Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Groundswell by Katie Lee


Title: Groundswell by Katie Lee
Publisher: Free Press
Published: June 21, 2011
ISBN: 9781439183595
Pages: 240

From Amazon:
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Sometimes the biggest ripples come from the smallest events. Like the day that Emma Guthrie walks into world-famous movie star Garrett Walker’s trailer. When she steps through the door, she’s a novice PA who’s just dropped out of college after losing her scholarship. When she walks out, she’s on her way to becoming Mrs. Emma Walker—wife of an A-list actor. Soon, Emma has made the transition from nobody to red-carpet royalty, trading jeans and flip-flops for closets full of Chanel and Birkin bags, swishing past velvet ropes to attend every lavish party and charity gala on both coasts. With her husband’s encouragement, Emma pens a screenplay based on her life, Fame Tax, which becomes a blockbuster sensation. Through it all, Garrett is her ally and her mentor . . . until their relationship is thrown into question by an incriminating text message that Emma discovers on Garrett’s phone the night of the Met Costume Institute Gala.
Devastated by her husband’s infidelity and hounded mercilessly by the paparazzi, Emma must flee New York City to get away from it all and clear her head. Her destination? A sleepy coastal town in Mexico where no one recognizes her and there is nothing but unspoiled beaches for miles. Here, she meets Ben, a gorgeous, California-born surf instructor, who teaches her about the healing powers of surfing, shows her the joys of the simple life, and ultimately opens her up to the possibility of love........

Groundswell is a great read for the beach or train, plane or car ride.  It's a quick, enjoyable read.  The only downside is that most of the novel talks about her life just before and during her marriage.  It would have been great for her period of self-discovery in Mexico was longer.  All in all, Emma was a realistic character; we were there with her every step of the way..  Cookbooks aren't the only thing Katie Lee can write.

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