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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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    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10
    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it"

    This is a great book. My husband is a non-fiction reader and hates chick lit, but he listened to this with me on a recent trip and he also enjoyed it. He laughed out loud quite a bit. This really is a good story. The book is written in the first person and the main character (the heroine) uses a lot of lists (First, second, etc) to present ideas or aspects of the story line. I thought the use of lists was very clever. The main character really grows on you. She is very proud of herself but it is not a turn off - it is really hilarious.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    08-07-09
    08-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun chick lit"

    I added this to my "to read" list when this first came out and I saw what a fit the Junior Leagues of American were throwing about its contents. Never having been in a Junior League in Texas but with friends that were, I was curious. This was fun, easy, "escape" reading. I actually started it twice because when I first began, it just seemed too lightweight for me to care. The obviously not-from-Texas accent was initially very distracting for me since I am a Texan and NO ONE native to this state speaks this way. The narrator has a consistent southern accent and does a wonderful job with the different voices and once I got past her lack of a Texas accent, I enjoyed her reading. No one choosing this is expecting deep, meaningful literature, but for those looking for a light, distracting summer read, this fits the bill.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-24-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-24-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Fun Read"

    I downloaded this book from the half price sale not sure if I would like it but decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. This piece of non fiction is a delightful read as the protagonist, Frede Ware turns from snob to sort of snob. An upstanding member of Willow Creek, near-president of the Junior League, practically untouchable Frede watches her perfect unravel before her eyes. Not believing that the "Fabulous Frede Ware" could have such things happen to her, she begins to touch the "NC" (no class) side of life and in doing so, experiences personal growth. But don't let that story line scare you. Linda Francis Lee writes this light hearted comedy in such an engaging way that you can't help but smile all the way through. I was disappointed that the book was over and immediately went back to Audible to see if she had anything else I could download. Jenna Lamia is an excellent narrator and does the southern bell accent perfectly, getting just the right tone of someone with money and someone without it. I fell in love with the book almost instantly. I highly recommend the book.

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    Stacey Kirkland, WA, USA 07-16-10
    Stacey Kirkland, WA, USA 07-16-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Fabulous Fun"

    A great listen. The book is an engaging story -- with a heroine you love to hate a little at the beginning, but grow to love whole-heartedly by the end. The narrator really brought the story to life, and did an amazing set of accents. I also felt like I got an anthropological look at a whole different culture I wish I could go and visit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 06-27-09
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 06-27-09
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    "Fun read!!"

    As a girl from the South who grew up with all of the "rules", I could totally relate to the character. Although it was a little over the top, I found this book great fun. The narrator is the best. She also narrated The Secret Life of Bees and The Help - two of my all-time favorite audible books. I may just start choosing books she narrates. I could have lived without the romance part but it was minimal and didn't detract from the book. For a fun, summer book, this is it!

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    Becky OH, United States 01-23-11
    Becky OH, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun and funny"

    Jenna Lamia brings this modern southern tale to life. If you're looking for a deep, thought-provoking story, this isn't the one for you. But if you want a fun and funny tale of personal growth, this is it. Enjoyable.

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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 11-11-10
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I laughed and laughed"

    Light hearted and funny. This is a parody of certain women we all love to hate. If you want something easy to listen to and even easier to laugh to, this is for you. Wish we had more of the hilarious books by Linda Francis Lee on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C D Salinas, CA, USA 02-16-10
    C D Salinas, CA, USA 02-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun Reading!"

    This is a little light "reading", but the narration is excellent. Jenna Lamia also narrated "The Secret Life of Bees", which led me to this book. She does such an excellent job with the southern accent, that it makes me slip back into my own-even though I have not lived in the South now for over 30 years. I also discovered, accidentally, that she is one of the narrators in "The Help", which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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    Annette Sand Springs, OK, United States 12-23-09
    Annette Sand Springs, OK, United States 12-23-09
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    "Who knew the Junior League could be so Fun"

    Loved it. Loved it Loved it. Loved it so much I looked for another book from this author only to be disappointed as this is the only one she has on Audible. (Don't know if she has written any others). Jenna Lamia reads it in a tone that just has that Junior League feel about it! A fun collaboration!

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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 12-22-10
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Fun! Fun! and Funny!"

    This was thoroughly enjoyable and living in Texas I know women just like this! You have to laugh at them because they are so serious about their "rules"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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