If you like Crusie try Criswell
“Damn, but it was hard to hate a man whose taste in chocolate was this good!” Mad About Mia by Millie Criswell
<This upon finding a two pound box of chocolates in her underwear drawer.>
"Everyone knew happiness pounds were the hardest to lose." Mad About Mia by Millie Criswell
<On the surface that would seem to resonate truth but I’m not sure I believe it. I think pounds are hard to lose no matter what put them on and the problem is physical in nature, not emotional.>
I found this author on a list - if you like Jennifer Crusie try: Millie Criswell. It would have been cruel to expect Crusie level genius and I didn’t expect or find it.
I did find some commonalities, though;
Quirky characters that I loved - “Dad will be the one in sequins. He’s a cross-dresser…” Mad About Mia by Millie Criswell
Snarky dialogue - “Mia stared meaningfully at the woman’s low-cut dress and exposed cleavage. “And how do I know that your boobs are real? I bet you have enough silicone in there to float a ship.” Mad About Mia by Millie Criswell
I hate romance novels and even other novels with a side of romance, where the two eventual lovebirds spend very little time together. Crusie doesn’t do that. Her lovers always have lots of face time. So do Criswells.
Criswell does one thing that Crusie hates and rarely does - deceit. One lover is deceiving the other in some way and there is the big reveal / betrayal.
All in all Mad About Mia was a light, enjoyable read. It appears to be the last in a 4 book series about a group of friends. The other books are - What To Do About Annie, The Trouble With Mary, The Trials of Angela.
Criswell has written 26 romance novels. She’s won many awards. I didn’t find anything after 2006 or any mention of why she hasn’t written anything since then.
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne
Knowing that Millie Criswell has a whole backlog of books just waiting for me to read 'em, I'm experiencing one of those moments, y’all. And maybe I'll eat some honey, too.