Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick

Title: Cure for the Common Breakup
Author: Beth Kendrick
Genre: Chick-lit
Published: May 6, 2014
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 336


Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as "the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup." Home to Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.

Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.

Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn't be kissing him. She definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything...


I picked up a copy of this book at my local grocery store the other day. Oddly enough, the display for it was in the freezer section of the store. I guess some stock-boy saw the ice cream on the cover and figured that's where the books belonged. Honestly, it was pretty solid product placement now that I think about it. I was there to pick up a pint of Cherry Garcia to deal with some emotional pain after all. 

Anyway, I bought this book thinking that it would be kind of a how to to help me deal with a recent break-up. I mean, you're with a guy for eleven years and think things are going well and then he just freakin' leaves you for Belgium. You've got to do something to get over that kind of loss, and eating ice cream is a well-tested cure for that kind of heartache. But when I got home and started reading it, I realized that it was a freakin' novel and not a how-to book at all. #Disappointed. 

Not all was lost though, because everyone knows that when you're going through a break-up, binge watching chick flicks is an absolute must, and it turns out that Cure for the Common Breakup is basically a chick flick in book form. Seriously, it's basically your standard rom-com, so even though it wasn't the how-to book I was looking for, it did help me feel a little bit better in the end. Of course not as much better as I felt when my husband left Belgium for me. 

So if you're looking for a how-to book to get over a breakup, this book is not for you. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read to help you with some slight emotional distress, give this book a try. 

I give it 4 frozen scoops of ice cream. 

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About the Author

Author of twelve women's fiction novels, including the Black Dog Bay series and "Nearlyweds," which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. Loves rescue dogs, red wine, and the Chicago Cubs. To find out more, please visit and

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