By: Beth Kendrick

Published: February 3, 2015

Publisher: NAL Trade


After reading two books with depressing characters, I was definitely ready for a light, fun read. I knew Beth Kendrick wouldn’t disappoint.

In Kendrick’s fictional town of Black Dog Bay on the coast of Delaware, women flee to recover from break-ups. Women can drown their sorrows at the Whinery and burn their memories at the Better Off Bed and Breakfast bonfire.  In her book, CURE FOR THE COMMON BREAKUP, Kendrick introduced us to the women of Black Dog Bay and has brought some of them back in her newest novel. See my review of CURE FOR THE COMMON BREAKUP, HERE.

In NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS, Lila, a local girl who made it big, returns home after losing her celebrity job, her fancy house, and her rich husband. Her father has recently died and she is hoping to comfort her mom as well as be comforted. Unfortunately, her father left a lot of things for her mom to tidy up.  Lila realizes that there is a lot more to deal with than her mom has let on and they are in serious financial trouble.  As Lila tries to rebuild her life, her mom makes things even more difficult. Lila finds her mom’s closets and storage units are full of vintage dresses from her modeling days, Lila gets the idea to start a new business, selling the clothes and accessories in a vintage dress shop on the boardwalk. The catch is her mom refuses to give them up. While Lila is trying to reinvent her life, bail them out of financial ruin, and find some hope of not being homeless, an old high school boyfriend decides to return to Black Dog Bay as well. Will they get the second chance they never got in high school?

Kendrick knows how to have fun with a story and the importance of likable characters. Short chapters and a fast-paced story-line keep the reader turning the pages.  Even though the outcome is a bit predictable, the ride there is fun and even has an unexpected twist at the end. It’s a quick read perfect for an airplane ride to the beach or a weekend curled up while a winter storm is blowing outside. Fans of chick-lit, light romance, friendships, and happy endings will find Kendrick’s books enjoyable. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!  This book can stand alone, but will be much more enjoyable if you have the back story on some of the characters of Black Dog Bay first.

Beth Kendrick – source

Beth Kendrick is the author of THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE LUCKY DOG MATCHMAKING SERVICE, AND NEARLYWEDS, which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. Although she lives in Arizona, she loves to vacation at the Delaware shore, where she brakes for turtles, eats boardwalk fries, and wishes that the Whinery really existed. For more on Beth, visit her website at  You can also find her on Facebook, HERE and Twitter,HERE.

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Thanks to SparkPoint Studio for sending a copy of this book for review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase a copy of this book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting reviews. 

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  1. bermudaonion on February 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This sounds cute to me and I love the title!

  2. Elizabeth on February 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I'll read anything Beth Kendrick writes.

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