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Easily Amused Paperback – Unabridged, September 21, 2010
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Karen McQuestion deftly blends romance and comedy in this delightful romp where love is discovered in the most unexpected of places.
When twenty-nine-year-old Lola Watson unexpectedly inherits a rambling house in the suburbs, she thinks her life just couldn't be more perfect—until her new neighbors make her their “project,” a heartbroken high school friend crashes indefinitely at her house, and her younger sister announces she's getting married, on Lola's thirtieth birthday. Suddenly Lola's not so keen on her newfound domestic bliss. But when she meets handsome, mysterious Ryan Moriarty, Lola dares to hope she's found the perfect guy to one-up her sister and add a little spice back into her life.
This lighthearted romantic comedy from Karen McQuestion is headlined by a charming cast of characters, led by the self-deprecatingly funny Lola. Breezy and fun, Easily Amused serves as a gentle, often amusing reminder that love can often be found in the place we least expect—under our very noses.
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Question: How would you describe your life in eight words?
Karen McQuestion: Unpredictable, ever changing, a little messy, always interesting.
Question: With whom in history do you most identify?
Karen McQuestion: Louisa May Alcott, because both of us are writers and the second of four daughters.
Question: What are your most overused words or phrases?
Karen McQuestion: In my writing: seem, look, nodded. In real life: "Do you know what I mean?"
Question: What three personal qualities are most important to you?
Karen McQuestion: Sense of humor, compassion, intelligence.
Question: What are your five favorite books of all time?
Karen McQuestion: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.
(Republished with permission from TheDiviningWand blog.)
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- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing; Unabridged edition (September 21, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1935597264
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935597261
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I feel kind of bad about this review, since I've certainly never written a novel myself, but I am an avid reader who depends upon reviews, so here's a heads up, fellow bookworms.
Easily Amused is one of Karen McQuestion’s first published worlds and as I have read her newer books, I can see how she has evolved as a writer. The story was cute and funny. Although I found Lola to be very annoying and opinionated, especially about situations that she has no experience with, she redeems herself in the end. In Easily Amused, it is the secondary characters that were the most interesting. The residents of King Street, an eccentric but great group, were the heart and soul of the story. They are able to show Lola that family is more than who you are related to. Through Hubert, Lola finally sees there is more to her neighbors than her first impressions. The story was fun and entertaining. It is a lighthearted story which doesn’t try to take itself too seriously but gives us the reminder that love, family and a sense of belonging can be found where we least expect it. I recommend Easily Amused.
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The supporting characters (Lola's neighbors) are terrific! And how she could over look her "best friends" and their awesomeness is beyond me. She has amazingly witty and giving people all around her and yet she sulks the whole book.
All is not lost on this book though, it is charming and laid back. There are quite a few chucks to be had and it is a light, very light romance book. Although in my opinion the man of Lola's dreams had absolutely no chemistry with her and I'm not sure what happened to make her think their romance would work. But if you are looking for a cute, quirky book go ahead and try it out!
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It was quite nice getting to know the characters of King Street. I could understand how Lola felt overwhelmed by them all. It was obvious that it had been closely knitted as a community for some time.
Hmm favourite character? Probably Piper who is a bit more distant from it all. A disliked character would be out of two but without spoilers I can’t tell you!
I enjoyed the twists and tears as well as a good love story! I didn’t laugh out loud but I don’t think I was meant to necessarily, I really enjoyed this story and had to say shh to family members so I could finish reading a ‘really good bit!’
Only but I didn’t ‘get’ was why be left a house when you’re not close? But maybe that says more about myself and family rather than the book!
I’d recommend this book and I know others enjoy it too.
With a simple, cliche plot, that repeats the Wizard of Oz lesson of not looking further than your own backyard, it's the characters who really make this book, and there's loads of them, all well thought out and believable, although not always likeable. For instance, Lola, the main character, comes across as a whiney brat in the first few pages, and is initially quite unlikeable.
However, the book quickly shapes up to look like a real page turner, with the potential for a great ending, where the spiteful sister gets her comeuppance. Sadly that wasn't the case.
The most dramatic occurrence in the whole book is covered so quickly; that what should have been an all inclusive, blast of a climax, is nothing more than a boiled lettuce leaf, as the author seems to chicken out of writing the big confrontation.
It's a happy ever after of sorts for everyone involved, heavy on the cheese and light on the melodrama ... it lacks intensity. Putting it simply, if this book was a ham salad, you'd be wondering where all the meat was once you'd got through the garnish.