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The Devil in the Junior League | [Linda Francis Lee]

The Devil in the Junior League

Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.
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Publisher's Summary

The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is très exclusive. Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood. But there's a price: She has to get his tacky, four-inch-stiletto-and-pink-spandex-wearing wife, Nikki, into the Junior League.

The crème de la crème of Southern royalty should sit up and take notice, and hang on tight for this irresistible tale of getting in and getting even.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    WICKIE Goodlettsville, TN, United States 09-30-10
    WICKIE Goodlettsville, TN, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent listen!"

    Great story, great narrator! Truly a southern woman's attitude, mentality, and focus. I definitely laughed out loud throughout the book. Hope you do too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggie Lansing, KS, United States 08-31-10
    Peggie Lansing, KS, United States 08-31-10 Member Since 2001
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    "If You Liked The Help"

    The Devil in the Junior League is a laugh out loud, funny book. Well written, great character descriptions and great realism of those that are simply stuck up for little reason. Yes, there's a lot of unrealistic actions, but they only add to the humor.

    This book reminds me very much in tone of the book The Help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 08-13-10
    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 08-13-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Delightfully witty"

    The narrator makes this book, although the writing is so witty I purchased it in print as well. Everything is over the top in this book, which is what the narrator has achieved so well. Even her men are well done as the male stereotypes they're supposed to be.
    It's light, almost trite, but hysterically delightful. I highly recommend it for a fun read. For me, it made a ten hour drive to and from Atlanta a breeze.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Fairchild 10-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "LOL funny!"

    As far as chick lit goes, this was fast paced and extremely funny. I hate "romance type" novels, but this had just the right amount of romance without taking over the story. The narrator was perfect for the part and I could easily visualize all of the characters. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna L. Smith 04-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Highly entertaining"

    The narrator is fabulous and the text captured my interest immediately. She read each character with skill and humor. While the plot may be frivolous, funny and downright unbelievable at times, I loved it and can't wait to hear the sequel. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 02-07-13
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fail"

    The things that are wrong with this book include:
    1. the narrator- There is simply nothing remotely redeemable about the main character of this book. She is shallow, vain, conceited, narcissistic, ignorant, prejudiced, and lacking in basic human compassion. I thought from the sample (which was reasonably funny) that it would be the low point, and she would improve, but no- she remains a horribly unredeemable person throughout without more than the teensiest bit of personal growth;
    2. The narrator- the reader of the audio book is not carrying off a Texas accent, but the fact that the book is set in Texas is kind of a big deal throughout. I wouldn't mind if she simply didn't use an accent (many of us Texas girls don't have them and are only identifyible as Texans because we say y'all), but she does use a passable, but also fake sounding, southern accent. Also, though this is probably a problem with the character more than the reader, she is constantly saying "me, Freddie Ware!" and "moi" in a too-loud, obnoxious, irrationally indignant way that grows to be like finger nails on a chalkboard;
    3. The writing- If someone is supposed to know French, she should probably have more than 3 words of it repeated ad nauseam. The plot doesn't exactly make a lot of sense either. I won't give spoilers for those who might buy this book despite everything, so I will only say that the money resolution doesn't make sense and the ending scenes were pulled out of nowhere with nothing leading us to think this might conceivably be some kind of solution;
    4. The support staff- The only remotely likeable character in this entire book is the bumbling, crude, bizarrely ignorant seeming lawyer, and he is likeable only in comparison. Everyone else is either as shallow and horrible as the main character or a flat stereotype (devoted maid constantly breaking out into Spanish tirades who would stick around when she was not being paid, please).
    I did like the use of lists though. It is a good tool. There were some funny parts, but you kind of have to enjoy mean humor to think so, and that gets very old very fast.
    I don't exactly understand how I ended up with this book either. I got here from a Joshilyn Jackson book. That book was so amazing that I wanted to try one that came on the "people who bought this also bought...". I sincerely hope that the fact that I bought this book will not encourage it to stay in that list. As far as I can tell , the only thing the books have in common is what people not from either Texas or the South would think of as a common setting which plays an important role in the story. Beware if you are coming from Ms. Jackson's excellent writing and complex characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Moore 07-20-14
    K. Moore 07-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Audio is the only way to go, funny ,sarcastic,"
    What did you love best about The Devil in the Junior League?

    Freddie Ware , just a funny book ,and you cant get the sarcasm if you read the print , this narrator does a great job ,


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Love her ,she does snotty & prissy so well


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jamie LOST CREEK, WV, United States 03-24-14
    jamie LOST CREEK, WV, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Jenna Lamia was the best part of this book."
    Where does The Devil in the Junior League rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this book just kind of ended up in the middle. It was fun but I wasn't dying to listen to it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

    I would read another book by this author just because it was at least humorous and an easy book to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not listened to Jenna Lamia before but her performance on this book lead me to purchase another one of her's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison DENVER, CO, United States 03-06-14
    Allison DENVER, CO, United States 03-06-14
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    "Light, Fun Chick-Fiction"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I was looking for something brainless and light. And this book fits the bill.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

    Probably not... because I really hated the ending of this particular book.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    I chose this book because of Jenna Lamia. I like her voice and her acting.


    Do you think The Devil in the Junior League needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could definitely use a follow-up to explain away the ridiculous ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 10-31-13
    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Such an Entertaining Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will be recommending this book to all of my friends that love a good book. At first I thought The Devil in the Junior League might be a bit silly and that I might not like Frede, the main character, but as the book went on, I loved the humor and the twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil in the Junior League?

    I was surprised when poor Frede found out that her beloved husband, Gordon, had a vasectomy before they were ever married. In addition, all of his affairs, when they came to light were pretty humorous as well since it incites good revenge from Frede.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved her southern accent. It gave depth to Frede that she might not have otherwise.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just loved all the humor. It was such an enjoyable story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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