Rum Punch Regrets: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Over just a few short weeks, thirty-something Abby George has endured the death of her mother, been dumped by her fiancé, and gotten laid off from her job.

Stunned and seeking a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her perfect older sister, Leigh. But instead of comfort, Abby receives a surprise: Leigh needs her in the Caribbean to help with some mysterious personal business.

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Overview

Over just a few short weeks, thirty-something Abby George has endured the death of her mother, been dumped by her fiancé, and gotten laid off from her job.

Stunned and seeking a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her perfect older sister, Leigh. But instead of comfort, Abby receives a surprise: Leigh needs her in the Caribbean to help with some mysterious personal business.

While assisting in the sale and repair of a bed and breakfast, Abby uncovers a few huge family secrets as she juggles an unexpected roommate, quirky locals, and nasty centipedes.

Abby’s world is further complicated when two potential suitors enter her life. Can she get beyond her own pyschodrama long enough to open her heart to someone new? Or will she neurotically make her romantic life worse?

Packing nothing but her suitcases and a sense of humor, Abby George travels down an unfamiliar road, but it’s all she can do to hang on for the ride . . .

Or will she wake up with Rum Punch Regrets?
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Editorial Reviews

Women's Fiction Author - Kyra Davis
"Humor, mystery, romance and a beautiful island paradise. Throw in a lovable and spirited protagonist and you have Rum Punch Regrets, the perfect summer read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497639270
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Abby George Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • File size: 673 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Kemp is the author of the Abby George Series and also the columnist behind “Anne in Progress,” which appears monthly in the Frederick News-Post, a newspaper in the DC-Metro area. She is also known for penning “The Ultimate Late Bloomer,” a fun, lighthearted blog that was designed to help guide—with Anne’s late-blooming help—others out there, like Anne, who are just starting to get “it” . . . at forty. 
 
The original and honest sense of humor implemented in her columns and blogs earned her a Bloggers Choice Nomination for Best Humor Blog in 2010.
 
Anne is available for book club discussions of either her novella or book (or both!) via Skype or telephone, or she will visit in person if she can. She welcomes any and all invitations to your events!
 
A portion of Anne’s book revenue is donated to Lupus LA.
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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    Abby was lost..or more accurately had lost...her fiance, her per

    Abby was lost..or more accurately had lost...her fiance, her perfect wedding and now, her job. Then her sister Leigh calls and insists she needs to fly to the Caribbean to get her secret house ready for sale. A house that Abby had never heard of and neither had Leigh's husband! That "house" turns out to be an Inn, well maybe more of a B & B. With guests, staff and a renter! The renter Ben, lives in the pool house. he's studying to be a veterinarian and none too happy when Abby ends up on an air mattress in his pool house! They both seem able to just rub each other the wrong way without trying. Nothing is turning out to be what it seems. Will the Inn ever get repaired enough to be sold? Will Abby find a good man? Will Leigh ever stop treating Abby like an irresponsible teenager? I won't tell. This is one sweet little drink of a book you will have to sip yourself..but don;t be surprised when it sneaks up on you with a punch!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    RD

    Ok so it seems to me like Breeze has Rainbow's speed but Pinkie's spirit and sense of humour. Am I right? Keep up the awesome work my friend! /)(\

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Regrets Part five by Rosebud

    "No?" Breeze said "You don't want to do any of those things that I just said?" She looked like she was about to cry. "Oh no I... um I do but I was thinking about something...." Luna said trying to prevent Breeze from crying. "Oh yay! I can't wait for our fisrt task tomorrow...." "And what is that?" Luna sid cautiously. "I can not tell you yet." She giggled. "Oh no." Luna muttered and rolled her eyes. "Well I guess we should get to bed now.... its getting dark" Luna said. "Where do we sleep...." she thinks for like five seconds. "Oh no we hve to make our 'beds' don't we." "Yeperoo" Breeze said. "No, no, no, no" Luna said. "Yes, yes, yes, yes" Breeze said pushing Luna deeper into the forest. "Fine" Luna said as she rolled her eyes. "Good! Now fist we look for leaves and fallen vines." She flew around and in five seconds got a pile of leaves. Luna had just picked up two leves. "Well i you wat a bed your gonna hae to do better than that." Breeze said playfully. "Like this?" Luna rooted up a whole bush and mutant, small, wild animals scrambled away. "Oops." Luna said. Breeze just giggled. "Ok get to pulling off the leaves." She said. "Ok." Luna said boredly. She pulled off two leaves at a time with her magic. Breeze just yanked leaves out of random places and layed them on the ground. After a while they had a big enough pile for both of them to sleep on. "Alright Luna grab your pile and I'll grab mine." Luna used her magic to take half of the pile. Breeze scooted the rest of the leaves toward her. "Ok now for blankets." Breeze said. She hopped up on the tree where Luna first saw her. She pulled down two animal pelts and flew them down to Luna. "Ok her they are!" She said cheerfully. "Wh- what?" She sid shocked. "Well what else do you expect we are in the middle of NO WHERE!" she snapped. "You know for a princess you sure do complain alot. Way more then the rest." Luna looked taken aback and was silent. "Well who else wouldnt be complaining if they were stuck in the middle of no where?!" She said angrily after a few minutes. She turned around on her 'bed' and pulled the covers up. "Good night!" She said angrily. "Oh and I know there is a way out of this place and I am gonna find it." Suddenly she got an idea. ((Hope you like it so far! There has been a new book added so it split up the first and second parts but we will continue as always, next part on next result.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Hard to like

    Characters not very likeable, ending left many plot lines unanswered-------I assume there will be sequels. Some descriptions and dialogue very well written.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    I wanted to like this book; unless I hit the lottery, it will pr

    I wanted to like this book; unless I hit the lottery, it will probably be the closest I get to St. Kitts.

    But I couldn't "hook into" Abby, the main character. To me, she felt self-pitying, self-indulgent, and a bit smug. Plus there was the problem that while it was ostensibly told from Abby's POV, it kept sliding into other people's heads, Example:

    "When she looked up at Ben, her eyes pleaded with him... This time, Abby's face read of her feelings, clear enough that Ben saw it, too. The sadness, the hurt.

    'Abby,' he began.

    The look she gave him made him stop."

    If we are in Abby's head, she can't describe her own eyes, she can't ASSUME what Ben sees, understands, or why he stops talking. The other characters, especially the island natives, felt like caricatures, not real people. There are some descriptions of interesting food and drink, and a different island lifestyle, but I really struggled to finish.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Anne Kemp does an amazing of automatically catching your attenti

    Anne Kemp does an amazing of automatically catching your attention with the opening of Abby, the main character, on a flight to the Caribbean to help her sister run La Cantina, a bed and breakfast. When she arrives to the island, she meets an array of characters: Ziggy, Maria, Ben, Cutty, and Tracey. During her stay at St. Kitts, she helps out with repairs, makes new friends, and even learns some shocking secrets along the way. I really enjoyed this novel; I wasn't too fond of how Abby's sister, Leigh, would treat her at times though! There were so many elements that I loved about this novel. For example, I loved Anne's description of St. Kitts; at times, I felt as if I was there. Aside from Abby, my favorite character was Cutty; he was hilarious and quite entertaining! Overall, this was a good read, and I can't wait until the sequel.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Rum Punch Regrets by Anne Kemp ISBN: 9781937957704 I wanted to

    Rum Punch Regrets by Anne Kemp
    ISBN: 9781937957704
    I wanted to read this book for a few reasons. One is my brother Al loved the island there on some of his travels for work. The other reason is I wanted to 'travel' there for the scenery.
    Abby has agreed to travel to St. Kitts and manage and sell her sisters house as she no longer has a job in LA.
    Problem is she's not telling her husband and Abby has a terrible 3 flights to get there. It's not actually a house once she arrives but an Inn where others pay to stay. She's to stay in the other house where there is a paying tenant also.
    Things just were not upfront with her sister Leigh about the house, nor anything else that is happening.
    Abby recalls her father and how he had given each of them a book-The Great Gatsby with an inscription for them. She knows where hers is located by why is Leigh's here mixed in with Ben's things. He is the resident studying to be a vet that is the paying tenant.
    She meets many local people and starts to hang out with some of them.
    Ah island time! Lots of alcohol and weed.
    Mishaps happen and things occur to put people on edge through the process of getting the inn ready to be sold, as clients stop by with interest in buying it.
    So many misunderstandings between a lot of people, they just don't want to listen to what is the truth.
    The woman, Maria who is in charge of the inn helps them to reason things out, not to get upset and to realize maybe there is no blame.
    Like how there are a few major characters and the locals come into the picture from time to time. It's easy to keep track of everybody and what they do on the islands.
    Just when things are smoothed out a bit all hell breaks loose, Leigh is coming to the island to finalize a deal and she informs Abby about Ben. But Ben and Abby were to confront Leigh on Monday, hmmm.
    So many deep dark secrets, hidden secrets and hidden loves...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    4.5 stars

    I absolutely adored Rum Punch Regrets. It made me wish I could run off and hang out in the Caribbean, just for a bit! I loved watching Abby stumble through the mystery adventure that her sister sent her on. I loved watching her make friends (some quite fun), find her passion, balance love interests, uncover deep hidden family secrets and ultimately find herself. When the novel ended, I found myself wanting more. So that is a sign of a great 4.5 star novel. I am excited to know that this is part of a series and the Abby George story will continue. I am a new fan of Kemp and I cannot wait to see where this story will take Abby and her crazy cast of friends and family!!!

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    This is a good story and I love the unexpected twists Did I en

    This is a good story and I love the unexpected twists Did I enjoy this
    book: I did enjoy Rum Punch Regrets. I read it every free chance I had.
    I thought it was a good story and I loved the twists that were
    unexpected. All of the characters were well-written. Abby was a bit
    childish in the beginning but watching her character develop and change
    throughout the story was fantastic. I wanted her to take charge of
    herself and stop letting her sister, Leigh, boss her around. I wanted
    her to find happiness and find the strength within her to do what needed
    to be done. I didn't really like Leigh. I thought she was too bossy and
    on her high horse with her "I know what's best for everyone"
    attitude. She was a great character but I didn't like her that much.
    There were times when I really felt for Ben and times that I really
    wanted to smack him. He and Abby were great together. Their early
    roommate relationship really set up the rest of the story. (I would
    explain more but I don't want to spoil anything!) The secondary
    characters were fantastic. Maria, Ziggy, Cutty, Tracey, and Buddy were
    great and provided enough fun, antics, and support for Abby and Ben.
    They didn't steal the show but they were necessary and great additions.
    I can't wait to find out what else lies in store for Abby George! Would
    I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a great chick lit
    read and it would be a great book to read at the beach or while wishing
    you were at the beach. Will I read it again: I probably will not unless
    there is another Abby George book that will be coming out...then I may
    read again to refresh the story.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    I enjoyed All Fruits Ripe, but it wasn't absolutely a necessary

    I enjoyed All Fruits Ripe, but it wasn't absolutely a necessary read for Rum Punch Regrets. The story held my interest and was an easy read. That being said, I moved onto reading Rum Punch Regrets immediately.

    The book started off where the prequel novella left off. Abby had no job, no boyfriend and no savings. Then her sister offered her the chance to go to the Caribbean to oversee some business for her. The premise here is sketchy and I wasn't sure I bought it. Never the less, I overlooked it and continued with the story and I am glad I did.

    Rum Punch Regrets starts out a little slow and unbelievable, but quickly picks up the island motto 'limin'. I soon became engrossed in all things Abby. She was a relate-able character and easy to read. The further I got into the story, the better it got.

    I loved the last third of this book immensely!! Boy did the author tie things together for a stunning cliffhanger! I sure hope there will be a sequel, because the romance was just getting good....

    If you enjoy chick-lit or romance stories with a unique twist, then Rum Punch Regrets is for you. It is on sale now!!!

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Excellent read

    Has an island flavor stronger than any jerk turkey you can find. Perfect summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

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