Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review: Foxy's Tale by Karen Cantwell and L.B. Gschwandtner

Title - Foxy's Tale: The Reluctant Vampire #1
Authors - Karen Cantwell and LB Gschwandtner
Publisher - CreateSpace
Date Published - 2011
# of Pages - 258

My rating: 3/5

Foxy Anders has a list of problems as long as a shopping spree receipt from Neiman Marcus. She's a retail spender with no money to spare and a former beauty queen with no man in her life. After a nightmare divorce she's left with one asset, a building off Washington, D.C.'s classy DuPont Circle. By turning the ground floor into an antique shop, Foxy figures she has an excuse to spend money ... that she doesn't have.

Foxy also has a teenaged daughter, Amanda, who likes to blog secretly about her biggest problem - Foxy. At least, she thinks Foxy is her biggest problem. But that's all about to change when she hooks up with Nick, a cute guy at school who evidently has a gift for attracting older women. Amanda just doesn't know HOW much older they really are.

When Foxy rents the garden apartment to stylish, shoe-fettishista Knot, who turns out to have a knack for talking wealthy Washington A-listers into Foxy's antiques, it looks as if Foxy will make it on her own after all. Except that Knot is also a genius at creating problems ... in his love life.

They're a quirky threesome to be sure, but when mysterious, bumbling, Myron Standlish arrives on the scene with a suitcase full of Yiddish-isms, he brings along his own set of problems, larger and stranger than all of theirs put together. Oy vey. How will Myron's personal journey affect their lives? Well ... that's Foxy's Tale.

A comic, chick lit, coming-of-age, vampire tale (sort of) where family triumphs over adversity and mother and daughter learn how to face the world as grownups - together.


This is the second book by L.B. Gwschwandtner I've read - the first being The Naked Gardener - an I am very happy to have the opportunity to have read both. Although both were fairly different from each other (and Foxy's Tale being co-written with author Karen Cantwell) both were very enjoyable in their own ways.

Foxy's Tale was both what I expected it to be and also what I didn't expect it to be. For example, the book is much more focused on the chick-lit genre than fantasy. For most of the story I was wondering if there even was going to be vampires. The hint kept coming and it was fun guessing what was going on there. At the same time I wish there was bigger appearances by the vampires and those aware of them. Foxy's story was cute and I enjoyed her converstations with Knot (pronounce the k!) as well as her open-heartedness to those around her. Most of all I enjoyed Amanda's story. "Amanda's Life in Hell" as her blog was titled was always a fun way to end a chapter and have me wanting more. Amanda's perceptiveness of what was going on all around her was also very refreshing as opposed to Foxy's who seemed clueless so much of the time. Amanda's character was a very convincing teen

The ending had a bit of a cliff-hanger but since I can already see myself reading book 2, Amanda's Dish, I had no problem with that.

Overall this was a cute, fun book and those who enjoy chick-lit will enjoy this refreshing tale with a touch of vampires thrown in.

Disclaimer: I received my review copy from the author (L.B. Gschwandtner) in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase Foxy's Tale in paperback and kindle formats online through Amazon.

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