Review/Giveaway – New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

NEW USES OLD BOYFRIENDSNew Uses For Old Boyfriends
(Black Dog Bay Novel)

Women’s Fiction
New American Library
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465863


After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is my first experience with this author and I am thrilled to have been offered this book for review. The story is like a breath of fresh air and just what I needed.

It is hard to go back home again. In Lila’s case her life has basically fallen apart. She has lost her job and her husband has left her and all just a few months after her father has passed away. She arrives back in Black Dog Bay to start over and help her mom adjust to living without her dad, which turns out to be a much bigger task that Lila ever imagined. What follows is an incredible story where she not only helps her mom and reconnects with old friend but she also finds that going home was the right thing to do for herself.

The is a light read full of funny moments. I really like Lila. She really is a strong woman who had a jerk for a husband and she moves on after first making a huge final purchase before he cut off the credit cards and bank account. She finds her friends that stayed in Black Dog Bay are moms and busy but they were able to carve some time out to spend together. She also runs into an old boyfriend or two and her mother is on a mission to find her a new man as  soon as possible.

Black Dog Bay is quite a place –  “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.”  With places like Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single. So Lila is in the right place.

I particularly enjoyed this book because there is such a variety of women of all ages. Being older I really identified with Lila’s mom and the changes to her life. Younger women will tune into Lila and her friends. All of these characters are very engaging and they are all very diverse.

You do not have to have read Cure for the Common Breakup, the first Black Dog Bay Novel, to enjoy this story. It stands perfectly on its own. I do hope to go back and read the first one and anything else this author pens. She brings a great sense of humor to her work and gives us a happy ending too with several twists that made this an extremely delightful read.

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About the Author
Beth Kendrick is the author of several novels, including Cure for the Common Breakup,The Week Before the Wedding, and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. She lives in Arizona with her family and a pair of unruly rescue dogs. Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here.

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8 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway – New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

  1. This sounds really good! I love your review and that you thought reading this was like a breath of fresh air! I love to change up what I am reading and try not to stay with just one genre! I will definitely be checking out more of her books! Thanks you!

  2. Yes, it’s definitely hard to go home again. I’ve tried. But unlike our heroine, I was unsuccessful.

  3. Thank you! Beth Kendrick is a new author for me, too. “New Uses for Old Boyfriends”, what a catchy title and the story sounds wonderful.

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Lori. It sounds really fun and I’m curious how she does at taking the reins in her own life, taking care of herself instead of being catered too.

  5. I can’t wait to return to Black Dog Bay! I really enjoy this author, Lori and would encourage you (and anyone) to check out her other titles. They just keep getting better and better! Thanks for the chance to win!

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