Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Susan McBride's The Cougar Club

And just to continue the theme, my review of The Cougar Club

Susan McBride's latest novel, The Cougar Club, marks her debut in the Women’s Fiction genre. In it, she introduces us to three friends: Kat, Carla and Elise, who are each living their lives as over-forty-somethings to varying degrees of success. But fate has trouble in store for them. Kat, a successful New York advertising exec, finds herself shown the door, but thankful that she has a loving boyfriend to lean on…

Or so she thought, until she arrives home to find him . . . shall we say, with his pants down.
Poor Kat has a conniption and heads home to St. Louis to sort out her life. Maybe it won’t be so bad. There’s the hope that her family has lost their quirky ways, and if not that, at the very least she’ll be able to reconnect with her old best friends, Carla and Elise—hopefully. Carla, St. Louis’ top news anchorwoman, is having her own troubles, working under the thumb of her snippy ex-husband, who, it seems would like to place the pretty, young new intern, Amber Sue, in Carla’s comfy anchor chair. And Carla’s mad as hell about it and not about to take it. The third in the trio is Elise, who, of the three friends, seems to be doing the best, with a successful dermatology practice, a son doing well in college, and the perfect husband in her adoring Michael—or does she?

Collectively they’re beginning to wonder, what the heck are they, at forty and suddenly facing a new threshold, looking into what seems to be a minefield of upheaval, going to do to straighten out their lives? One thing’s for sure, there are plenty of fish in the sea, even if most of them are under forty—or in some cases, decidedly gay. As the three reconnect, some threads of their lives start to pull back together, as others fray a little more. But with the right attitude, and shoulders to lean on, maybe they’ll decide this being forty thing isn’t so bad after all.

When Ms. McBride and Avon Books offered me this one, I must admit, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised by what I found here. Susan McBride’s The Cougar Club is a cute novel that I think I might compare it to, say, Sex and The City, (but . . . without hanging tooth and nail onto the NYC vibe—a plus, in my opinion!), or like, Kathy Carmichael’s Hot Flash. The novel deals with things I think any 40ish woman might relate to; the characters certainly have spunk and are endearing in all their quirks, their story, at turns, snort-milk-out-your-nose funny and touching. Even if you’re not quite to that age yet, I still think you might enjoy The Cougar Club. I can say for sure, I really did! And I look forward to whatever Ms. McBride releases next, whether it be a new Debutante novel or whatever. I’m sure it’ll be fantastic!

Of course I liked this one so much, I have to give it :

And don't forget Susan's guest post from yesterday, and the little giveaway. :) There's still plenty of time to enter.

(And just a little note: a slightly different version of this is up at over on my Examiner page, if you'd like to, please take a look. :) And I've got this fine novel linked up in my Amazon bar, there, if you're interested in getting it. :)
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