Title: Gone With a Handsomer Man
Author: Michael Lee West
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating: 4 out of 5
Teeny Templeton is engaged to a man she thinks is wonderful, and is happy with the way her life is going. That is, until she comes home and finds her fiancé in a compromising position with two women. Teeny is understandably devastated, and things only become worse for her when her ex-fiancé is later found murdered in their home. When Teeny discovers she is the prime suspect, she hires a lawyer (who also happens to be her high school flame) and together they work to clear Teeny’s name.
While that summary above of Gone With a Handsomer Man might sound interesting, it doesn’t capture one very important thing about the novel: how funny it is. This book reminded me of a Janet Evanovich-esque chick lit novel with a fun mystery twist. I absolutely loved the ridiculous situations that Teeny found herself in, as well as the deft way in which she dealt with them. Though she could be frustrating at times, Teeny was a capable and lovable heroine that readers will root for from beginning to end.
Teeny was also an avid baker, which made for a delicious read. When she was stressed, she found her solace in baking delicious cakes. The descriptions of food were really phenomenal and had me constantly wanting to snack while reading. Food is quickly becoming a love of mine in novels, and I was thrilled that this book contained a fun mystery combined with amazing foodie descriptions.
The mystery of Gone With a Handsomer Man is humorous, and though I saw the final twist coming, it was very satisfying. Admittedly, the entire novel provokes some questions, and you may have to suspend some levels of disbelief in order to enjoy it, but if you’re willing to let yourself be taken away by the zany plot, you will like it. It’s one of those books where you can’t let yourself ask too many questions, otherwise the magic of the novel will be lost.
Gone With a Handsomer Man was a fun novel that has the set up for a sequel. I hope West is still planning on writing one, as I’d love to continue Teeny’s adventures. It’s an enjoyable book that’s perfect for a breezy summer’s day when you want to get lost in something fun and easy.