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Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Reviews by YOU
How I Learned to Love the Walrus (an Arctic Romantic Comedy)
by Beth Orsoff

Cookie's Book Club brings you the first in a new series, Book Reviews by YOU.

Today we are joined by guest reader, Judester, who reviews Beth Orsoff's How I Learned to Love the Walrus (an Arctic Romantic Comedy).

From the Author, Beth Orsoff:
If you like humor, chick lit, and complicated/cranky men (think "House"), then this may be the book you've been looking for. 

Product Description from Amazon.com:
When Los Angeles publicist Sydney Green convinces her boss to let her produce a documentary for the Save the Walrus Foundation, the only one Sydney Green is interested in saving is herself. The walruses are merely a means to improving her career and her love life, and not necessarily in that order. Sydney would've killed the project the second she learned she'd be the one having to spend a month in rural Alaska if it had been for any other client. But for rising star and sometimes boyfriend Blake McKinley, no sacrifice is ever too great.

But a funny thing happens on the way to the Arctic. A gregarious walrus pup, a cantankerous scientist, an Australian sex goddess, a Star Wars obsessed six-year-old, and friends and nemeses both past and present rock Sydney Green's well-ordered world. Soon Sydney is forced to choose between doing what's easy and doing what's right.
Judester's Review:
I never thought I'd have this much fun learning about the walrus and life in remote Alaska. The characters in "How I Learned to Love the Walrus" are as fun and engaging as an episode of `Friends' meets `Survivor'. The interaction was real enough that I wanted to pull up a chair and join in, but that wasn't the gem. The best part of this book is Beth's voice that breathes sparkling wit into a subject matter that might otherwise glaze eyes over and promote resonating snores.
Orsoff is one gifted writer that does her homework. I felt as though the details were well researched. She even added information about gear and walrus tracking procedures that I didn't know that I wanted to know. The chapter hooks made the reading fly by. SPOILER ALERT: I will say that it nearly broke my heart when Ethan said "There's no normal anymore" (and don't even get me started on Brutus).
Thanks Orsoff! This is one great read!
I give this book a 5/5.
Judester's BIO:  
I'm a Kindle junkie, a single parent of six and grandma of one. In summer I love air conditioning, icy diet drinks especially when zested with lime, drive-in movies where we picnic in the back of the van, camping, waterparks and roadtrips. In winter I love reading by firelight and sleeping. My favorite seasons are spring and fall, the order is interchangable.
Thanks, Judester! Beth's book sounds like a fun read. I'm adding it to my wish list! 
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How I Learned to Love the Walrus (an Arctic Romantic Comedy) is available for Kindle at Amazon.com.
95,000 words/380 pages

(please confirm price before purchasing)

Beth Orsoff has written two other novels, Romantically Challenged and Honeymoon For One, both $2.99 at the Amazon Kindle store.

Learn more about Beth at her website. She sounds like the kind of person I'd want to meet for tea (it doesn't hurt that I'd have to fly to sunny Los Angeles to do so).

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Unknown said...

This sounds like a great read. Fun!

Anonymous said...

Am I really talking about the weather on my bio? Gosh, that's not embarrasing. :)

Thanks Dana. If you decide to give it a try I hope you enjoy it.


Anonymous said...

Nice review judester, I moved this book up to the top of my massive TBR list because of your recommendation, and enjoyed the book very much. Romantically Challenged is also in my TBR list and hope to get to it soon.

Linda Mc

Anonymous said...

Hey Linda ?wazi Mc

Whew, so glad you enjoyed it. Romantically Challenged is also on my massive TBR list so I'll be getting to it soon. I enjoy a book that can make me laugh outright. :)


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