Monday, December 7, 2009

Discovering Themselves Through the Past

They're three girlfriends with messed-up love lives on a road trip back to the town - and the old boyfriends - they left behind.

MJ is the gorgeous ex-prom queen who became a trophy wife. Her older husband died in the bed of...well, let's just say he died in a compromising position. Bitsey is an overweight housewife struggling to answer that eternal question: Is this really all there is? Cat is an elegant divorcee. Her life seems perfect but she can't forget the memories of her sordid past.
They're three very different women but they all agree on one thing: the men in their lives today don't hold a candle to the boys of their past. Whatever happened to those old boyfriends...?

Title: Old Boyfriends
Author: Rexanne Becnel
Start & Finished: 5/23/09- 5/25/09
Published: 2005
Publisher: The Next Novel (Harlequin)
Pages: 298
Genre: Women’s Fiction- Southern Girls/ Romance

“Make way for the Trophy Wife, Trailer Trash, Debutante Express! Look out world, ‘cause here we come!” Exclaimed the character M.J. (Mary Jo) in Rexanne Becnel’s book Old Boyfriends. Mainly a historical romance author, this “'girlfriend book” “marks the beginning of a new direction” in her writing.

This story is told from multiple points of view which I generally find extremely confusing in a book but once I got past the fourth chapter, there was no mistaking these Southern ladies from one another. They are quirky, funny, and friends that I wish I had myself! M.J. with her battles with her deceased husband’s step-children and Cat with her unique perspectives were two of the best characters though they were all great.

Old Boyfriends was exactly what I needed. I was laughing from the very first page and the laughs kept coming throughout the entire book. Though I had never even heard of this author before I picked up the book, if the rest of her stories are anything like this then I will have to find more by her soon. I wish she would write a sequel to this one too. All these women have problems in their life and by facing their past they make their future that much better.

First Paragraph: My friend M.J.'s husband died on Friday, lying on the table during a theraputic massage. A massive heartattack, that's how the newspaper reported it. That's only because his son and the PR firm from their resturaunt chain made sure that's what they reported.

The author’s complete bibliography is on Fantastic Fiction.
About Rexanne Becnel


  1. I haven't heard of this author either and the cover says USA Today best selling author. Where have we been? I love books told from multiple viewpoints and books about women's relationships, so this one sounds right up my alley.

  2. I think she's stopped writing but I'm not sure.

  3. I sometimes find the multiple points of view confusing too. But as I read more of them, it's growing on me.

    I love the first paragraph. Really starts with a bang.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. That it does! Turns out that masseuse was a transvestite and it just gets funnier from there!

  5. Sounds like a fun book that could make a good movie if done right. I bet Tina Fey would do a good job with it.



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