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#By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank–Review–5 Stars

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Susan Kennedy Cambria and her husband Alejandro are part of Chicago’s wealthy elite class. And, although Susan adores Frederick Stiftel, her future son-in-law, she worries that her daughter is marrying below her. Frederick was raised on a farm, in Low Country, South Carolina, after all, and not in a city, like the Cambria’s.

Diane Stiftel loved her son Fred, and although, she truly wanted to get along with his fiancee’s mother, Susan Cambria, she was not about to allow the woman to bully her about wedding plans.  

I found the banter between the Stiftel’s family hysterical; as well as the engagement party held by them in South Carolina. When wealthy over-the-top-snobbish Susan Cambria and her friends came to South Carolina, they got a full, in-your-face, eye-opening introduction into farm life and southern hospitality. I love the Stiftel family, especially, Diane. She’s a giving, kind, and wholesome woman. Susan Cambria on-the-other-hand is just the opposite. She and her husband Alejandro are about to learn a couple of hard-earned lessons. Unfortunately, life’s greatest awakenings don’t come as a spur-of-the-moment, brilliant idea, but occur at the tail-end of an excruciating and agonizing experience.

By Invitation Only is a hilarious as well as a poignant read. The characters are well-crafted and engaging; the plot captivating and the dialogue witty. I absolutely loved it.

By Invitation Only is a quality read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

~5 out of 5 stars~ 


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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I am the author of eighteen novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina and thanking God for my chance to speak. When I’m not writing, I’m reading or gardening or cooking. Love to travel, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband and children – not always necessarily in that order. My most recent, Same Beach, Next Year (William Morrow) goes on sale May 16, 2017. Love to have company so come visit at http://www.dotfrank.com or on Facebook. And by the way, serious huge gushing thanks for everything – your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn’t mean as much. Dot xoxo


*The Paris Effect* 5-Solid Stars* by K.S.R. Burns

The Paris Effect

The Paris Effect is a cleverly written, humorous story about life, relationships, and the shocking realization that people aren’t always who they say they are. This story hijacked my emotions and captured my attention from the very beginning. The characters in The Paris Effect are well developed, quirky and likable. I loved every page of this delightful, and engaging tale.

Amy is a twenty-nine-year-old married woman who obsesses about everything. She obsessed about food, rules, schedules and going to Paris, among other things. She and her best friend Kat spent oodles of time obsessing and planning a trip to Paris. But when Kat died before they could implement their plan, Amy decided to take the trip for the two of them. She didn’t however, tell her husband about her intended adventure. Amy waited instead, until he left on a business trip, and then boarded a plane for Paris.

Although I didn’t agree with Amy’s self-centered decision, she was a character that I ended up adoring. Her wild and crazy antics in Paris were hilarious. K.S.R. Burns’s superb writing skills made the streets of Paris come alive for me.

I highly recommend reading The Paris Effect. It’s witty, clever, and emotionally charged. It’s a book that will capture your heart and make you laugh. This book is entertainment at its best.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover