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CHLOE ZHIVAGO'S RECIPE FOR MARRIAGE AND MISCHIEF
OLIVIA LICHTENSTEIN
ISBN# (10): 0-345-49575-6/ (13): 978-0-345-49575-4
June 2007
Ballantine Books (Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Hardback
$23.95 US
320 Pages
Chick-Lit
Rating: 4 Cups

Chloe Zhivago has been married to Glen for seventeen years. They have two lovely teenage children, Leo, fifteen, and Kitty, twelve. Glen likes to hide things especially the tea kettle, thinking it will keep his memory sharp, then again that does not always work. Chloe begins to wonder is she really happy in her life or is there more out there.

Ruthie Zimmer is the editor of Smart Magazine and has been a good friend of Chloe’s for thirty-two years. She and Chloe are like sisters and always confide in each other.

Often Chloe feels trapped with Mr. Grumpy after seventeen years. Her mother died twelve years ago but she has her father to talk to. She loves the way her father encapsulates any issue at hand with a quotation. Of late she thinks of her father’s affair and what it would be like if she had one. Greg is always either busy with his doctor’s practice or writing letters to the council. Chloe is tired of being apart from him and the itch to discover what it would feel like in the arms of another man is tempting. She is glad she can talk to Ruthie on these matters. At a Famous Friends party, Chloe meets Ivan, and Ivan is eager to get to know Chloe. When his wife goes away for a little while, it appears the best time for the two to make a connection. Chloe must discuss things with Ruthie. Can she really cheat on her husband? The temptation is great, but getting caught could create some problems. But only if one gets caught.

Chloe Zhivago's Recipe for Marriage and Mischief is warm, witty, and even has a few pages of recipes. What I liked most about this book is the way Olivia Lichtenstein tells the story. I could almost visualize her standing in front of me narrating, as I turned the pages. She makes Chloe and Ruthie the greatest of friends who will do anything for the other, and gives this heartwarming read an extra bonus with great characteristics of Chloe’s family. Chloe identifies with many, male or female, who get to a point in their life where they feel an ingredient is missing. This beautiful tale about second chances and enjoying life is scrumptiously delicious.

Cherokee
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