Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen
The title New Uses For Old Boyfriends is what convinced me to read Beth Kendrick’s newest offering. Readers who fell in love with the charming town of Black Dog Bay— which is known as the best place to go to heal a broken heart—in Cure for the Common Breakup will be equally delighted if not even more so by Lila Alders’ journey of self-discovery and her quest for love.
Recently divorced and penniless, has-been Lila Alders returns to her childhood home of Black Dog Bay, Delaware, to help her widowed mother, Daphne, settle the family’s estate. Upon her arrival, Lila discovers that her mother is no better off than she is, and Lila must quickly come up with a plan to pay off the debt her father left behind.
When she discovers a treasure trove of designer fashion in her mother’s possession, Lila opens a chic boutique with the help of her new friends. And in the love department, Lila wonders if there is a second chance for her and her high school boyfriend, Ben. Now if only Lila could stop herself from constantly calling the delectable ex-Marine, Malcolm, who knows a thing or two himself about fashion.
New Uses for Old Boyfriends is the second book I’ve read by Beth Kendrick. I connected more with Lila and her journey than I did with Summer in Cure for the Common Breakup. I was happy to see Summer make an appearance in New Uses for Old Boyfriends, and it’s made me think I should give Cure for the Common Breakup a second read.
If I had but one complaint about these books, it’s that I have no idea how many other books Beth Kendrick has written that are set in Black Dog Bay. I love series that revolve around small seaside towns that feature quirky businesses and light romances (Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series comes to mind), and I’m a bit disappointed to see that these books aren’t being marketed as a series. Time has passed between one book to the next and reading one before the other won’t spoil anything too horribly—they’re predictable and formulaic—but certain secondary characters like Jake Sorensen and Hattie Huntington make much more sense only if someone’s read Cure for the Common Breakup first.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review and giveaway copies were provided by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.