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The Devil in the Junior League
Linda Francis Lee
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Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware ("Frede" to her friends) is a 28-year-old extremely moneyed member of the "tr?s exclusive" Junior League of Willow Creek, Tex., and lives her life according to unwritten club rules about fashion and etiquette. So when her husband, Gordon, has an affair, steals her family money and flees the country, Frede wants to keep the disaster quiet to maintain her elite status. The only person in town she can turn to is her tactless neighbor, Howard Grout, who agrees to be her lawyer if Frede gets his wife, Nikki, who is far from a charming Southern belle, into the Junior League. As Frede sands down Nikki's gaudy edges, she learns a few simple lessons about life (paramount among them is that money doesn't buy love and happiness). Howard, meanwhile, proves to be a formidable attorney and follows Gordon's money trail all the way to a satisfyingly vengeful ending. Lee (Simply Sexy; Sinfully Sexy), a former debutante, certainly knows her material, though it's hard to muster much sympathy for an airy narrator who lives and dies by the shallow strictures of Texas society, maddeningly refers to herself as "moi" and prefers to spell, but not say, m-o-n-e-y. 100,000 announced first printing. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Junior Leaguer Fredericka "Frede" Ware's perfect husband steals her money and hightails it out of Willow Creek, TX, with his mistress, she is desperate to keep up appearances and not let anyone in her circle know. She feels she has no choice but to hire her neighbor-the gaudy but ruthless lawyer Howard Grout-to find her wayward hubby and get her money back. He agrees, but there's a catch: Frede must get Howard's unrefined wife, Nikki, into the Junior League! Frede agrees to play Henry Higgins to Nikki's Eliza Doolittle but has her work cut out for her. Nikki curses, favors tight clothes and stiletto heels, doesn't like beige, and wears diamonds before 6 p.m., among many other high-societal infractions. Despite Frede's haughtiness, she is an endearing character who is just a product of her environment, as is the genuine and likable Nikki. Readers who enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews's Savannah Breeze will also enjoy this hilarious tale of another bilked woman who will do whatever it takes to recover what is rightfully hers. Movie rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 Pictures for a 2008 release. Recommended for all public libraries.-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand "Frede" Ware
Female
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Able to put together stunning ensembles for any event; husband stole her money and left her for another woman; member of the Junior League.

Nikki Grout
Female
Came from a poor family; ditched in high school by Frede; wants to be a member of the Junior League.



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