Review: New Uses For Old BoyFriends by Beth Kendrick

New Uses For Old Boyfriends (Black Dog Bay Novel) by Beth Kendrick

New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015

Description (from the author’s website)

After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily ever after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

As the title indicates New Uses For Old Boyfriends (Black Dog Bay Novel) by Beth Kendrick is a fun novel!  There are two main characters, newly divorced, 29 year old, Lila and her recently widowed mother, Daphne.  They both start out broke and helpless.

Lila has lost her position as late-night TV sales host and can’t get an interview for another job.  She comes out of her divorce with little more than the money from the sale of her wedding rings.  She returns home to find her mother is in financial ruin.

Daphne, over 30 years ago left the life of being a model to marry and live happily with her husband.  He loved Daphne,  but left her in debt after he died.  Daphne being in denial, racked up additional debt to add to her financial problems.  She can no longer afford her beloved, oceanfront, home.

Lila has a ‘take action’ attitude to save their home while Daphne remains in denial.   Lila has the idea to open a shop, selling Daphne’s vintage clothes.  Daphne is more interested in making sure Lila’s appearance will impress old boyfriends than she is in her financial predicament.

Black Dog Bay is a close knit community where everyone knows everyone else and the adults gossip more than the kids.  I enjoyed the warmth that the locals show one another in this story.  I enjoyed the snappy dialog.  I also enjoyed the message that friends help one another when the going gets tough.  I categorized this novel under, Humor, Light Reads and Romance.

(This story takes place in, what I believe is the fictional, Black Dog Bay, oceanside Delaware.  A previous novel by Kendrick, Cure for the Common Breakup,  also takes place there.  However, New Uses For Old Boyfriends is a stand alone novel.)

First Line

“The last thing Lila did on her way out of town was sell her wedding rings.”

About the Author (from amazon)

Beth Kendrick is the author of ten novels, including Cure for the Common Breakup,The Week Before the Wedding, and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. She lives in Arizona with her family and a pair of unruly rescue dogs.

What Others Are Saying

Editorial Reviews (from amazon)

“A smart, funny spin on happily-ever-after!”
—Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author

“Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship [and] the importance of true love.”
—The Chicago Tribune

I would like to thank the author, Beth Kendrick and publisher, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, for providing me this book, free of charge for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 

I received this book free from the publisher, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I enjoyed it and look forward to more Black Dog Bay books (if there are any planned). I’ve marked the first one to read.


  2. I just read the review for this over at Mary’s Bookfan last night, two of you recommend it highly so it is one I just have to read, I love it when the going gets tough and the character(s) meet the challenge.


  3. Pat, I’ve been looking forward to your review of this book, which has a great title and interests me. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed your well-written review. 🙂


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