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CHAPERONES by Megan Karasch with giveaway

 

For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandal’s resort. She developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed like risky business. Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying.  Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray and every insecurity she accumulated since birth. Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own – a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad.

Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water. The magazine’s staff –the idiot, the slut and the mute – offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she’s assigned two blokes as travel companions – a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend. The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself.

 

Courtesy of Sami at JKS Communications we have a digital copy of CHAPERONES to give to one (1) lucky commenter.  If you could what country or state do you want most to visit and would you dare to go alone? Giveaway ends @12 am est July 16, 2013

My review for those who are interested. 🙂

We all need to grow up and become independent eventually. For Andrea Lieberman, whose parents have out of control protective instincts, it’s happening a bit late at the ripe age of 26. Andrea, better known as Andy, is tired of being suffocated.  In an effort to become independent she takes a six month photography assignment in England.  Not only does Andy have to overcome all, well most of, her phobias but England and her fellow travelers have to survive Andy’s education.  Will Andy overcome her fears and learn to live life?  Will England, her venerable landmarks, and citizenry survive Andy’s efforts?

Read CHAPERONES to discover the answer to those and many other questions for yourself.  

Andy’s first steps as an independent woman are borderline farcical; beginning with her luggage check at the airport to her panic attack when the plane lands and the ensuing chaos among her fellow passengers and the flight crew, the hits just keep coming.  Poor Andy is woefully unprepared to be truly on her lonesome at home much less in another country. The only child of Annie, a teacher, and  George, a pediatrician and raised to fear all the possibilities for harm and danger Andy’s been instilled with a fear of life and living in general.  Her decision to remedy that by spending six months across the pond is admirable and speaks volumes about her determination to overcome the obstacles within herself and succeed in her career and life.  

Andy’s clueless and loving parents want only to protect their daughter from all that can possibly befall her.  

Brandon is Andy’s fiancé-ish. Brandon is confident and laid back but in his own way he’s just as suffocating as her parents.  

Ashley/Ash is Andy’s best friend and biggest cheerleader. She firmly believes in Andy’s ability to become stronger, more confident, and independent.  

Claire, Gemma, and Millie, the office staff in London, are borderline caricatures, each being at the extreme end of the spectrum.  

Claire, it would be easier to have a root canal without Novocain than carry on a conversation with her.  You’re exhausted just trying to keep that ball rolling.   

Gemma, the quintessential Ms. Butterlegs rarely meets a fella she isn’t inclined to shag.  It’s all she thinks about and has an amazing ability to turn the most innocent comment into a sexual innuendo.  

Last but not least is Millie, dumb as a box of rocks,Millie is the epitome of vacuous.  I couldn’t help but wonder how she managed to get the job and actually keep it.   

HarryandRob,Andy’s traveling companions, are much more defined as well as being extremely active participants inAndy’s education.  I had no difficulty figuring outHarry,Roband their special roles, nor do I believe it’s suppose to be hard.

Robis described as stereotypically English.  Not a standout but not unattractive.

Harry is a gorgeous movie star, but easy going and comfortable.  

CHAPERONES is a delightfully humorous coming of age story confirming you’re never too old to learn and grow.

The wonderfully descriptive mini-tour ofEnglandenables the reader to feel as if they too are tripping aroundEngland’s cathedrals, castles and other historic sites withAndy,Harry, andRob.  Humor abounds asAndyadjusts toEnglandand a life devoid of a cotton wool buffer.  You can’t help but root for her, commiserating with her ineptitude, embarrassment and occasional triumphs. Andydiscovers that life isn’t just overcoming your fears but also how you allow the age old adage “S*** Happens” to affect you.  The road is rocky, bittersweet, and painful butAndylearns you can get through most anything with a little help from your friends. 

CHAPERONES is a charming and funny look on an exciting yet difficult time for most people.

3.75 stars

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5 comments to CHAPERONES by Megan Karasch with giveaway

  • Sally Riley

    I would visit Greece. The first time I would probably go with a tour, the times after on my own. If I could generalize to visiting a continent, Europe. Best of luck with your book. I look forward to reading it.

  • Victoria Zumbrum

    I want to go to Italy and Scotland but I wouldnt go alone. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Karen C

    While there are a number of countries I would love to visit, there are many places in the States I need to visit first, so I’ll pick Oregon as the state I’d like to visit. Yes, I’d go alone (even though I really wouldn’t want to~).

  • Mary Preston

    I’d be more then happy to travel through England on my own. I’d probably see more that way anyway.

  • bn100

    would like to visit Tahiti; don’t mind going alone