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Never on a Sundae
by Wendy Markham & Lynn Messina Daniella Brodsky

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0425198960

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Never on a Sundae
Wendy Markham, Lynn Messina and Daniella Brodsky
Berkley, Oct 2004, $13.00, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0425198960

“What You Wish For” by Wendy Markham. Most of her friends are married and moved beyond commiserating with a sundae at Sundaes’ Diner the lack of decent, straight single males in Manhattan. Delaney has doubts that Bob the banker is the one although she loves him. She ponders his acceptance of Hansel the cat and a red coat tree. Told mostly in second person soliloquies with some first person dialogues, this is a warm novella though Delaney acts inane at times.

“Lola Was Here” by Lynn Messina. Lola had some success in Europe as a photographer, but has doubts she can make it in New York. Her friend takes her to a party where her college lover and photography colleague, highly regarded Creighton is happy to see her. He takes her to Sundae where she decides to “fold” the diner into a photographic album. This is a terrific tale showcasing a woman just starting to appreciate her skills.

“The Waitress” By Daniella Brodsky. Waitress Kate is also a writer though she never told her peers at Sundaes or her customers. She still dreams of finding the right one, but seems to never do so until Glenn. However, he wears a ring that makes him off limits. Solid contemporary romance that fans will appreciate.

Calories, fat, and carbs aside, these three chick lit novellas are fine tales that sub-genre fans will enjoy, but beware that readers will find it difficult to say never to a sundae, better than chicken soup for the battered soul seeking love.

Harriet Klausner


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