May 18, 2010
Lively young socialite Nancy Carrington-Chambers has always believed an excellent sense of style and strict attention to detail are what it takes to succeed, but her own husband Todd is showing symptoms of incurable tackiness, so Nancy flees their McMansion for her posh San Francisco apartment. She knows her event planning company, Froth, is a real winner, but she must prove herself by reinventing the turgid Barbary Coast Historical Museum fundraiser. Luckily, Nancy now has the perfect assistant. Derek Cathcart is British, impeccably dressed, gorgeous, and clearly gay—so why does Nancy find him so attractive?
Have you ever read about a character that's so delusional and crackalicious (okay, maybe that's not so much a word but you know what I mean!) that right from the get-go, she (or he) easily becomes your favorite? Well, that's Nancy to me! I rolled my eyes and snickered so much at some of the stuff this woman said that I honestly just became to loved her. She's so damn shallow and thinks everything in life can be fixed as long as you're wearing the right clothes and know the right people. And while yes, I was highly annoyed at how damn shallow she was, there's something about her that just draws people in.
Before Nancy can unravel her feelings, her irresponsible cousin Birdie abandons her little daughter with Nancy and takes off. Nancy, Derek, and Eugenia make an unlikely “family,” but strangely it seems incredibly right. Now Nancy’s parents are pressuring her to return to Todd, and she still has to pull off a spectacular party. For someone who’s always known exactly where she’s going, Nancy is in dangerously uncharted waters.
Irresistibly funny and romantic, Nancy’s Theory of Style shows that happiness and love—just like fashion—aren’t about playing it safe.
But Nancy's life isn't perfect - the marriage is falling apart, her career is pretty much non-existent and well, her family doesn't support much.. Or at all. She finally says enough and leaves her husband and moves into an apartment to focus on getting her event planning business started. And we all know to have a successful business, you need an assistant! So Nancy hires a gay British guy named Derek and from the start, they just clicked. But things might not as they appeared and Nancy will come to found out there's more to life than fashion.
Nancy's Theory of Style is a laugh-out-loud story! I seriously laughed a lot at Nancy's antics but it's not all fun and games, Nancy finds herself and also learns some pretty hard life lessons. Coppersmith's writing is highly engaging and fresh and I had a blast reading this book!
Lush Rating: 4!