Wednesday, January 5, 2011

REVIEW: Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan


Recently, I read Helen of Pasadena about a woman named Helen Fairchild who lost her husband in a freak parade float accident.  Just hours before her husbands fatal run in with the paper mache panda, he had told her that he was leaving her for the towns young and perky weather girl.  That is a lot to deal with in the space of only a couple of days, but Helen fairs better then I would have expected her too.  Not only is her husband dead but according to his lawyer who she meets with a few days after the funeral he is VERY much in the financial hole. So, not only was she left to raise their thirteen year old son all on her own, but she also has to get herself out of debt.
            One of the first things she decides to do is get a job part time job.  Being that her husband comes from a rich family, she lives in a very Stepford wives neighborhood. She has volunteered her time at the historical society enough in the past that she asks one of the ladies there if there is a job opening.  Lucky for her a traveling scholar has come to look through books from a famous archeologist that the society acquired.  There is many notebooks to read through and he needs a part-time assistant and as they say the rest is history.  Trouble is, she has a hard time concentrating on her work when he is around because not only is he smart, but easy on the eyes as well.
            My favorite part about this book  is how funny she is even during the most stressful situations she tries to make the best of it with a sarcastic remark either out loud or crossing your mind. Though a little too long winded at times this book was definitely a good read.

4/5

Here's a preview video I found about the book!

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