Christmas time is just around the corner and for two New Yorkers Robyn and Sidney, instead of looking forward to taking home their boyfriends they are dreading it. Robyn has always dated artists and creative types and is currently dating Perry, a struggling actor. You would think coming from a creative family that they would love Perry but the truth is her family can't stand him. Sidney, on the other hand, is a lawyer working at her dad's company and is dating Will, a lawyer at another firm. She finds that all her boyfriends are put off or hijacked by her dad who lives for work. Over a girls night, an idea is formed to swap boyfriends this Christmas season. This would have been a great idea if they were all complete strangers but it turns out that Will
is none other than the guy Robyn had a major crush on right through high school.
What will happen when both families love who their daughters have brought home, and lines start to blur in both the fake relationships? The Boyfriend Swap was a fun chick lit novel, and though predictable, it was fun to read about the two different family dynamics. (PP)
Maggie Piper only has one year left before she has to face her dreaded 40th birthday. She has a great career, friends, family, and a live-in boyfriend, Doug, but suddenly it doesn't seem to be enough. While there is nothing wrong with her relationship, Maggie is not sure it's quite right either. And so she suggests a break, which Doug decides should be a break-up. Newly single, Maggie begins a year of soul-searching and self-discovery.
Maggie is a very loveable character, one who can be so confident in some aspects of her life, yet still feels the insecurities of a woman approaching 40. I appreciated that she took a chance in order to discover whether she was on the right path rather than brushing off those feelings of doubt, and her journey was filled with both anguish and laughter. Schorr also developed a great cast of supporting characters who are all at different stages in their lives, and I enjoyed reading about their own adventures as well. I think every woman will relate to Maggie and her friends, no matter her age or relationship status, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the Seeking Happily Ever series. (LB)