Elegance: A Novel [Kathleen Tessaro] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Louise C. wants what Jackie O had Unhappy with her looks, her. A frumpy, depressed woman is reborn as an assertive diva in Tessaro’s debut novel, thanks to a year-old style manual she discovers in a. Notable works, Elegance The Perfume Collector. Spouse, Gregg Liberi. Children, 1. Website. Kathleen Tessaro is an American author. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and.

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Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro ???? a book review ????

What was the point? Im on holiday at the moment with my fanily in sunny Antalya and Im reading a lovely book by a favourite author Kathleen Tessaro. You’ve seen me a million times, and yet I am still supposed to entertain you!

This story is about a thirty-ish woman stuck in a dead end job who is married to a man who has no sex drive and is more interested in decorating their living room and if you can’t see the reason coming a mile away well then you simply haven’t read enough Chick Lit books yet. Her ultimate pleasure consists in sleeping at all hours of night and day. But then again I’m not exactly Ms.

Louise realizes that in order to get her life under control, she has to deal with all the painful memories from her past. Cate, an artist who abandoned her talent, heart, and self-respect in New York, washes up in London an emotional wreck in desperate need of work. She builds this great theme and then throws it right out the window. I liked the concept of it, but I felt that at times the author’s attempts to bend the narrative to the alphabetical structure of Madame Dariaux’s book hindered the flow and at times felt rather forced and jarring.


Does it make any of the characters any more likable than they already aren’t? How convenient that in the F chapter for Fur she happened to own a fur coat when she was younger.

Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro

Quoting liberally from the guidebook, Tessaro writes a lighthearted contemporary version of Pygmalion. The result is a charmingly collaboration of two very unique voices. She wears a dress from her closet that she’s never worn and suddenly she’s beautiful and men I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I suppose that not all authors are trying to write books that will be relevant years from now. Mysteries of Winterthurn by Joyce Carol Oates.

All kayhleen the novel our hapless fashion apprentice is searching for her identity, trying to break away from the roles she subconsciously slides into, at last allowing herself to become a person of poise, integrity and genuine class.

When I got to the alphabetised ‘F’ chapter which concerned the ‘elegance of wearing fur’, I chucked the book down and elegnfia an expression that also started with the letter ‘F’: Because by pursuing the goal of acquiring a sense of style, Louise finally learns who she truly is, how to live a fulfilled ktahleen, how to realize her own dreams and ambitions.

Otherwise light reading about finding yourself and getting a nice warddrobe. They’re devoid of both basement rooms and fallen Greek heroes in smelly tweeds. I loved the idea of Louise reforming herself by using an out-of-date fashion manual as her guide. Lady Castle appeared as if from nowhere, magnificent and knowledgeable, and then faded into nothing and was never encountered again.

When Louise starts to follow Madame’s advice, her life is transformed. Louise needs all the help she can get.

What am I saying? Mar 15, Ape rated it liked it Shelves: I read the abridged audio version of this book. There was one section where our heroine goes away with friends to the country one weekend. Except for the fact that the “elegance” book is real and I really want a copyit’s a pretty standard chick lit book.

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Kathleen Tessaro

On the other hand, I tend to think a book must have been pretty decent if I am able to cull any tessato quotations from it. The back of the book promises that “within its pages lie not only clues from her past, but ellegncia powerful lessons for the future.

Sep 04, Arryn rated it did not like it. I do not, however, chuck books out the window on philosophical differences alone, so after reading this, I just shook my head in incredulity and soldiered on until I hit the fifty-page rule. As Louise follows the advice in the book she finds her life slowly changing for katlheen better. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

This book was rather good.

The story was so predictable as soon as he asked for a light it became ridiculous. Short and sweet, bookcrossing journal: I therefore failed to become invested in her romantic attachments and found it difficult to comprehend the fact that she was pursued romantically with such vigour when tessaeo was very little to recommend her personality.

I noticed that I flipped down a page I wanted to make sure I noted here — it’s a description of a secondhand bookstore: Too many resolutions and life changes were reached after a few page of set up, but it was otherwise light, fun, an This is another book in which I liked the premise a little bit more than the actual story.

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And then Louise makes a total fool of herself, being the stupid woman that she is, and yet gets what she wants anyway.