The author of Cure for the Common Breakup brings us back to Black Dog Bay on the Delaware shore....
After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily ever after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She's desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past 10 years. Her family's fortune is gone - and her mother is in total denial. It's up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it's too late for old dreams. She's lost everything she thought she needed but found something - someone - she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can't forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
©2015 Beth Kendrick (P)2015 Ideal Audiobooks
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Since I enjoyed the 1st book in this series, I was intrigued by the title "New Uses for Old Boyfriends. Sadly this book was more about Lila's delusional & materialistic mother Daphne than Lila's search for true love or personal achievement.
When Lila (32) goes home to Black Dog Bay after a divorce leaves her broke, she finds her mother Daphne is also broke after her father's death. (Evidently Dad didn't teach either Lila or Daphne anything about basic finances). Lila seemed very shallow, prioritizing men and money over female friends.
I found Daphne particularly annoying: a married woman who expected her husband to completely support the family while she spent money like water. Daphne kept whining that her husband had promised to "always take care of her", as if she was a not-too-bright child and he was just a meal ticket.
It was unbelievable when mother and daughter decided to open a retail store, in spite of having absolutely no business sense or ambition. The women seemed to worship ultra expensive apparel, was if wearing a designer brand makes people "better". I was not surprised when they "forgot to purchase business insurance" and made other careless business mistakes.
P,S. The secondary characters were more entertaining than Lila or her high school boyfriends. No graphic sex. Excellent narration.
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