Friday, January 29, 2010

A Black Tie Affair Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

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Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her perfectly manicured hands on the Clayworth family's celebrated couture collection for her exhibit. So when she's called in to make sure the gowns are the real deal, she's ecstatic...until a dress she's examining turns out to be loaded with toxins (talk about killer threads!) and Athena faints, only to wake up face-to-face with the One That Got Away, notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.

Drew still believes Athena betrayed him all those years ago, and he's sure he can't trust her. But when the priceless gowns go missing, she offers to help track them down. Reluctantly allied in the quest, Drew and Athena are soon stunned by the barely restrained passion still sizzling between them...and memories both bitter and sweet. Is their new partnership just a business arrangement? Or is this something more than...


A BLACK TIE AFFAIR



About The Author:

Sherrill Bodine has been writing stories since junior high, when she won a pair of silver skates in a state-wide essay contest. While moving twenty-two times back and forth across America and rearing her four children, she published fifteen award-winning novels under two pseudoynyms (Lynn Leslie/Leslie Lynn). Now she's decided to be herself and write about the people, parties, and high-life in the city she knows best: Chicago. When she's not in the Windy City with her husband, family, and Newfoundland and pug dogs, she's fulfilling her passion to travel to exotic locales around the world.

Five Fun Facts About The Book!

1. I had the great honor of being allowed down into the Costume Collection Vault of The Chicago History Museum to examine the Bertha Palmer dresses I write about in A BLACK TIE AFFAIR—but, of course, I couldn't touch them—which was truly difficult for someone who "talks with her hands" like me!

2. My friend, the Curator of the Costume Collection, was poisoned by a black Dior evening gown, and the story was born.

3. There truly is an old underground Fallout Shelter—a real time capsule of the 1950's—and it was too fascinating not to write about it.

4. Pandora's Box is really Lulu's at the Belle Kay, Chicago's finest vintage store, owned by my dear friend, Laurie. I added the "hat room" because it has always been Laurie's dream to do it so I hope I inspire her to go for it.  

5. I met the designer Carolina Herrera at a party and she was so lovely and charming I decided to name the cats in her honor—plus I love her clothes.

My Review:

A Black Tie Affair is your typical romance, but also has a plotline of a mystery to solve, something that is right up my alley. I love mysteries, so that was a definite plus for me! Throw in the amazing world of high fashion, and you have a great book!

This was a very lighthearted read, and only took me a couple hours to read. The story is believable and the characters very real-life. My only hope would have been that the mystery of the toxins in the dress be developed a bit more. It seemed to me that this part of the storyline was rushed, but was still a great part of the book.

If you like romance, with a little bit of mystery thrown in you will definitely enjoy this book! I highly recommend it and give A Black Tie Affair a big thumbs up!

BUY IT: A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine can be purchased through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca


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***Thank you to Anna at Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review****

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