Title: New Uses For Old Boyfriends
Author: Beth Kendrick
Publish Date: February 3, 2015
Source: I received a copy from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "After growing up in
privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the
good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to
Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate
for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years.
Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up
to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to
reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as
Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with
her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s
lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she
desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she
can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first
My Two Cents:
In "New Uses for Old Boyfriends," Lila's life falls apart and the only place that she can think of to go is Black Dog Bay, her hometown. She finds that even her hometown has changed and the gold status that she once enjoyed is gone. Her mom's financial status is in ruins and she wants Lila to help her keep her home but she may be forced to leave her home behind. This book explores one woman's try at trying to put her life back together when the conditions are anything but easy.
This book takes place in the same super cute town as Kendrick's previous book, "Cure for the Common Break-up," a book that I really enjoyed. I was very excited to go back to Black Dog Bay. Although the story focuses on Lila mostly, we do get to know a great deal about the denizens of Black Dog Bay, which I loved. It is always nice to visit some old familiar characters!
Lila is a great character. She is definitely sort of humbled when she has to come home from a glamorous life that fell apart. Everyone held her in such high regard because of her great marriage and her great career. Lila can't help but to feel like she's coming back to town with her tail between her legs after her so-called perfect life is shattered. I really felt for her. I also liked how for the most part, she really begins to realize that she has to be the vehicle for her own happiness. Some of her ex-boyfriends come out of the woodwork to help her along the way. I really liked how the love matches in the book were dealt with. As with "Cure for the Common Break-up," Kendrick cooks up some leading males that are off the beaten path including a former military man with a penchant for sewing incredible things (a great surprise)!
I did not like this book quite as much as "Cure for the Common Break-up" as I liked the love story in that book a little bit better. However, "New Uses for Old Boyfriends" is still an adorable read with a lot of heart!