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The Chick Palace

The Chick Palace

3.5 173
by Leslie Davis Guccione
Three dilemmas. Two friends. One abandoned treehouse.

Johanna Lawrence and Lilly Covington have a friendship that spans decades. From their days as college roommates to the years as lakeside neighbors, they've offered each other sympathy, support, and solace for life's rough edges. As they find themselves together for another summer and a new set of


Three dilemmas. Two friends. One abandoned treehouse.

Johanna Lawrence and Lilly Covington have a friendship that spans decades. From their days as college roommates to the years as lakeside neighbors, they've offered each other sympathy, support, and solace for life's rough edges. As they find themselves together for another summer and a new set of crossroads in their lives—Johanna having lost her mother, Lilly an empty-nester on her second divorce from the same man—they commandeer their sons' long-abandoned treehouse for morning coffee, evening margaritas, and soulful contemplation.
All hope of a restful summer is shattered when Johanna's first love, the bad boy she dated years ago in a fit of teenage rebellion, reappears in her life. Quicker than he can dub the treehouse "The Chick Palace," he embroils Johanna and Lilly in a triangle and proves himself as adept at stealing hearts and turning summers upside down as he was years ago.

With her trademark heart, humor, and sass, Leslie Davis Guccione sets up a lakeside romp fueled by friendship, family, and one old flame ready and willing to once again test the waters.

Editorial Reviews

Victoria Thompson
Leslie Davis Guccione gives us a delightful summer get-away and charming companions to share it with. You’ll enjoy every moment as long-time friends Lilly and Johanna deal with an old boyfriend, a new girlfriend, an ex-husband, troublesome children, and the ghosts of lost parents as they choose which fork to take on their journey through the second half of their lives.
Adina Senft
New romance, empty nests, love, secrets, betrayal and forgiveness ... The Chick Palace has it all, along with healthy dollops of humor and wisdom, all drenched in the sunshine of memory. I loved this book.
Carla Neggers
THE CHICK PALACE sparkles! Leslie Davis Guccione writes with wit, humor and heart.

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Meet the Author

With the simultaneous sales of a YA and adult romantic suspense novel, Leslie Davis Guccione left public relations and fundraising copywriting to concentrate on fiction. To date she has published thirty-one novels for adult, middle grade and teen readers, as well as articles on the craft of writing. Her books have garnered awards, starred reviews and genre fiction best seller status.

Her work for adults began with two Avon romantic suspense titles. She moved to Harlequin/Silhouette where every title for the Desire line topped B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and other bookstore bestseller lists. Two were featured as “Man of the Month” lead titles and her single titleBittersweet Harvest evolved into the six-book Branigan Brothers series. She was Harlequin/Silhouette’s “Author of the Month” during the release of  Borrowed Baby for the Yours Truly line.

Her work has been translated into eight languages. She has been a finalist and judge for the RWA RITA awards. As Kate Chester she created and wrote the six book HEAR NO EVIL series for Scholastic. Six books for teen readers feature deaf protagonists; TELL ME HOW THE WIND SOUNDS has been optioned for television. Her works for young readers have been book club and readers’ choice selections as well as classroom required reading. Two titles have been featured in Hornbook Magazine’s “Musings” column.

In 2000 she took a break from fiction to teach, write articles on the craft and establish WORDS @ WORK, her manuscript review service. She is currently mentor and adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill University’s masters program: Writing Popular Fiction. Professional memberships have included The Authors Guild, Romance Writes of America (RWA) and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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The Chick Palace 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about 2 women who've been friends since college. It's so real and so funny. Johanna is old money, and Lily is Southern from the wrong side of the tracks, transformed by a college education and successful career. Both friends deal with midlife dramas. Johnna tries to cope with the passing of her mother. Now SHE'S the matriarch of her family at 55. How can that be? Lily's faced, literarlly, with her ex-husband's successful and famous new girlfirend when they're forced to share their summer lake house on alternate weekends. Johanna's summer place is next door. They help each other through these family dramas in their kids' old treehouse with the aid of marguiritas. THEN, Johanna's first boyfriend shows up, and it's quite a threesome. Great read!
laura24 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it- a lot and will read more from this talented writer.
Eager_reader27 More than 1 year ago
I could practically taste those margaritas in the Chick Palace. I could see the canoe on the lake, hear the crunch of the gravel as an old flame pulls up the driveway beside the lake house. I could feel the angst of a lost parent and an empty nest. A story about lasting friendship and making one's way through the chapters of life. A must-read.
monicaspence More than 1 year ago
There are very few books about women "of a certain age". We need more books like "The Chick Palace"-- after all we middle agers are taking over the world. We want to read about what our contemporaries are going through, in order to reassure ourselves that we are not alone. I highly recommend this book for its warmth, wit and wisdom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rollicking good humor, lines that make you smile in total agreement, times you want to weep-all qualities that go into making this one terrific book. The pitch-perfect details put you right in Lake Allamuchy, and the characters make you want to linger awhile. Loved this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, u r taken away by the great setting discription and how well you know the characters. Their silly escapades and dealing with life issues is the entertainment one is looking for that makes reading a joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is boooorrrrriinnggg. I bought it a month ago and jumped right in and after forcing myself to crawl through half of it, I haven't finished it and probably won't. I simply don't care about the characters -- not about what's happening where I currently am in the book nor about what will be happening to them in the future. Lesson Learned: take advantage of the "Read a Sample" functionality before actually buying a book.
MissDebbie More than 1 year ago
I have no idea for what age group this book was intended, but I'm no spring chicken, and I loved it. It is a great story that flows without a hitch to the perfect ending. I liked the characters so much I didn't want the book to end. There was no wanton sex, no extremely vulgar language, and no violence. Unlike many other books I've read lately, there was not a large number of grammatical errors to distract from the story. This is the perfect book to hunker down with on a cold day or to take to the beach. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me awile to catch onto the auther's writing style. I was hooked after the first two chapters! Guess I've gotten too used to those fun but not very well executed romance novels I enjoy anyway. This book is about best friends for years and what they have learned through life experience, who they were then and who they are now. Did not want this story to end...!!!
charlieinduluth More than 1 year ago
You had to adjust your reading to who the character was that was telling the story, so there was a little disconnect occasionally, but the plot was interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good beach read keeps your interest with very little thought involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read and thoroughly enjoyable. It tells the tale of 2 friends at the crossroads in their lives and how they find the happiness they are looking for. Definitely a book to read on the beach or just because you enjoy celebrating the friendship of two women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story. I related to the characters to a degree....the author has a descriptive style of writing that will pull you in. That being said...there needs to be some kind of editing done before publishing! All the underlining was distracting and annoying. I almost put the book down because of it. However, I stuck with it in the hopes that one of the characters would stand up to her ex. Or...ex ex.
LSHilton More than 1 year ago
Like the Preppy Handbook, The Chick Palace speaks to a generation – or two – of women who have reached a certain stage in life and could use some guidance. But what Guccione offers is not so much guidance as consolation that we all hit these seminal events in our own ways, and the awareness that mostly what we need is the warmth of a solid female friendship as we rethink and reassess our lives. Ever since we discovered that we were all getting underpaid, that no one really wanted to change diapers, and that it was ok to have sex for fun, our collective knowledge has brought us back to center every time. Ms. Guccione uses her delightful storytelling to reaffirm this aspect of feminine bonding. And what a fun read! Ms. Guccione has such a smooth style and such an ear for dialogue that you will find yourself effortlessly floating along with the story. I laughed out loud at Lilly and her wickedly funny retorts to the man she has twice married and divorced; I teared up with Johanna as she sees herself suddenly as The One in Charge – the Mother Superior of her birth family – and wonders how she matches up with her own mother. And the appearance of Dean Delaney, the boy who broke Johanna’s heart in the summer before college, adds a twist that makes you just want to keep on reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself rereading the pages a lot because i lost interest half way through. Not a good read to me at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great girlfriend read! Truly is on mark when at a certain age you feel you need that little affirmation that you are still that young carefree person. I truly enjoyed the chick palace!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! Would love to read more by this author.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Hate to pan anybody's work because I know how much effort goes into each book's creation... But, this book was a total loss as far as I was concerned... It was not real in the world I live in... Middle aged women trying to relive their youth and putting too much emphasis on the past... In my world I live today and hope for tomorrow... I have no desire to relive past mistakes or wonder what might have been... The past is just that - the past... Could not wrap my arms around this one... I finished it but I didn't enjoy it...
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