The Romance Reader's Guide to Life: A Novel

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Flatiron Books, Apr 4, 2017 - Fiction - 304 pages
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"Smart, funny, and compulsively readable." --Kirkus (starred review)

As a young girl, Neave was often stuck in a world that didn’t know what to do with her. As her mother not unkindly told her, she was never going to grow up to be a great beauty. Her glamorous sister, Lilly, moved easily through the world, a parade of handsome men in pursuit. Her brother didn’t want a girl joining his group of friends. And their small town of Lynn, Massachusetts, didn’t have a place for a girl whose feelings often put her at war with the world -- often this meant her mother, her brother, and the town librarian who wanted to keep her away from the Dangerous Books she really wanted to read.

But through an unexpected friendship, Neave finds herself with a forbidden copy of The Pirate Lover, a steamy romance, and Neave discovers a world of passion, love, and betrayal. And it is to this world that as a grown up she retreats to again and again when real life becomes too much.

Neave finds herself rereading The Pirate Lover more than she ever would have expected because as she gets older, life does not follow the romances she gobbled up as a child. When Neave and Lilly are about to realize their professional dream, Lilly suddenly disappears. Neave must put her beloved books down and take center stage, something she has been running from her entire life. And she must figure out what happened to Lilly – and if she’s next. Who Neave turns to help her makes Sharon Pywell's The Romance Reader's Guide to Life one of the most original, entertaining, exciting, and chilling novels you will read this year.

 

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User Review  - Sheila1957 - LibraryThing

This was totally different from what I expected. It is part murder mystery, part magical realism, part contemporary romance, part historical romance, and some things I cannot name because I do not ... Read full review

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User Review  - MickyFine - LibraryThing

I'm at a loss trying to blurb this book. It follows the life of Neave Terhune from her childhood during the Great Depression through to her life as an adult running a cosmetics company in the post-war ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
12
Section 4
16
Section 5
25
Section 6
28
Section 7
33
Section 8
41
Section 25
174
Section 26
185
Section 27
188
Section 28
190
Section 29
198
Section 30
201
Section 31
204
Section 32
209

Section 9
48
Section 10
60
Section 11
67
Section 12
70
Section 13
77
Section 14
84
Section 15
95
Section 16
106
Section 17
115
Section 18
125
Section 19
131
Section 20
136
Section 21
144
Section 22
154
Section 23
165
Section 24
167
Section 33
211
Section 34
213
Section 35
220
Section 36
228
Section 37
232
Section 38
237
Section 39
243
Section 40
249
Section 41
260
Section 42
268
Section 43
273
Section 44
280
Section 45
294
Section 46
303
Section 47
307
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About the author (2017)

Sharon Pywell is the author of The Romance Reader's Guide to Life. She lives in Boston.

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