Lucky Charm [NOOK Book]

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From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author!

Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy's betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV ...
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Lucky Charm

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Overview

From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author!

Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy's betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel's best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn't know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148266952
  • Publisher: Marie Astor
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 566,506
  • File size: 783 KB

Meet the Author

Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Marie is a die-hard romantic, which is why she loves writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance. Marie is the author of the Janet Maple Series: To Catch a Bad Guy, Catching the Bad Guy, and Bad Guys Get Caught. Marie is also the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, Smitten at First Sight, a short story collection, A Dress in a Window, and a fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.

In her spare time, Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

Join Marie's mailing list at www.marieastor.com to receive updates on Marie's new book releases and events.

Books by Marie Astor:

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book 1 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Catching the Bad Guy (Book 2 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Bad Guys Get Caught (Book 3 of the Janet Maple Series - romantic suspense

This Tangled Thing Called Love - contemporary romance about searching for love

Lucky Charm - contemporary romance about love, luck, and friendship

Smitten at First Sight - contemporary romance about the power of love

A Dress in a Window - a collection of short stories about love, serendipity, and fate

Over the Mountain and Back - young adult fantasy adventure
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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Lucky Charm

    Lucky Charm is a book about a 28-year old woman named Annabel. She is in the midst of planning her wedding when she catches her fiance cheating on her. They have been together since college, so this is completely devastating to her. Annabel's best friend ends up dragging Annabel on a trip to Paris with her, where she meets a guy named Etienne.

    I thought it was kind of weird how almost every character was being cheated on, or had been cheated on. It could almost make you paranoid that every man is a cheating scumbag, lol... I loved how Annabel was strong though, and kicked her fiance out on his butt. The first half of the book pretty much revolved around the affair, and we don't meet Etienne until the second half of the book. Since I am such a romance nut, I would liked to have seen more time between Annabel and Etienne. I really liked how their first date didn't go so well, and that it wasn't happily-ever-after from first glance.

    This is the first time in a long time where I've read a book without any paranormal elements in it. Overall, it was a cute story though. It was interesting reading about the different aspects of Paris. This book is pretty squeaky-clean in the passion department, so it's okay for romance lovers of any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Lucky Charm

    Lucky Charm by Marie Astor is a charismatic and endearing tale of falling in love.

    Annabel has just found out that her fiancé is nothing but a lying and cheating rat. Not only that he is a scrounging rat that has been living off of Annabel for years trying to reach fame through his writing career. Poor Annabel is heartbroken and bravely pushes Jeremy aside to try and get on with her life; but she can't let herself totally let go. Enter Lilly, Annabel's best friend in the world and fashion designer. Lilly is going to France for a fashion competition and drags Annabel along to try and perk her up from her post-break up blues. Annabel is reluctant at first but soon finds the idea of visiting another country and seeing some of the wonders of the worlds exhilarating. She finds a lot more wonders that she could ever imagine.

    I absolutely loved Annabel and Lilly. Their dynamic relationship is invigorating. It's not very often you can find someone that you can be truly yourself around but this friendship is one of them. Lilly helps Annabel realize that she needs to move on and Annabel does the same for Lilly: by making her realize that she needs to let go of her grudge. Lilly is such a funky free spirit and I love her wit. Annabel is more of the shy one that takes some time to come out of her box. The only annoyance I had with this book was that about half way through there was a lot of spelling errors.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would happily read more of Astor's work. It has a light fluffy feel to the plot and I like that every once and a while. Everyone wins in the end and it's the perfect book to start me on my summer holidays (even though I am a bit late this year).

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book for review as part of a book blog tour held by The Bookish Snob Promotions. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

    Add on disclaimer: The spelling errors are duie to uncorrected copy being supplied for review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    So Sweet

    This book was so sweet, a few sad moments but a great story all the way around. You felt for the characters, and boy, were there a lot of them. I've found with most stories, who have a lot of characters, the stories are too over done but this one was perfect and easy to follow. I loved it!


    Set in the Big City, Annabel is living the life. She has a good job, a wonderful fiancé, supportive friends; life is predictable and safe, until the uneventful happens. Annabel catches her fiancé in an affair and breaks off the wedding. Distraught, she decides going on vacation with her best friend to Paris, it's just the thing she needs. And there, she meets tall, dark and handsome!


    Etienne, a French man, is smitten with Annabel the first day he meets her. Love at first sight? Three glorious weeks in Paris and they both believe so but will their love last when Annabel's fiancé comes back in the picture?
    Did Annabel go back to her ex- fiancé or did she take a risk and go to her French man? Read the book and find out. I can promise that the story was wonderful, sweet and each character ended up with a happy ending. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Loved the story line and the characters. Annabel reminded of mys

    Loved the story line and the characters. Annabel reminded of myself when I was younger and single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    Predictable

    Predictable

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Lucky Charm

    This was a sweet, light & quick feel good read that leaves you wanting to call your best friend. While this is a romance, it is also the story of friendship and how powerful & important it can be.

    Annabel had her life planned, she was going to get married to her college sweetheart until she catches him kissing another woman. She immediately kicks him out but then she is left to deal with the heartache & begins to doubt her decision. With the help of her friends she slowly begins to heal and make a new life for herself.

    What Worked For Me
    ~That Annabel stuck to her guns and didn't go back to Jeremy. While she may have had doubts, she never gave in because she knew she could never trust him again.
    ~Lilly. A great friend to Annabel who was never afraid to speak her mind. She lifted her up when needed, gave her a hard kick-in-the-ass when needed & also a shoulder to lean & cry on.
    ~Etienne. Great character who was written well and allowed Annabel to be who she needed to, no questions.

    What Didn't Work
    ~While I understand that the story was about love & friendship - I felt that too much focus was placed on the friendship aspect. The story line between Annabel & Etienne could have been so much more if only they would have gotten more page time.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Friendship and Love are Tested

    Contemporary romance is not the normal genre that I usually review but every now and again I like to break from my usual and dive into something different. The premise of this book is pretty much what you read in the summary. Annabel Green finds herself alone and unable to move on with life without fear of being rejected. After her friend, Lilly, convinces her to go to a palm reader she is given a necklace that is said to hold a great power that will help her find her true love. Armed with this weapon she embarks on a fantastic trip to Paris with Lilly (who has found the man of her dreams) where she meets Etienne. He is funny and seems to really love her, but is it just the power of the amulet? Annabel returns to America and finds out that her friend has betrayed her and now she wonders if everything she has experienced even real. Friendship and love is but to the test in this contemporary read.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Book you can settle into and enjoy!

    Lucky Charm is a very enjoyable read that made me want to grab a comfy chair and a glass of wine, and just enjoy the story.

    It was very easy to identify with Annabel, a young woman who discovers her fiancé is having an affair. Annabel has to deal with the fall-out of a failed relationship, as well as the embarrassment of canceling wedding plans, all while trying to keep her emotions under control. With help from her best friend, Lilly, and even some therapeutic target shooting sessions, Annabel begins to put the failed relationship behind her and make positive changes in her life. The last think Annabel expected was to meet an attractive man while on vacation in Paris, but when Etienne enters her life, Annabel is torn between risking her heart in a relationship with a stranger or staying safe in her single status.

    Lucky Charm is an easy contemporary romance novel to relate to and enjoy. The characters experience real-life situations and emotions, making it very easy to relate to and get caught up in the story. All of the female characters in Lucky Charm face their own relationship struggles and issues, and they are all a bit different. There is something for every reader to relate to, at least in some way. After all, relationships are complicated, but we all look for that happily ever after. I appreciate that while exploring the hurts of unfaithful relationships, Marie Astor manages to pull in humor and amusement to the story.

    I loved the settings in Lucky Charm. Annabel and Lilly live in New York City, and they are independent, smart women making their way in the city. They get to travel to Paris for a few weeks, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The cities fit the characters, and the story line so well. The settings just pulled me into the storyline that much more, and made me wish that I could go to Paris too.

    As far as contemporary romance novels go, Lucky Charm is a great novel that I highly enjoyed and recommend.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    A quick and enjoyable read for all fans of the romance genre.

    Lucky Charm by Marie Astor is a fun,quick read that is equal parts chick-lit and romance.I liked each of the characters, particularly Lilly for forcing Annabel outside of her comfort zone and for helping her realize that the end of her relationship with Jeremy wasn't her only chance for happiness.I loved all of the little details that Marie Astor included about Paris because it made me feel like I was there, experiencing all of the sights right alongside Annabel.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Lucky in love at last.

    What do you do when the man you are going to marry cheats on you with a business associate? If you are Annabel Green you first try to get over it by retreating into your shell and becoming a semi-hermit, only going to work and then straight home alone. The fun part of the story comes about when Annabel's best friend Lilly, a social butterfly who in the past was always on the lookout for the next Mr-Right-Now, takes things in hand and forces Annabel to update her hair and wardrobe and at least try to date once again.. When this fails to get the required results Lilly invites Annabel to go with her to Paris where Lilly is competing in a fashion design show and reuniting with her long distance boyfriend who has moved back to Paris after being in New York on business. Going to Paris at first seemed like such a chore, once Annabel got into the swing of things however her excitement over the trip takes over and she researches and plans numerous outings to discover the "City of Love" on her own... Lucky for her those particular plans are soon scrapped as she is swept off her feet and finds the one man who sees Annabel the way no one ever has before, a rocky road to a true HEA but well worth traveling! Lucky Charm embodies the best of contemporary romance reading, it is serious but fun, full of the spirit of two friends who support each other through good and bad, manages to touch the readers emotions without being overwhelming and is an all out treat to anyone who has ever been "dumped". Annabel's comeback from despair to total joy was a wonderful journey as along the way she discovered that some time's dreams do come true and making it happen is half the fun! Contemporary romance/chick lit fans get yourselves out and get a copy, you will be happy you did. [I have to disclose that this book was an e-arc copy submitted to me by the author via The Bookish Snob Promotions for an honest review and that there is no other compensation from her, the tour host or the publisher except my reading pleasure and enjoyment of the characters depicted in the story.]

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