Good Things

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A charming debut novel about a lifestyle maven who learns that living simply isn't simple.

Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simply, and simply live-ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career, and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on-who happens to be gay.

But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, ...

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Overview

A charming debut novel about a lifestyle maven who learns that living simply isn't simple.

Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simply, and simply live-ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career, and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on-who happens to be gay.

But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, she's left trying to figure out the next segment. Seizing on a chance encounter with an attractive stranger, Deidre accepts his offer to use his country home. She hopes to get away for a while and learn to practice what she preaches. To appreciate life without voice mail. To gain the courage to start again, and take the first slow, cautious steps toward a new kind of success-and maybe even love.

It seems like a simple task. But it may be the hardest thing she's ever done...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A domestic diva goes from princess to pauper in King's mushy debut. Deidre McIntosh, the 40-year-old host of Seattle television show Live Simple, has had a successful five-year run, but, as with all cookies, hers too must crumble. The show gets canceled, her gay best friend and roommate moves in with his boyfriend, and her investments tank, forcing her to sell her designer clothes and land a cheaper place to live. By chance, she meets the dapper and wealthy Kevin, who, after an exceedingly serendipitous second encounter, offers her the use of his vacation home in remote Jacob's Point. It takes her a little while to warm up to the backwoods, but Deidre finds a friend and retail outlet for her gourmet baked goods in Lindsey Miller, the owner of the local diner. After a few months at Jacob's Point, Deidre, armed with a proposal for a new TV show, returns to Seattle, but getting back on the air isn't as simple as she'd hoped. There's never a doubt that Deidre will find her professional and romantic happy ending, and readers' patience may be stretched while the earnest heroine orchestrates her comeback. But the plucky protagonist and sweeter-than-syrup ending will please those willing to wait for the inevitable. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seattle's version of Martha Stewart stages a comeback. Deidre McIntosh hosts Live Simple, a local TV show for those who want to learn how to bake a perfect fruit tart or fold a napkin into the shape of a lotus flower. For five years, she's neglected her personal life while devoting herself to the domestic arts. So when Live Simple is canceled and her gay roommate moves in with his boyfriend, Deidre's world comes apart. She loses her apartment (the lease was in her roommate's name) and has hardly any savings to fall back on, thanks to lousy investment advice. She needs an angel, and sure enough, one appears. Handsome Kevin Johnson picks up the tab when Deidre finds herself wallet-less at a local restaurant. Later, he bumps into an intoxicated Deidre in the elevator. Sparks fly, and the couple lands between the sheets. Not normally one for flings, Deidre is horrified the next morning. Kevin, ever the gentleman, ignores her hung-over bumbling and offers a no-strings-attached solution to her housing troubles: his country cottage near Lake Wish. Lacking alternatives, Deidre heads to the house to come up with a plan to resurrect her career. She reacquaints herself with her passion for cooking and gets a sensational idea for a new show. With renewed confidence, she is ready to head back to Seattle. But she needs someone to believe in her, and it will come as no surprise who that someone will be. First-novelist King slops together a mish-mash of ingredients to create this sugary concoction. She jumps from recipes to steamy sex scenes so quickly it will give readers whiplash. Amateurish prose and a hackneyed plot make for literary indigestion. Agent: Jean Naggar/Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425213711
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 701,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mia King graduated from Wellesley College and attended graduate school at Rice University. She now lives in Hawaii where she founded Women Write, a creative writing workshop based in Hawaii and California. She is hard at work on her second novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Loved it

    This was one of the most lighthearted, fun novels I have read in a long time! I didn't want to put it down, and when I did, all I could think about was when I would be able to pick it back up. The characters were so easy to relate to, the storyline was captivating and it was just super enjoyable!

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    Not worth the money

    I read all the reviews and thought this would be a fun summer read. But the characters were one dimensional and predictable, the storyline didn't have much to offer. Based on this book, I won't spend money on her other novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2010

    Perfect Summer Read

    This is the perfect answer to a light and fun summer read. It's fun and fast. I zipped through it in a couple days.

    It may be chic lit but it's not the typical plot worn to death about a girl in publishing who lives in London, etc.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

    Good Things: Good Reads!

    Like any good novel, just when you think circumstances couldn't get worse: Boom! The impulse is to turn the pages in the hope that things will flip for the good and come to fruition. And so is the case for the main character, Deidre McIntosh in Mia King's debut novel, "Good Things." One day, the 40-year-old is the belle of the ball on the Seattle airways in her pseudo-Martha Stewart TV show, and the next, she's unemployed, losing her apartment and the good life as she knows it. Fortunately, as the book progresses, amidst all the setbacks, Deidre not only does not lose herself but finds a part of herself that helps her get through it all. Ultimately, she learns that when one falls to the bottom of the barrel, you need not stop panning (or expecting) to discover gold.

    Indeed, eventually Deidre does find her gold nuggets. The main one comes in the name of Kevin Johnson. Rich. Gorgeous. Sexy..Shall I say more? Things turn deliciously intriguing long before the reader indulges in the recipes (chocolate cherry crackle cookies anyone?) at the end of the book, since Kevin also happens to be the brother of Deidre's TV rival, socialite Marla Banks. Along the rocky road, she also discovers an assortment of other characters that makes one believe in silver linings and good things.

    Granted some of the auspicious turns are, perhaps, way too good to really happen in life, but hey, what's wrong to believe in a bit of magic? The best thing about the book is that if you are feeling in the dumps; need a little or big lift, "Good Things" is a good thing to have on hand.along with chicken soup, if need be.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Great Fun

    I really enjoyed this story already purchased her second book. It was a fun read.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Escape with Deirdre - a fun, romantic read!

    Synopsis:
    At 40, single and the host of Live Simple and Seattle's Martha Stewart, Deidre McIntosh is living the good life - until she's not. Suddenly, as a younger, thinner, and blonder and wealthier Marla launches a competing show Deirdre's life comes apart. Deirdre's show is cancelled. And as she's mourning with a pint of icecream, she's evicted from her beautiful apartment.

    It's a stroke of luck leads her to meet Kevin. After a chance encounter, he offers her the use of his cabin by Lake Wish. Surprising herself, Deirdre accepts Kevin's offer. As she spends time in Lake Wish and living simply, Deirdre slowly regains confidence and starts building her life again. And as she does so, she comes across love.

    Review:
    I thoroughly enjoyed Good Things! The tone and style was reminiscent of Watermelon by Marian Keyes. Like Watermelon, I had found Good Things serendipitously and found myself chuckling and unwilling to put it down.

    Deirdre is a sympathetic character and I found myself hoping that things would work out for her, silently cheering with each small victory. Kevin is an ideal romantic lead, too. I thought it great fun go through each of the small hurdles that came their way.

    I'd rate Good Things 4.5 out of 5 and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, romantic read! It'd be great on the beach, at the park, or just lazing around at home.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    This has to be one of my favorite books.

    I feel in love with this book and the story. It was the first book that made me laugh out loud. I loved the charactors and did not want the story to end and then to my surprise I read on the authors website that the segual to this book is due out August 2008. This is a definate book for any readers collection.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    Good Things: Great for Snow and Rain Days

    "Good Things" is a reminder that life can change very quickly. King's book inspires us to be resourceful and consider simplifying out lives. Some of the characters in this book are well developed, others seem a little simplistic. The romance was a little too quick and lacked depth. Still, it is an easy read and entertaining. It is great for a cold and wet day. Many themes raised in the book lend themselves for great discussions: how does one deal with sudden and dramatic change, assessing ones talents and resources, simplfying lifestyles. The "cabin fiasco" was funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    Fabulous Read!

    This book is a fast paced, new life begins at forty, sexy, romance novel, and I loved every word! I sat down and read this book, without stopping, in four hours! It's an engrossing and satisfying read, and I look forward to more books by Mia King!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Good Things

    Mia King's debut novel Good Things was the perfect summer read. The characters were easy to like, their lives and drama were easy to relate to, and the setting was refreshing as the summer heat climbed the charts. Who hasn't been in a situation that seems hopeless, but in the end turns a page that we didn't even know was there? And who doesn't like a few surprises along the way? If you are looking for a book that is fun and filled with good food and many good things, then this is a perfect place to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    Finding a 'just-for-fun' novel that leaves me wanting more is what makes for a worthwhile read. GOOD THINGS fills the bill. From realistic character development to an engaging, evolving story, this book has it all. Women can relate to the frustrations of Deidre and connect with her determination and strong will - no matter what their age. It is an enjoyable read from beginning to end kind of book - with the bonus of some pretty great recipes...Looking forward to Mia King's next literary venture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Great character development -- would make a fun movie. Loved the surprises, like our heroine staying in the wrong house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!

    I am an avid reader - I always have ann open book on my nightstand - and just finished reading GOOD THINGS by Mia King. I couldn't put the book down and will be looking forward to other titles by this author. She is fantastic! There is nothing about this book that I would change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Stayed up too late!

    This is one of those stayed-up-reading-way-past-bedtime kind of books. It is a quick and enjoyable read but it is not too shallow to keep you from pondering some deep thoughts about the Good Things in your own own life. Full of relational twists, it causes you to evaluate life-changes with a new perspective. Great for Book Club discussions!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    A must read for anyone wishing to be inspired!

    Mia King has used equal measures of intelligence, wit and intuition to inspire her reader long after the last-fast page is turned. The character Deidre set a wonderful example of loving self evaluation, hard work, creativity, tenacity and humility as she reinvented a good thing or two for herself. Mia King has the ability to bring out the hope and 'sassy' in us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Can't Put Down Read

    A great read for a rainy day or a sunny day. I started reading this book and I couldn't stop. Buy this book and you won't be upset!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    Hooks you in the first couple of pages!

    Good Things is the kind of book that once you start to read it you don't want to put it down. It is a truly amazing read especially considering this is the first published book for the author! Mia is on my list of favorite authors and I can't wait until her next book is published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    This is a GREAT book!!!

    I loved this book. I bought it for vacation - couldn't put it down and finished it on the first day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    The Good Things in Life

    I thought the book was thoroughly enjoyable!Deidre's journey was fun and unpredictable, and I liked the chemisty between her and Kevin. I had a pretty good idea that things would work out, but I didn't know how, and there were a few twists that really surprised me. We're going to read this for my book club this month, and we're also going to make some of the recipes in the back. I also bought four copies to give as gifts. As someone who lives in the state of Washington, I found myself wishing Jacob's Point really existed! I'm looking forward to Mia King's next book, and think that people reading this novel will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Kinda predictable

    Saw this on the paperback table and thought it sounded fun. But I never felt like I knew much about Deidre, and I never believed she was 40. She seemed like she was much younger. She and Kevin both were like cardboard cutouts. He was too perfect. Like the Kirkus review says, the sex scenes weren't smooth. I liked the stuff about the diner. But the way it became so popular just because Deidre brought scones (which everyone could amazingly identify as scones!) and other baked goodies was not believable. Even for light reading, I think this doesn't quite measure up. Jennifer Crusie is the better bet.

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