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 But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams.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.)
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