Review

Princess of Park Avenue

by Daniella Brodsky



Okay ladies, let's admit it. We've all had a guy in our lives who
we just couldn't get over even though he treated us in a less than
sterling manner. It might have been when you were younger or even
at an embarrassingly older age, but we've all done it. Oh yeah,
there might be a few of you out there who don't take any crap, but
the rest of us have been there in Lorraine Machuchi's shoes, so to
speak.

Now I'll have to say, it usually doesn't continue for the amount of
years that Lorraine has been hanging around waiting for Tommy to
crook his finger so she can go running, but hey, who are we to
judge?

Lorraine and Tommy are from Brooklyn, Bay Ridge to be exact, a
close-knit community where everyone knows everyone else and their
business. Family members know other family members and there are no
secrets. Such is the setting where we meet Lorraine.

But a girl can only take so much, and when the opportunity for a
new job in Manhattan presents itself, Lorraine takes the leap and
moves across the bridge to a new job and a new life. While her
heart is still in Brooklyn, changes are taking place in and around
Lorraine.

For instance, a free apartment in Manhattan makes it irresistible
for Lorraine to avoid the move from all that is familiar. The new
apartment, a rich, sexy neighbor named Matt, and a gargantuan but
lovable dog known as Pooh-Pooh take Lorraine out of herself and
force her to get involved in life around her.

While PRINCESS OF PARK AVENUE might be a story of unrequited love,
it's also a fish-out-of-water story. While life in Manhattan may be
strange to this Brooklyn-born girl, she digs down deep to find her
inner strength and rises to meet the challenges her new life
provides.

Lorraine might start out as a lowly shampoo girl in the swanky
salon, but she soon rises to fame thanks to her unique
hair-coloring skill, which draws the attention of an illustrious
group of socialites known as the Park Avenue Princesses.

While you might find yourself gritting your teeth and urging
Lorraine to get some gumption and stand up for herself, keep
reading. She finally manages to get back in touch with the girl she
used to be.

Daniella Brodsky, author and freelance magazine journalist, charms
us with her second novel, following the success of DIARY OF A
WORKING GIRL and her nonfiction work, THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO NEW YORK
NIGHTLIFE. PRINCESS OF PARK AVENUE is an entertaining and amusing
book that will remind any of us who have found ourselves lost in a
relationship with a man that the real "us" still exists and we only
have to look in order to find her.

Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 19, 2011

Princess of Park Avenue
by Daniella Brodsky

  • Publication Date: December 6, 2005
  • Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0425205371
  • ISBN-13: 9780425205372