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Testing Kate (Little Black Dress) [Paperback]

Whitney Gaskell
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3 May 2007 Little Black Dress

Kate Bennett has done what thousands would love to do: jacked in her job, put her nice, safe relationship on hold, and upped sticks to move to the other side of the country, all in order to find the life she thinks she's meant to live.

And life as a college student in New Orleans should be easy, right? Wrong. Before long Kate's had her life turned upside down by a sadistic professor, a more-than-eccentric new boss, and not one, but two men who are convinced she's The One...



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755341090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755341092
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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St Elmo's Fire meets Ally McBeal in this charming and engrossing romance set in New Orleans

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Whitney Gaskell grew up in Syracuse, New York. A graduate of Tulane Law School, she worked for several years as a reluctant lawyer before ditching it all to become a writer. She has published four novels, and lives with her husband and son Florida.


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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 7 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
kate has bad luck and when she decides to turn her life upside down and return to university it seems to follow her there. she decides to go back to law school at the legedary tulane law school in new orleans. s good story bout realising one's true path and making yourself happy, but also taking risks is a bit part of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gaskell is always a must read 2 Jan 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kate Bennett chucks her staid fiance Graham and heads to Tulane University Law School in the Big Easy. She doesn't really want to be a lawyer, but strives for the security she's sure a law degree will provide. Bad luck on the way down causes her to miss orientation, which in turn makes her unprepared for her first day of Criminal Law with the obnoxious and egomaniacal Professor Hoffman. He singles her out and proceeds to make her first year at Tulane grueling.

She finds solace with her study group which includes her sexy neighbor Nick. An attraction between them is instant, but she doesn't want to get involved so soon after breaking up with Graham. When Graham returns to the picture and proposes, Kate has to decide between playing it safe and going for her dreams. Along the way, she meets eccentric author Armstrong who provides additional enlightenment and comic relief.

Gaskell's fourth novel is another great character study of a woman on the verge of 30 in search of her own destiny. Secondary stories such as hook ups among the study group and an attempted suicide give added depth, though the character of Nick could have been more fleshed out. Gaskell has a keen eye for witty dialogue, which moves her stories along, making the reader feel like more than an observer.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An A+ 7 Dec 2006
By L. Conlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved this fourth book by Whitney Gaskell. It offers up more of the fun, relatable characters and clever dialogue of her previous books. Kate Bennett is a first year law student who must face the realization that playing it safe isn't always playing it best. Though a law career and a long time boyfriend may offer Kate the security she craves, she soon discovers true happiness likely lies elsewhere. With the help of her new friends--especially handsome, sweet Nick--and her hysterically quirky boss, Kate finds the courage to leap from safety to her real dreams. Taking place at Tulane Law School, Testing Kate is sprinkled with fun pre-Katrina New Orleans flair. This is another must read from Whitney Gaskell.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 30 Nov 2006
By Little D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't all cheesy and all fluff like some chick lit can be. This bordered more on a fiction than a romance. I liked how realistic it was and how the main character, Kate Bennett, handled her situation.

I've read this authors previous books and have liked most of them. I look forward to reading more tfrom this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing coming of age tale 5 Nov 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When she was attending college, Kate Bennett became an orphan. To survive her grief, she accepts a job and a boyfriend, neither of which truly turn her on. A few years later as she nears thirty, Kate decides it is time to take a three meter dive into life. She quits her job, ends her relationship with nice Graham, and treks from Ithaca, New York to attend law school at Tulane University. On the travel south, she has a problem that makes her miss orientation and is totally unprepared for martinet Professor Hoffman's criminal law class, who tears into her shaky psyche.

Kate joins a study group consisting of beautiful brilliant Lexi; kind hearted Jen; inane Addison; teen Dana; and hunk Nick. However Hoffman continues to terrorize her making her first semester more difficult than necessary. The nasty Prof also gets his brand of ugliness aimed at her and her friends with a second semester class. Meanwhile as Kate copes with Professor maliciousness and finds Nick attractive, she tries to help her friends like Dana who attempts suicide and Jen whose secret keeps her from sharing how much she loves Addison.

TESTING KATE is an intriguing coming of age tale starring a young woman trying to finally finding herself at law school. Kate and her group are fine characters struggling at law school and with life as the audience will want to know what happens to them. Though Hoffman is a caricature of the ugly professor as he is too extreme even for a despotic professor, readers will enjoy the inevitable confrontation between him and Kate in this fine pre-Katrina contemporary.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Expresses the First Year of Law School Well 21 July 2007
By Kirstaine A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It put me back in the Con Law class wondering what the hell Marbury v. Madison was about and why I should care other than it was bound to be testable. For folks thinking of law school, this is a good introduction and breezy fun. I don't know if people not interested in law school will get all the way through it.
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