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Been There, Married That by Gigi LeVangie

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ABOUT THE BOOK

When he changes the locks, she changes the rules.

Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.

But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does. Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?

MY REVIEW

My first Gigi Lavangie novel came to me in a kit from St. Martin’s Press and I am so glad it did!  This is a laugh-out-loud, cringeworthy stumble down the dark and ominous path of divorce Hollywood-style.

Universal truths in LA: death, taxes…and divorce. A Hollywood marriage is 80 percent more likely to fail than civilian marriages.

Agnes Murphy Nash, pre-menopausal, sarcastic, mother of one, and soon-to-be ex-wife to Trevor Nash, Oscar-winning Hollywood producer, is being sued for divorce. Told in Agnes’ own voice, she goes from a seemingly happy marriage living in a mansion with 14 bathrooms with supportive friends to Trevor canceling all of her credit cards, selling the house out from under her, and losing all but one of her friends. The Hollywood way of life and divorce.

I laughed out loud several times while reading this book and I loved Agnes’ spunk and perseverance to stay positive. However, I really enjoyed Agnes’ criminal sister, Fin, who stole the show by her Agnes-saving antics. One of the funniest being when she convinced Agnes to help her rearrange Trevor’s notepads and furniture which resulted in Trevor’s OCD-induced hissy fit. Absolutely brilliant!

I needed this book. It’s a reality check that sometimes love isn’t always enough. However,  people can rise above the pettiness and make lemonade from lemons. If you like to have a great laugh while watching a potential train wreck, give this book a try.  Recommend highly!

Thanks to Ms. LeVangie and St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book without expectation of a positive review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gigi Levangie GrazerGigi Levangie is the author of six prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is the original writer of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles.

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