Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane

A humorous tale of affection, rejection and the search for perfection.

Looking forward to a fresh start with the new year?

Honey, I'm with you, but I can't seem to leave my behind behind.
("Honey Notes" - a greeting card idea from Waverly Bryson )

I was so thrilled to receive a copy of this book from Maria herself and I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately the holidays and illnesses had other ideas and I couldn't spend all of my spare time reading. Well, it was worth the wait.

Waverly Bryson is newly single again. Her fiance left her at the altar, almost. Two weeks before their wedding he decided to call it off. "I don't think I love you anymore." Ouch. And he did it while she was trying on her wedding gown. Her "perfect" life came crashing down. After a year of social hibernation Waverly is trying to regain her footing in the dating world. Her supportive friends are trying to help but it never seems to work out right. It's one bad date after another. Her job in sports PR in San Francisco is not the career of her dreams. She has a new idea for her own line of greeting cards but could it work? Her family life is strained as well. The only time she hears from her father is when he needs money. Since he gave up his dream of being a baseball player to raise his only child after her mother died she can't escape the guilt. Or his open hand. To top it off, Aaron her ex, is getting married to a partner at his firm. And it's only been a year!

Chick lit fans will especially adore this book as I did. The characters were so interesting, I wanted to hang out with her friends and slap her dates. While Waverly is attempting to reorganize her life and accomplish her dreams she has to overcome her obstacles and fortunately all of this happens in a humorous way. When I laughed out loud I was hooked. And I am ready for the sequel!

Maria is a self published author. If you enjoyed her book and would like to read more of her great writing, spread the word! I think there are some publishers out there who will be very sorry they didn't get to her first. Let's make that happen sooner rather than later.

Thank you to Maria Murnane for a copy of this book.

Beer goggles are the lonely girl's Cupid.


  1. I won this in a contest and can't wait to get my copy. Thanks for the review.

  2. Kathy, I'm glad to see you won a copy. Wrighty, this review made me enjoy her book all over again. It was ao much fun. Terrific job, tootsie!

  3. I really liked this book too. I read and reviewed it for a book tour. Maria is a nice gal, isn't she?

  4. I want to read this one.... Great Review... Thank you!! Maria sounds awesome.

  5. Hi ladies, thank you all so much for the nice comments, and Wrighty, thanks for the great review! I really hope you are right and that the publishers will see an audience for my book. (And Kathy, I had my dad send you a signed copy. I hope you like it too!)

    Thanks again,

    Maria Murnane
    Author of "Perfect on Paper"


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