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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
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9781250011381

9781250022646
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First edition.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
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x, 290 pages ; 25 cm
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Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is this year's lucky winner of a brand-new, fully loaded dream home! Problem is, which Janine Brown? Janine "Janey" Brown is at first reluctant to give up the safety and sanctity she finds in her tiny kitchen. Across town, Janine "Nean" Brown knows that this house promises an escape from the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunk boyfriends. Both Janine Browns head for Christmas Cove, Maine, to claim the prize they both rightfully think is theirs.
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Harms
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Harms, K.
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A debut novel about luck and love, and winning a sweepstakes, with a cast of characters who will charm readers from the very first page

The HomeSweetHome Network has just announced this year's lucky winner of a brand-new, fully loaded dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

For Janine "Janey" Brown, hearing her name called on the TV has the hallmarks of one of her aunt Midge's harebrained plans designed to bring Janey into a world outside the one she once shared with her fianc#65533;. Janey, however, is reluctant to give up the safety and sanctity she finds in her tiny kitchen, submerging her anxiety and grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu.

Meanwhile, across town, Janine "Nean" Brown just knows that this house is her destiny. Good fortune took its sweet time showing up in her life, but better late than never. And now that it's here, the house promises an escape from the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunk boyfriends. This house will turn her into someone the world sees, instead of the bedraggled girl who others look past without a thought.

Both Janine Browns head for Christmas Cove, Maine, to claim the prize they both rightfully think is theirs. When their lives and personalities intersect, however, they discover that more than just a million-dollar dream home awaits them at the water's edge. These three women (oh yes, Aunt Midge comes along for the ride!) arrive at their newfound mansion only to uncover what exactly it means to truly be "home."

Filled with wit and charm, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is Kelly Harms's enchanting and heartfelt debut--a testament to the many, many ways love finds us, the power of a home-cooked meal, and just what it means to be lucky.


Author Notes

KELLY HARMS is a former editor and literary agent who has worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning authors of commercial fiction. She traded New York City for the writing life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her adorable and sometimes imperious toddler Griffin. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is her first novel.


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Kirkus Review

When Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is announced as the winner of a dream home in Maine, two women who share the same name may just be what the other needs for a brand new lease on life. Janey Brown's Great Aunt Midge has entered her name in a Free House Sweepstakes, and when she wins the house in Maine, Janey would like nothing more than to crawl into the safe, warm haven of her kitchen and make it all go away. Speaking to strangers gives her hives and ties her tongue in knots, which she'd just as soon have happen in the comfort of her own familiar hometown. Unfortunately, Janey knows how much the house means to Aunt Midge, and Aunt Midge is smart enough to tempt Janey with the dream kitchen that comes with the home, so before long, they're off to begin new lives on the East Coast. Meanwhile, Nean Brown also heard her name called on the contest announcement, and she, too, is headed to Maine to claim her prize. So when these three women collide on the doorstep of 1516 Shipwreck Lane, confusion and antipathy arise. Aunt Midge is 88, a true character and wise as the day is long in summer. She sees through the wisecracking Nean to the vulnerable girl inside and opens her heart and the house to her, dragging Janey grumbling behind. Along the way, Janey and Nean form a truce, then a bond, with a bit of help from Aunt Midge and a small community of people they meet and, to Janey's shock, befriend. Janey is a professional cook and social recluse whose main interactions for the past few years have been with Aunt Midge and The Food Network. Nean is a wanderer with no education and fewer prospects. Each one must work through her own past, fear and insecurities, then turn to the other as they navigate romantic highs and lows and other life lessons in this charming winner. A perfect recipe of clever, quirky, poignant and fun make this a delightful debut.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

The HomeSweetHome network has just announced that Janine Brown of Davenport, Iowa, is the big winner of its Free House Sweepstakes, and the prize is a gorgeous, fully loaded dream home in Maine. The network had no idea , however, that two Janine Browns live in Davenport, and they couldn't be more different. Debilitatingly shy Janey Brown is the polar opposite of outgoing, gregarious Nean Brown, but they're both ecstatic to hear that they've won the life-changing contest. While the logistics surrounding the dual contest winners are resolved, Janey and Nean find that they share so much more than the same name and hometown. Set in small-town Maine, this first novel is a story of rebuilding, recovery, and renewal. Harms has created two incredibly likable heroines, allowing the strengths of one woman to bolster the weaknesses of the other. While the central conflict of the story appears to be resolved fairly early, a succession of plot twists keeps the reader intrigued and invested. In the manner of Mary Kay Andrews and Jennifer Weiner, Harms' novel is emotionally tender, touching, and witty.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist