Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Whole Package by Cynthia Ellingsen + Giveaway

Money problems? Love life in the dumps? Just lost your job? Then sit back and relax with Jackie, Cheryl and Doris in The Whole Package. These three fantastic ladies know exactly how you feel, but these are not just any three ladies, no. These three are best friends who are not about to let life kick them to the curb, they  are going to show  the world how women roar!

Jackie was the beautiful and popular high school cheerleader who married a man she loved who happened to have tons of money. But after her husband Robert dies, she took off to Paris to restart her art career. When Robert’s best friend, George, sends word to her letting her know the money is gone she hightails it back to the arms of her best friends.

Cheryl is a high powered career women playing hardball in a male dominated profession. At the top of her game, until the game knocked her out—literally. After an accident at the racket ball club, her boss walks off with her blackberry and all the juicy secrets she has kept filed away on it. When she shows up to work a few days later she got her walking papers.

High school sweethearts Doug and Doris married when Doris found out she was pregnant, letting go of all her youthful dreams. Only Doris finds herself married to a man who needs to ‘find himself’ and raising an ungrateful teenage daughter. Instead of finding what would make her happy she reached for the chocolates.

When these three get together, they decide no longer to play by the men’s rules but to make their own! While enjoying drinks and male dancers they come up with a plan to open a restaurant serving great food and sexy eye candy!

The first few chapters sets the story up. Once the friends get together the story starts moving right along. I enjoyed the dynamics of their friendship and like all friendships they have their ups and downs. Personalities come out and those hidden thoughts kept buried deep are exposed. I very much enjoyed the book. The biggest drawback for me was really silly things like getting the whole restaurant opened so quickly, the focus more on the theme than the food…little things like that. My personal thoughts about a restaurant with scantily clothed men didn’t seem like a great idea to me, but I will admit I loved how it all ended! This is a fantastic testament to the resilience of friendship. A definite recommend! 

Get to know more about Cynthia Ellingsen by visiting her website:

I’m very excited to offer someone a chance to win a copy! That’s right I have one copy of The Whole Package to giveaway to one lucky follower! All you need to do is be A Novel Review follower and post a comment below with your email address. The giveaway closes October 5th at midnight EST and is for US/Canada residents. The winner will be picked by and the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email with their address. Good luck!!!


  1. I would love to read this! Thank! I'm a follower.


  2. Ooh, love finding new authors! Sounds great! Either way, I will be sure to read it!

  3. I would LOVE to be able to read this, thank you for the chance to win a copy. (at) gmail

  4. Sounds like a great read!

  5. The minute I found out about this book I put it on my goodreads list. This sounds so good! I very much enjoy reading about close women friends and how they help each other out when times are tough. Great giveaway and thank you!

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  6. Would love to win this
    I follow on GFC
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  7. Would love to win a copy....I love finding new authors. Thanks for the contest!

  8. I love reading books about girlfriends who are there for each other. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    I am a GFC follower.


  9. Hello I love to have a copy... im prew from ;)

  10. I would love to win a copy. I also posted on my blog.

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  11. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
    GFC Darlene

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  13. Sounds like a great story...thanks for the chance to win!

  14. This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been notified and has 48 hours to respond.

    Thanks to everyone who participated!