for honest review


Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.


Lucky Charm is a book about a 28-year old woman named Annabel. She is in the midst of planning her wedding when she catches her fiance cheating on her. They have been together since college, so this is completely devastating to her. Annabel's best friend ends up dragging Annabel on a trip to Paris with her, where she meets a guy named Etienne.

I thought it was kind of weird how almost every character was being cheated on, or had been cheated on. It could almost make you paranoid that every man is a cheating scumbag, lol... I loved how Annabel was strong though, and kicked her fiance out on his butt. The first half of the book pretty much revolved around the affair, and we don't meet Etienne until the second half of the book. Since I am such a romance nut, I would liked to have seen more time between Annabel and Etienne. I really liked how their first date didn't go so well, and that it wasn't happily-ever-after from first glance.

This is the first time in a long time where I've read a book without any paranormal elements in it. Overall, it was a cute story though. It was interesting reading about the different aspects of Paris. This book is pretty squeaky-clean in the passion department, so it's okay for romance lovers of any age.

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