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Speechless (Red Dress Ink (Numbered Paperback)) Paperback – Feb 2004

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Libby just wants to write the speeches that'll make the whole world sing, or at least ones that will get her boss to remember her name correctly and stop using Libby as her coat-rack at flashy events. But in Clarice Cleary's office there's only one belle of the ball, and it's the one reading the speeches - not writing them. Enter a handsome British consultant - a bit on the cagey side, perhaps - who upsets the delicate chain of command around the office and somehow always gets what he wants, including Libby? When a media leak of a big-time scandal sends everyone into a tailspin, Libby fears she may get caught in the cross fire. Cue the fake alliances, the secrets, the sex, the subterfuge, the hidden friendships: it's all there. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun effort (3 1/2 stars)... 8 Feb. 2004
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Speechless is a fun, quick novel centered on office politics. Libby McIssac, a six-foot tall giantess and aspiring author, realizes that her new government position as the Minister of Culture's speechwriter consists more of gopher work than of actually writing speeches. To make matters worse, she's caught her thirteenth wedding bouquet and her love life is in a state of paralysis. Will she be able to handle Margo, her archrival and nemesis at the office? Will she choose the adorable Tim over her arrogant, albeit gorgeous, British colleague? And will she ever write a book?
This isn't the best Red Dress Ink offering, but it does offer a good dose of wit and insight on office politics. I was able to relate to some of the situations. I, too, have encountered my fair share of Margos throughout my career. Collins and Rideout's takes on Canadian politics are very informative. I also like the setting (Toronto) and quirky characters. Libby, though irritating at times, has a sarcastic tone that made me laugh in various occasions. All in all, this is a nice, quick read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable Toronto-set Chick Lit novel 22 Feb. 2004
By "bognarregis" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading Speechless and found it a good Chick Lit novel. The thing I liked best was that it was set in Toronto, which is a great city for Chick Lit stories, I think. I was always waiting for Toronto to be selected as a story location, and that was one reason why I enjoyed last year's Chick Lit novel 'A Year of Samantha' by B.D. Gardner - as far as I can tell, that was the first Toronto-set Chick Lit novel, and 'A Year of Samantha' was very good (you can read my review of that book if you like).
Speechless has a lot going for it and I enjoyed most the bits where Libby comes to see that the corporate world higher-ups will always blame the lesserites when they can to look good themselves (there is an old adage about how a certain sunbstance always flows downhill). The mentioning of Canoe (great restaurant!) was also a neat touch for those of us who know Toronto and its 'in' places. There was a bit too much froth for me (going to all those weddings and always catching the bouquet I thought bordered on unrealistic). I like realistic chick lit, and Speechless had some great realistic bits, but not as much as I would have liked, hence 3 out of 5 stars. A good first effort.
I compared this to ultra-realistic 'A Year of Samantha' mainly due to the fact that both of the novels where set in Toronto. Other good chick lit books that I found ultra-realistic include 'The Devil Wears Prada' (probably the best Chick Lit book, in my opinion) and 'Maneater' (good in realism, but not as enjoyable a story as 'The Devil Wears Prada').
In short, Speechless is an enjoyable read, escecially for the Toronto-set. A good book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun and funny 19 April 2004
By Jennifer Rutherford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had a good time reading this one- Libby's work situation is hilarious and will make almost anyone's bad job look like a cakewalk in comparison! You have to give points for originality, and I enjoyed reading about the Canadian political system for a change.
The only thing I had a quibble with was the nice guy vs. bad guy dichotomy in this one. When the heroine is told multiple times to go for "the good guy" and she responds, "I know, I know," and then pursues the "bad guy", it kind of smacks of "Take your nice medicine, dearie, it's good for you, even if you're not all that interested." And it seems like Libby's interest in "the good guy" varies from time to time, depending on how much interest she or he is getting elsewhere and/or if he's taken. The fellow seems like a good guy with a personality, but I rather wish he'd been taken up a notch so that the reader is excited for her to be with him, rather than feeling like she'd just had a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
Way to go Libby!!! 18 Feb. 2004
By michelle michals - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Speechless....in fact I couldn't put it down. I immediately liked and related to Libby, the tall, bushy haired, bouquet catching heroine of the novel. Although the novel does have a good dose of romance the focus is more on the journey that Libby makes as a person. She lands what she thinks is her dream job as speechwriter to the minister of culture. In reality she ends up carrying the minister's handbag around just in case she needs a "touch up". But through hard work and determination Libby eventaully proves herself and finds her voice not only as a speechwriter but as a confident young woman. Written with humour and wit I felt by the end that Libby had become a friend. The only disappointment was that the book had to end. I hope to read about Libby in other adventures. For anyone looking for a good book to curl up with that's entertaining, humorous, and inspiring I would highly recommend this read.
Quite entertaining! 16 May 2011
By Book Lover from GA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Libby is 33 years old and has just had a job change. She's gone from being a bureaucrat in the Canadian Department of Education to being a speech writer for the Minister of the Department of Culture. Her only other claim to fame is the number of bouquets she's caught as weddings. She catches her 13th at the wedding of her friend Emma's wedding, where she meet's Tim.

While Libby's excited about her new job, things are going so well. Margo, the Minister's right hand woman doesn't like Lobby and sets about making her life difficult. Libby's parents and family are on Libby's case to settle down, but she's got nada on the romance front.

My favorite part of the book is Libby's menagerie of friends. They add much needed humor. It's also really easy to like Libby. Her one line zingers are pretty good. I do think the book could've been a little shorter if some of Margo's shenanigans had been left out. It's a good read.
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