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Gwen was the brown eyed sister, between two blonde, blue eyed beauties. Her father called her his 'beauty', and she later learned 'the rose between the thorns'.

Gwen is a widow and wears her mourning on her sleeve. Margot, her sister is newly divorced from a husband who' s in jail for fraud. Charles, the husband, a gynecologist, was an Infertility Speialist, and on several occasions he provided the fertility in a vigorous fashion. When one of his 'patients' became pregnant with his child, well,all He** broke lose. In the settlement, Margo bought a penthouse apartment , and lost the rest of her monies to a Madoff-like venture. She needs financial assistance, and Gwen moves in, paying her way. They have an interesting but dull life, neither has a job, but they muddle on. One day, a young Gay man, enters their existence. He rents the small room in the penthouse, and provides laughs and fun times.

As this novel moves along, the on-line dating world is discussed. Gwen opens a friends-only sort of dating site. Margo has a blog and meets a man. Charles, Margo's husband leaves jail and moves into a small apartment in their building. Margo and Charles attempt to revive their relationship, Gwen finds a companion, and their world starts to turn. Anthony is still looking for his man.

This novel was a disappointment in some ways. There is a storyline that is quite inventive, but it doesn't really move me. Margo and Gwen felt like they were stuck in the 80's, not the 50 year olds, I know. Anthony is a true soul, and the life of the novel, but his story does not go very far. I guess I expected more.

Recommended. prisrob 04-24-13
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 December 2014
I've loved every book by Elinor Lipman ever since The Inn at Lake Devine, back in the day. And this is no exception. As always, it's generously sprinkled with Ms Lipman's sharp wit, warm-hearted humour and wisdom. The plot is delicious.

Narrator Gwen-Laura has recently been widowed (well, actually her husband died two years ago - but to her it's recent) and she's been invited to live with older sister Margot at her retro-stylish New York penthouse. Margot is, in fact, broke. Having received a substantial alimony payment from her ex-husband (currently residing in jail for a crime that's a bit too complicated to go into), she invested - and lost - the whole lot in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The two sisters are struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps they should take in another flat-mate to share the costs? Enter young Anthony, gay, funny, kind - and online-dating-savvy. Not only does he guide Gwen and Margo around Craigslist in an effort to improve their romantic status, but he also makes fabulous cupcakes....

Read it, you'll love it.
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