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The Romance Reader's Guide to Life

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Sharon Pywell is the author of The Romance Reader's Guide to Life. She lives in Boston.


Praise for The Romance Reader's Guide to Life ..".The Romance Reader's Guide to Life has a World War II pinup girl's brash prompts questions about how intensely ambition affects romance. A reader who, following the genre's conventions, can turn her eyes when necessary from something unseemly, should enjoy the way her heart throbs during this fast-moving yarn." --The New York Times Book Review "Pywell's smart, unexpectedly funny tale of two plucky sisters and their cosmetics business has a little of everything: romance, suspense, even magical realism." --Entertainment Weekly (Grade: B+) "A genre bender told from the alternating perspectives of twins--one living, one dead--who recount their obsessions with sexy fictional pirates and real-life abusive men, and their bid to build a cosmetics empire." --O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Titles to Pick Up Now) "The Romance Reader's Guide to Life is a fascinating blend of genres that flows together seamlessly, creating the most original story I've read in a long time. Partly narrated from the afterlife, this riveting suspense story manages to be darkly comic at times (Mr. Boppit had me laughing out loud), while dealing with complex family dynamics that can fester for years. The second narrative, an intriguing pirate romance, is deliciously entertaining, but the real love story in this book is the one between these sisters, and their bond that can't be broken in any life." --Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Never Let You Go "Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the under recognized author the wider audience her talent deserves." --Kirkus (starred review) "Equal parts mystery, romance, and family saga, with a dash of dark comedy, this book has something for fans of all genres." --Booklist Praise for Sharon Pywell's Previous Work "An utterly compelling book about the magical endurance of history, family, faith and love." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club "Beautiful and perfectly paced." --People ..".beautifully written...tremendously appealing...with a freshness and originality of style...I loved it." --Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat "Haunting yet touching...Equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking, rippling outward like a pebble in a lake." --The Charleston Post and Courier "Evocative and haunting." --Nelson DeMille "One of those books that pulls and tugs at you." --Denver Post "The best examination of political and moral issues within the framework of family life since Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres." --Kirkus (starred review)

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