Sunday, October 21, 2018

Book Review: Aphrodite's Closet by Suzy Turner

Aphrodite’s Closet

by Suzy Turner

Amazon US / UK / CA / AU

Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any old corner shop—it’s a corner shop that needs something unique, something the town of Frambleberry has never seen before.

Influenced by her confident best friend, Coco, Agatha is soon convinced that there’s only one way to go: an adults-only sex shop.

While some of the townspeople are clutching their pearls in horror, others are open to the new experiences this shop offers. But not everyone in Frambleberry is convinced. Will the women soldier on in the face of violent threats or will their fears get the best of them—and their new venture—before it even gets off the ground?

My Rating: 

Favorite Quotes:

Honey, Amelia is the town gossip. You know that. She knows you’re going to fart before you do.

It is a thought, babe, but I can’t work full-time… I’ve got my weekly appointments to go to. I can’t possibly miss having my hair done, and my mani-pedis. Are you insane? It takes effort to look this good you know…

“Remember little Tommy? Little shit cornered me in the changing rooms, had a feel of my boobs when I was eleven and then told everyone I’d snogged him and felt his willy. And then a few years later he had the cheek to try again. Do you remember, I whacked him in the nuts?” Aggie nodded, “Did you know he’s now a surgeon?” With her eyes wide, Christie snorted. “A surgeon? What kind?” “Plastic,” Aggie laughed. “Wow, still likes playing with women’s boobs then.”

My Review:

Aphrodite’s Closet was a delightful and cleverly amusing read that kept a smile on my face while reading.  After losing her job and inheriting an empty retail property, Agatha Troat, an uptight nebbish book nerd, with her feisty sparkplug of a friend named Coco, joined forces to establish a lingerie and adult toy shop as, well, everyone knows the saying - sex sells!  I adored these fun characters.  Agatha attending her first buying trip to an erotic fair with a red face and large hat, but quickly grew into her confidence, and a makeover, new hairstyle, and a Wonderbra significantly helped things along.  But her mother was appalled, so were the ladies who lunch as well as a much scarier faction of the community who quickly began to make their disapproval known.  Humorous touches and quirkily endearing characters filled this genre-crossing tale of chick-lit, cozy mystery, and contemporary romance.  

Empress DJ

Author Bio

Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, their two crazy dogs, and three cats.

Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full-time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, We Stand Against Evil (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless,  And Then There Was You, Stormy Summer and her latest, Aphrodite’s Closet.

In 2015 she launched her popular 40+ lifestyle blog which continues to go from strength to strength, while just over a year later, she trained to become a yoga instructor. Suzy continues to write, blog and teach yoga in one of Portugal’s loveliest settings - the Algarve.

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