She Sins at Midnight by Whitney Dineen is a fantastic read – wonderfully entertaining! This is Ms. Dineen’s first novel and she has quite that knack for the written word. This was a fabulously snarky story about such relatable characters and don’t we women like a bit of reality once in a while? The majority of the story is set in a very authentic feeling suburb of Chicago, Bentley Hills, with landmarks and areas that are familiar to this reviewer from the heartland.
I laughed out loud at the scene in the mud with her best high school friend. I love that Lila is a real woman with curves and she rocks them with confidence. Lila doesn’t intimidate easily in a world where the new size 4 is a size 0. Her family’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches are mentioned on more than one occasion which makes her a girl after my own heart. Whitney Dineen writes a portion of the story set in Hollywood – or “Lala Land” as Lila calls it. The interesting thing is that Ms. Dineen clearly has inside information on that crazy town as she has a successful business as the “cookie queen” to A-list celebrities. Doesn’t that give this book an interesting spin?
The humor in the writing keeps you reading but the twists and turns to the plot are an absolute surprise and delight. It totally kept me on my toes and frankly I am pretty good at figuring out what is going to happen next. She Sins at Midnight is a definite must read this summer on the beach or by the pool. Enjoy!
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About the Book:
Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever! That’s why Lila has chosen to publish her sexy narrative under the nom de plume, Jasmine Sheath.
With her fifteenth high school class reunion on the horizon, Lila finds herself at a crossroads. More than anything she wants to go home and see her childhood friends but is embarrassed that she hasn’t accomplished the things she feels she should have by this time in her life; mainly marriage and children.
After another brutal run-in with Melinda Forrester, Oscar nominated actress and client of her boss, Josh Furber, Lila decides that fleeing Hollywood for a month is the best thing for her. Lila packs her bags for her childhood home of Bentley Hills, sure that her friends and family will be the touchstone of normalcy that she so desperately needs. What she doesn’t expect is that Melinda will follow her and a tabloid media circus will ensue! Not only does Lila discover that her home is nothing like she remembers, but she meets and falls in love with the very man that inspired the hero in her novel.
She Sins at Midnight is full of laugh out loud hi-jinks that will make you never look at Hollywood the same way again! Author, Whitney Dineen, swears that this novel is based purely on fiction and that any characters bearing any resemblance to any celebrities you know are completely and totally fictitious; even though she spent eighteen years in La La Land, with a celebrity client base for her real job…