Monday, April 7, 2008

Review - Bikini Season, by Sheila Roberts

Bikini Season
Sheila Roberts
St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN # 978-0312370800

"Erin Merritt has returned to her scenic hometown of Heart Lake to plan her wedding, but when she repeatedly runs into her childhood crush, she wonders if she’s engaged to the wrong man. To make matters worse, all the stress is making her eat, and now she can’t fit into her wedding dress.

Erin enlists the help of her cooking club--Angela, Megan and Kizzy--and the Teeny Bikini Diet Club is born. The women make a pact to get slim enough to wear their bikinis to the lake by summertime, a pact that changes their lives forever. With a little help from her friends, Angela faces her fear that her marriage is crumbling. Megan confronts the self-esteem issues that have always held her back. Kizzy deals with her husband’s efforts to sabotage her diet and keep her overweight. And Erin learns some important truths about love."

I reviewed Sheila Robert's On Strike For Christmas a few months ago. Now she's back with Bikini Season. I love the way Sheila writes. She invites you in and then shows incredible skill as hostess to the world she has created.

Bikini Season is no different. I could relate to the characters. I've struggled with my own body issues and body image at times. And what woman hasn't cringed when she hears the words bikini shopping?

I really liked the book. I liked that the characters grew, stereotypes were represented, but not overblown and Sheila uses humor more often than not. Bikini Season is just in time to stash in your beach bag and enjoy while lounging on a blanket, sipping lemonade!
(April 2008, pp 304, $13.95)
Reviewed as part of the virtual book tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book Promotion

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