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Publisher's Summary

2018 Romantic Comedy Winner - American Fiction Awards

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. 

With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

©2015 Lisa Becker (P)2018 Lisa Becker

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Amusing Romance

Clutch is an amusing journey through, friendship, life, dating and handbags.
Caroline's Aunt Mimi inspired her love of all things handbag and encouraged her to chase her dream of making wonderful but affordable handbags. She encouraged her to go to Harvard in order to pursue her dream.
Probably my favourite character in this story is Mike, he is sweet, supportive, funny and he owns a bar so keeps our leading lady, Caroline topped up with wine as she stumbles from one disastrous man to another.
I found Caroline initially annoying, but her wittiness and intelligence had me really liking her after that initial irritation.
The plot was not one that we haven't seen before but the technique of chapters being named after bags that are associated with the men is unique and fun. I would class this as an enjoyable summer listen that will keep you amused but be warned about probable laughter. (if reading in a public place with headphones on)
Suzanne Barbetta didn't do a bad job with the vocal acting but she didn't blow me away. I found her to be consistent and clear in her voice acting and I think that on other books she could be outstanding but for me this wasn't a great match between book and narrator. That is the only criticism that I really have. For me it just wasn't the best pairing.

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  • Bette H
  • @ AudiobookObsession
  • 10-15-18

A Sweet & Delight Story!! Great Listen! 🎧

Lisa Becker skillfully created a sweet and delightful story. I love how she named each title after a handbag style and fittingly incorporates it in to each chapter’s storyline. The main characters are very likable, Caroline a handbag designer and her incorrigible best friend Mike. Aunt Mimi was riot too. This was a quick fun read, with a touch of heat and lots of LOL moments. Thank you for the great read!

I listened to the audible edition, Suzzane Barbetta performs all the voices, switches characters effortlessly and with out missing a beat. She brings the characters & story to life from the pages to your ears. Thank you for the great listen!

Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Bag lady

This is a fun sexy story. The reality of relationships not working out is there, but it is told in a lighthearted way. Of course the male character is not effected by his best friends troubles because he is not looking for a relationship... or is he?
Narration was great.

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I loved, loved, loved this!!

This was such a great story of what happens when a couple becomes friends and it transitions to love! The stories of Caroline’s love life are funny, and sad!! But the end makes them all worth getting through them!!! Mike is a great man to listen to all of her stories and support her through it all!
Suzanne Barbetta does a great job with the narration!!!

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Cute, Sassy, Fun!

Such a cute read chronicling the funny yet disastrous dating life of a handbag designer. It may also include a hot as sin best friend and some crazy situations, but you will never know unless you read it!

The narration was fun and quirky. I will definitely be looking up more books narrated by Suzanne Barbetta.

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Fantastic!

I LOVED this funny romance. Great chemistry between these characters and the narrator does an amazing job with narrating this audio. Highly recommend!


I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Delightful & Funny!

This book was so charming and funny! I imagine if i were in similar situations I would be just like her! I love that she has a best friend who is always there for her no matter what.
This story seems so realistic for me in so many ways, I really connected with both Caroline and Mike on so many levels! (Except the Harvard part lol) This is my first book by Lisa Becker but it definitely won’t be the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance comedies!!

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Super fun road trip listen

We recently listened to this book on a road trip. It was funny, fun, sexy and smart. We couldn't stop laughing over Caroline's love adventures and were heartened to see her find a happily ever after. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.

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Gloriously Entertaining!!

I absolutely loved listening to this book! It is about dating and finding the right one with a best friend to help through all the rough patches. It was certainly a laugh-out-loud story and you can't help but love Caroline while at the same time wanting to hug her, smack her on the back of the head and laugh along with her in her adventures. The narrator did an awesome job with the voices and emotions! Suzanne Barbetta really brings the story to life and I will look for what other stories she has narrated. If your looking for a really fun and light-hearted listen that will make those of us taken glad we are taken then this book is for you!! You won't regret giving this story a chance! LOVED IT!!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Cute Experience

For me this was a really cute experience! I truly enjoyed the author’s work and the narrator’s voice acting! The story had a few good twists that made it unpredictable which helped me get hooked! And the acting felt real to me 🙂 I give both of them 5/5 stars!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lisa Becker. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 11-09-18

Such a sweet listen

Such an easy, sweet listen. A typical chick Lit. I love the way the men are matched to handbags during Caroline’s dating fiascos.
It was entertaining and well narrated and whilst didn’t having me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next, it kept my attention and was never boring . It evoked smiles and warmth.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 11-07-18

funny

i enjoyed this story hearing all about Carolines love life and trying to find the perfect man, it's not as easy as finding the perfect bag but sometimes it's right in front of you before u realise
the narrator was perfect in this and I was laughing throughout!
A really enjoyable listen

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  • Estella Blessed
  • 10-16-18

Wanted More

This book is chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

I really wanted to love this book. It was nice but I felt like I wanted more. More details in some areas, more funny, just more. I want to try this author again but with something different. Suzanne Barbetta did an great job with the narrating. I encourage you to read it for yourself and see what you think.

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  • Mandy Sawyer
  • 10-12-18

Great feel good listen

Really nice feel good book. It’s got lots of humour that really makes it a laugh out loud experience. I was smiling most the way through. Great performance.

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  • A D.
  • 06-26-18

Spectacularly hysterical romantic comedy!

I absolutely adored this audio book.

It is, quite literally, an account of the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson. Poor girl! She is a delightful self-made business woman with a handbag designing company. However between her beauty, blonde hair and southern demeanour, she is often mistaken for a bit of a bimbo and an easy target. Thank goodness for her best friend and bar owner, Mike. He keeps her chardonnay glass topped up and regularly provides his shoulder for her to cry on.

There is something about that adage regarding kissing a whole lot of frogs before you find your prince. Love is sometimes where you least expect it..... if only Caroline would open her eyes, she might have avoided the frogs. But where is the fun in that?!!

Lisa Becker has written a fabulously entertaining contemporary romance and Suzanne Barbetta has brought the story to life. Her narration really captures the subtle nuances of the various characters' personalities and reflects the intricacies of the relationships between the characters.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining listening experience!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.