Tuesday, May 18, 2010

review: nancy's theory of style by grace coopersmith

Nancy’s Theory of Style opens with newlywed Nancy hosting a party at the site where she and her husband will soon break ground for their new home. Nancy smugly believes her life is perfect. But then her husband alters the plans for their home without her consent. It doesn’t take Nancy long to flee to the apartment her family still keeps for her. She claims that it’s temporary—just so she can work on her new business venture of planning parties—but it soon becomes clear Nancy is far happier without a husband. She focuses on her business and raising Eugenia, runs into some disasters regarding both of those aspects of her life, and finally proves herself to all.

Nancy’s interactions with Eugenia (her cousin’s daughter) and Derek (her longed for gay British assistant) made this book. These bits were absolutely awesome as they revealed who Nancy really could be once she got away from all the trappings of her socialite status. Further impressing me was the way Grace Coopersmith made me suspicious of Derek, then made me trust him only to reveal that my suspicions were dead on. It was a truly delicious revelation.

With a name like Nancy Edith Carrington-Chambers, I knew I was in for a crazy ride with Nancy. (I mean, really, how often do you know a character’s middle name?) Although I didn't like Nancy initially, I fell in love once little Eugenia was dropped into her life. The spoiled Nancy quickly took responsibility for the little girl no one else was willing to take in. That she would go all out making capes showed how much she truly cared.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Gallery Books.

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