Title: Table Manners
Author: Mia King
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
Deidre McIntosh is everyone’s favorite go-to person. She seems so successful, so capable, so just plain perfect, with a popular cooking show, her own line of cakes and cookies, and an ideal relationship with Kevin Johnson—considered one of the most desirable men in Seattle.
Then Kevin’s ex-fiancée, sultry magazine publisher Sabine Durant, suddenly appears, and Deidre needs help. Already intimidated by Kevin’s glamorous, moneyed world—and his sister, who wants Deidre out of Kevin’s life—she fears she’s no match for Sabine. And the go-to girl must figure out where to go next before the tablecloth is pulled out from under her…
I have heard great things about Mia King’s novels, especially considering she was one of the founding members of the Debutante Ball. I haven’t actually read any of her books until now, and after reading the thoroughly enjoyable Table Manners, I’m wondering why I waited so long to tackle her novels!
I wish I had known that Table Manners was a sequel to King’s previous novel Good Things before starting it. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t really feel like I was missing anything while I was reading, and I fully understood the storyline. King did a great job of re-developing the character of Deidre. I imagine that those who have read Good Things wouldn’t notice that the character is being re-introduced to an entirely new set of readers. King handles it very subtly, and it speaks to her talent that I was halfway through the book before I realized it was a sequel. Still, since I’m picky about reading books in order, I wish I had read Good Things before Table Manners. However, if you aren’t interested in reading them in order, you will not be missing anything by skipping the first book completely.
I loved the character of Deidre. I thought she was wonderfully strong, yet not in an off-putting way. I also appreciated how she stayed true to herself, even when the cost of doing so was very high. She was an easy character to like.
The story of Table Manners was enjoyable, though there was a lot going on for the length of the book. At times, I felt like there was almost too much happening, yet King balances it very well. As a result, I was always hooked to the story, anxious to see what was going to happen to Deidre next and how she was going to deal with it. I couldn’t put the novel down and ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting.
I really enjoyed Table Manners and can’t wait to tackle Mia King’s other novels. This book was well-written, with great characters and a plot that will suck you in. This is a great, light summer read that you shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan of chick lit or women’s fiction!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!