What’s an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. But what’s the point of planning for the future when she’s done it again? See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. And it’s not just that she can’t keep her own secrets, she can’t keep anything to herself.
This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. So now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-refundable airline ticket.
Fortunately, there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in southern France, catering weddings with her boyfriend, Chaz, in a sixteenth-century château. One call and Lizzie’s on a train to Souillac. Who cares if she’s never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac – not to mention gorgeous Luke, the son of Château Mirac’s owner – and she’s smitten.
But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Château Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, her ex-boyfriend Andrew shows up looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…
Unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.
This book was just what I needed to read at the time – something lighthearted and fluffy! Kind of predictable and a little cheesy, but very entertaining for me. I loved Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series (as well as her Insatiable series and Abandon Trilogy), so when I saw this one in a used book store, I had to get it. I’m so glad that I did!!
At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it because the main character Lizzie started off kind of ditzy. She also has a problem of babbling on and on, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes annoying. Anyway, the book starts off with her being “in LOVE” with a guy she only saw once because he was moving back to England the next day. They’ve been communicating all summer via email. After her college graduation, she goes to England to visit with him. Everything pretty much falls apart. At first, she tries to overlook things, but FINALLY she realizes what a lying loser he is and leaves him!! If she hadn’t left him, I probably wouldn’t have continued with the book.
“I hate confrontations. It’s so much easier to walk away than it is to explain to someone that you never want to see them again.”
She travels to France to meet up with her best friend working there. On the train to France, she kind of has a break down because she’s had such an awful day, but thankfully, the nice guy (Luke) next to her is very sympathetic. So sympathetic, that she ends up babbling WAY too much!! That was pretty funny!! Then she finds out that he actually knows who she is and they’re going to the same place – she’s so embarrassed. Although, I did find it to be a little soon for her to start crushing on Luke so soon after dumping her loser boyfriend – Lizzie and Luke were so cute, I wanted them to fall in love.
“Diet Coke does not contain nasty chemicals. It contains lovely and delicious carbonation, caffeine, and aspartame. What’s unnatural about that?”
Lizzie still had her ditzy moments, but she was also quirky, sweet, and passionate. I’m glad I gave her a chance and continued with the book. It’s not a complex book, but it has a lot of quirky characters. I needed a fun, lighthearted romance and this one fit that perfectly! I plan on reading the other two books in the series as well. Very entertaining!!
“Sometimes we need to take big risks if we want to find out who we are, and what we were put on this planet for.”