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"Delicious in so many ways, you'll find this one hard to put down." "-"Laura Dave, Author of" The Divorce Party "and "London is the Best City in America" Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it's just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous tr "Delicious in so many ways, you'll find this one hard to put down." "-"Laura Dave, Author of" The Divorce Party "and "London is the Best City in America" Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it's just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous trips, sexy lingerie, and a to-die-for wardrobe-and leaving Alice with lots of debt. As a dashing fraud investigator helps her unravel the intriguing paper trail, Alice discovers that the thief is closer to home than she ever imagined. What's more, it seems like her alter ego's reckless, extravagant lifestyle is the one Alice should have been leading all along. As the little white lies begin to stack up, how far will Alice go to find the truth? "And whose life, exactly, is she fighting for?" "refreshing, fun, and sexy...a perfect beach read." "-Closer"


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"Delicious in so many ways, you'll find this one hard to put down." "-"Laura Dave, Author of" The Divorce Party "and "London is the Best City in America" Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it's just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous tr "Delicious in so many ways, you'll find this one hard to put down." "-"Laura Dave, Author of" The Divorce Party "and "London is the Best City in America" Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it's just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous trips, sexy lingerie, and a to-die-for wardrobe-and leaving Alice with lots of debt. As a dashing fraud investigator helps her unravel the intriguing paper trail, Alice discovers that the thief is closer to home than she ever imagined. What's more, it seems like her alter ego's reckless, extravagant lifestyle is the one Alice should have been leading all along. As the little white lies begin to stack up, how far will Alice go to find the truth? "And whose life, exactly, is she fighting for?" "refreshing, fun, and sexy...a perfect beach read." "-Closer"

30 review for The Liberation of Alice Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annalynn

    This was an interesting novel, but the whole plot seemed eerily similar to the "Friends" episode where Monica Gellar finds out that someone has stolen her identity. In that episode, Monica studies the credit card transactions, and goes to the gym where Faux Monica is taking tap classes, the art studio where Faux Monica is taking an art class, and the stores and restaurants where Faux Monica is charging away. The real Monica can't help but realize that Faux Monica is living the life Real Monica s This was an interesting novel, but the whole plot seemed eerily similar to the "Friends" episode where Monica Gellar finds out that someone has stolen her identity. In that episode, Monica studies the credit card transactions, and goes to the gym where Faux Monica is taking tap classes, the art studio where Faux Monica is taking an art class, and the stores and restaurants where Faux Monica is charging away. The real Monica can't help but realize that Faux Monica is living the life Real Monica should be living, and if all of this sounds just like the plot of "The Liberation of Alice Love," well, that's because it is. On top of the plot similarities, the character of Alice behaves in ways that just don't make sense - especially for a lawyer. She even commits crimes in her investigation of Faux Alice, some of which were 100% unbelievable (breaking and entering, assault). As a lawyer myself, I also find it rather difficult to believe that she was the back-up receptionist for a talent agency, and that she would have to fight her way to become an agent. Working as in-house counsel for a business is a pretty big deal, and this would be a position of huge prestige - not a job that would be a stepping stone to becoming a talent agent. Unless things are that much different in Britain, but it was often hard for me to even remember I was reading a British book - it seemed very American in nature.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    One star for idea, 0 (that's zero) for execution. That's all I'm willing to give. I feel cheated by this book. I devoted a lot of time to its 343 pages and didn't get anything in return. It was a freebie on my Nook so what did I expect? Liberation actually gets off to a good start. Mousy, reliable Alice Love is a lawyer working for a talent agency. She is ignored, humiliated, and taken advantage of. And that's just at her job. She has little private life to speak of. Then Alice's identity and he One star for idea, 0 (that's zero) for execution. That's all I'm willing to give. I feel cheated by this book. I devoted a lot of time to its 343 pages and didn't get anything in return. It was a freebie on my Nook so what did I expect? Liberation actually gets off to a good start. Mousy, reliable Alice Love is a lawyer working for a talent agency. She is ignored, humiliated, and taken advantage of. And that's just at her job. She has little private life to speak of. Then Alice's identity and her life's savings are stolen by someone she would never have suspected. Alice becomes obsessed with locating her "friend." As she traces her steps, she finds herself longing to live the extravagant life that this woman is living. (The Goodreads description is better than the book itself.) So here's the first of my many complaints. There are several scenes in here that are virtually lifted right out of "When Harry Met Sally," "Dirty Dancing," Bridget Jones's Diary," "and "The Devil Wears Prada." I could literally see the scenes from these movies playing in my head as I read those passages. There's lots of irritating Hollywood name-dropping ("Never mind. There's always George. Or Brad. Or Jake. Or Clive..."). Clearly we're supposed to know who these men are. And clearly this book will have a short shelf life since 20 years from now, few people will care about these actors. It shouldn't be a surprise that the author is 25 years old and lives in Los Angeles. Secondly, if Alice is such a smart lawyer, than why did it take her so long to catch on to her banking problems? You would think that after numerous credit cards were rejected for insufficient funds, she would check her bank account. But then her "friend" wouldn't have had time to clear out her account and there'd be no story. And most surprisingly of all, Alice gets more and more stupid as the book goes on. When her bank account was emptied out, so was any common sense in her head. She starts making excuses for her "friend": She'd never steal from small businesses. She carefully picked only victims she knew wouldn't be wiped out by her theft. How does Alice know that? I doubt someone who commits identity theft (multiple times) would have enough morality to think that way. The book makes the leap from fairly believable to ridiculous to UTTERLY ridiculous. If it had just been ridiculous from the beginning, I would have known to stop reading it. By the end the book has devolved into a ludicrous mess. (I won't even mention the grammatical errors that got worse and worse. My editorial side went into overdrive.) But the biggest "crime" McDonald commits is misrepresenting what identity theft is really like. "The bank refunded her savings, and Alice's credit rating was restored to its former faultless glory." Quote! What planet is this author living on? There is no way identity theft is cleaned up that quickly. I know people who've had to deal with the fall-out for years and years. I can only surmise that the author did little to no research on identity theft. So, in the end, everyone gets what they want and I don't believe any of it for one minute.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Alice Love is a stickler when it comes to keeping her life and finances in order so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it’s just a simple clerical error. However when Alice goes to see a mortgage advisor so she can put down a deposit on a flat of her own, Alice learns that not only was her card being declined not a mistake but that all of her bank accounts have been emptied and her debts now run to thousands of pounds. After having a mini-crisis, Alice enlists the help of a fraud investi Alice Love is a stickler when it comes to keeping her life and finances in order so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it’s just a simple clerical error. However when Alice goes to see a mortgage advisor so she can put down a deposit on a flat of her own, Alice learns that not only was her card being declined not a mistake but that all of her bank accounts have been emptied and her debts now run to thousands of pounds. After having a mini-crisis, Alice enlists the help of a fraud investigator, Nathan, to help her discover just who it is that has stolen her identity and plunged her into so much despair. As Alice – and Nathan – follow the clues to uncovering the thief, Alice finds that instead of being repulsed by such dramas and searching, she’s actually enjoying being different to her usual self. But as Alice’s little white lies start to stack up, is she starting to lose focus on who exactly is the real Alice Love? Abby McDonald, to put it simply, intrigues me. She’s only 25 but has already had four books published, two teen titles and two chick lit titles. I haven’t read any of her books but since reading about her chick lit debut The Popularity Rules I’ve been interested in reading one of her books, simply because she’s only 25 and I totally admire the fact that she’s a published author so young. So I was thrilled when I received The Liberation of Alice Love to read as it sounded like such a complex and exciting plot plus I couldn’t wait to try out one of Abby’s books to see if she was a writer I’d be keeping my eye on for all future releases. I’m pleased to report that I hugely enjoyed The Liberation of Alice Love. It had a little bit of a slow start, easing us into the plot, before the blow was dealt to Alice that her entire life savings had been taken and she was now not only thousands of pounds in debt, but also had creditors and loan sharks and what not on her back, chasing their money. It’s not a plot I’ve ever come across before and once Alice decides she’s going to hunt down her thief, the book really takes off and from then on I found it near impossible to put the book down. On the one hand I couldn’t wait to finish it to see how it all panned out for Alice, but on the other I didn’t want it to end because I enjoyed seeing Alice transform from a run-of-the-mill kind of character to figuring out who her real self was. Alice was such an intriguing character. As I said, she was a bit dull and non-descript to start out with but over the course of the book she really comes into her own. It was as if the Alice before the theft was just passing through life with no real purpose and wasn’t being 100% herself so when she suddenly decides that she wants to confront the person who stole all of her money she comes out of her shell and we get to see the real Alice. I admit, I did like the predictable Alice, despite how boring she might have been perceived. But I liked the new Alice a lot more, she acts in a way I’m sure a lot of people wish they had the nerve to act and I loved her. Alice carries the story mainly on her own but there are a lot of background characters who all add to the storyline. The first person I want to mention is Flora, Alice’s step-sister. At first, it doesn’t seem as if she’s going to be a central character for Alice to rely on, but as the book progresses, so does Flora and Alice’s relationship. Flora was probably my favourite character, bar Alice. Despite her sunny exterior and seemingly never-ending optimism, there was another side to her, one that asks a lot of questions as the book goes on and I was intrigued to learn what was troubling her. The only male interest in the book comes in the shape of Nathan, a fraud investigator. He and Alice sparked off each other really well and I quite liked him. There were a further few characters; Julian, Alice’s friend, Cassie, another friend but the book mainly featured Alice, Flora and Nate, as well as Alice’s thief, of course. A lot of the book focuses on Alice’s work life, too, as a lawyer for an agency. I was surprised at how much time was given to Alice’s job in the book but it was important to keep that in there as it’s a focal point of Alice’s life. The most surprising thing about the book, though, was how far Alice was willing to go to unmask her thief. She tells some pretty innocent lies in her bid to track down the person who stole so much from her, but as expected, the little white lies all start adding up and I knew it only became a matter of time before it all exploded in Alice’s face. To see such a character have such a big turn-about in a matter of 400 pages was equally unreal and totally readable. I knew that I should probably have disliked Alice for what she herself was doing at some points during the book but I understood it all perfectly. Abby McDonald pulled that off perfectly; making Alice so sympathetic to the reader. The book was incredibly well written and once it got into it’s stride, I really ate up the pages. I was slightly worried how you would end a book with such complex ties to finish up, but I was satisfied enough. There was an interesting sub-plot about Alice and her friend Julian that I don’t think was tied up right, generally because I wanted to know why what happened between himself and Alice happened. However the actual ending of the book was good. It was ever-so-slightly open-ended but enough was tied up for me to be satisfied with it. Overall I loved The Liberation of Alice Love. It had everything needed to make a fantastic read: a great (unique) plot, great writing and a really great lead female character who, along with her stunning red dress, adds up to a fantastic read. This is an absolute must-read for all chick lit fans and despite it’s relatively slow start, it does come good quickly and I was soon fully engrossed. Abby McDonald is certainly an author to keep an eye on and I will definitely be seeking out her debut chick lit offering The Popularity Rules as well as any further chick lit books she produces.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This gets a rare one star rating from me. Alice Love is eating lunch with a friend when her credit card is declined. She figures it's just a mix up with the bank as she's had trouble with that card before. She goes online to check her account and is stunned to find out that her account is in overdraft. It turns out that her so called good friend Ella, has stolen her identity. The banks tell Alice there isn't a lot they can do for her, but her brother in law Stefan who is married to her step sist This gets a rare one star rating from me. Alice Love is eating lunch with a friend when her credit card is declined. She figures it's just a mix up with the bank as she's had trouble with that card before. She goes online to check her account and is stunned to find out that her account is in overdraft. It turns out that her so called good friend Ella, has stolen her identity. The banks tell Alice there isn't a lot they can do for her, but her brother in law Stefan who is married to her step sister Flora, has connections and hires Nathan, a cute American to help Alice track down Ella. The Liberation of Alice Love was a hard book for me to get through. I just had a hard time connecting with Alice and some of her actions. To find out where Ella went, and how she did what she did, Alice starts going through each receipt shown on her account and visits every step that Ella took while pretending to be her. She finds out more information then the banks and Nathan do. When Alice discovers that her money was given to charity she feels justified in being friends with Ella because she did something good with the stolen money instead of using it for selfish reasons. Alice then goes on to do everything that Ella did with her money, and while she was supposed to be discovering herself I felt like she was just doing what Ella did. I love British chick lit, but just couldn't like this one more. The first half of this book was so boring I lost track of the number of times I almost gave up on it. However, the second half becomes much more likable and some action finally starts happening. Alice's sister Flora, becomes much more a part of the story and saves the book from only being about Alice. There is one line that mentions Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Flora comments that Alice is a lot like Elizabeth Bennet. Once I read that line, I couldn't help but re-evaluate all the story to see if the characters related to the ones in P/P and it made me like the book a bit more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    The Liberation of Alice Love is the story of a woman named Alice (of course) who is leading a very ordinary, reliable life. Until she realizes that someone has stolen her identity, her life savings, and has run up thousands of dollars worth of bills. And then Alice's life becomes anything besides ordinary as she begins to hunt for the person behind all of this. And along the way she starts to realize that maybe life can be extraordinary as well. So the premise of this book is a good one in my opi The Liberation of Alice Love is the story of a woman named Alice (of course) who is leading a very ordinary, reliable life. Until she realizes that someone has stolen her identity, her life savings, and has run up thousands of dollars worth of bills. And then Alice's life becomes anything besides ordinary as she begins to hunt for the person behind all of this. And along the way she starts to realize that maybe life can be extraordinary as well. So the premise of this book is a good one in my opinion. Alice is in a rut with her life when the story begins, so when she discovers that her identity has been stolen and misused it throws her for a loop. But as she begins to hunt for the thief, she also begins to take a few more chances while making some life changes as well. I liked Alice's character. There were times when I wanted her to stand up for herself more but I liked that she was beginning to realize that there was more to life than the way that she had been living. And this was a fun read. It was a light, easy read that would be perfect to read during the summertime especially on the beach. The book kept my attention throughout and I was always curious to see what kind of trouble Alice was going to get into next while hunting for the thief. My only complaint with the book was the ending. Oh the ending. This is a tad bit spoilery so don't say that I didn't warn you (and I wouldn't blame you if you stopped reading here).......the ending absolutely killed me. The author left it completely open and I wasn't expecting it. I guess I wanted more, maybe a few more strings tied up, but that wasn't what I got. I literally was looking for more pages at the end. And while I enjoyed reading the entire book the ending left me a bit frustrated. All in all, this was a good read. Not great for me but definitely good. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author as I believe that this is her first book. And it was definitely a good change of pace from some of the other books that I've been reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    *****slight spoilers***** Alice Love is completely obsessive when it comes to keeping her career and life as organized as possible, so when her debit card is declined for a small amount, she is sent into a tailspin. It comes to light that an old, so-called, friend has stolen her identity which opens up a whole new world for Alice. Alice is honest, forthright and a bit shy, so she can't even begin to imagine that anyone would take advantage of her. This forces her to examine her life lived in deta *****slight spoilers***** Alice Love is completely obsessive when it comes to keeping her career and life as organized as possible, so when her debit card is declined for a small amount, she is sent into a tailspin. It comes to light that an old, so-called, friend has stolen her identity which opens up a whole new world for Alice. Alice is honest, forthright and a bit shy, so she can't even begin to imagine that anyone would take advantage of her. This forces her to examine her life lived in detail and confront the thief. This story is about how faced with the absurdity of fate, once can develop into a stronger and more self resilient person. This story could have been ripped from the headlines since identity theft is such a common problem these days that can totally damage a person both mentally and financially. Alice has been through both since she is forced to move home after her rent check bounces and she finds the theft has not only taken all of her money, but her credit as well. One point that bothered me was that the bank was not very helpful in helping resolve this, but then, Alice would never have taken her obsessiveness to track down the thief. There are many plots twist, travels to exotic locations (LA!) as Alice tries to expose the person and their reasons for ruining her life. In the end, Alice discovers herself and learns more than any amount of money could buy. I also loved Alice's step-sister Flora, that was the sunny voice of optimism and tried to help her out. This could almost be classified as chick lit, but it has a lot more thought than shoes in it. If you enjoy Madeleine Wickham, you will love this one. I received this book as no expense in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Alice Love is a lawyer at a talent agency who keeps her life in perfect order. When she becomes a victim of identity theft, her life is suddenly thrown into chaos. To make matters worse, the perpetrator is someone Alice had thought was a close friend. Feeling betrayed and depressed, Alice is determined to hunt down the identity thief and uncover the reasons behind why she was the thief's target. She has help from a charming fraud investigator along the way. I liked this book a lot. It was refresh Alice Love is a lawyer at a talent agency who keeps her life in perfect order. When she becomes a victim of identity theft, her life is suddenly thrown into chaos. To make matters worse, the perpetrator is someone Alice had thought was a close friend. Feeling betrayed and depressed, Alice is determined to hunt down the identity thief and uncover the reasons behind why she was the thief's target. She has help from a charming fraud investigator along the way. I liked this book a lot. It was refreshing to read a British chick-lit book that had an intelligent heroine that I didn't want to strangle for most of the book (unlike Shopaholic, etc.). As Alice goes further down the path looking for the thief and realizes what a seemingly carefree life the thief lives; Alice goes through a personal journey of self-discovery, reevaluating her life choices. This book is fun but it also raises some interesting moral questions about truth and lies. Is it okay to lie in pursuit of the truth? In some cases, do the ends justify the means?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Je'taime

    Loved it! The book made me laugh, cringe, hold my breath and got my heart racing!! since the boo is set and written by an English author, some of the phrases were lost to me but it did not take away from the story in any way! I can relate ti Alice in a few ways. She has always done everything the way she is supposed to, is very responsible and try's to please everyone. When she starts the let go of some of her own rules she feels powerful and love's the thrill! I also liked that it had a little l Loved it! The book made me laugh, cringe, hold my breath and got my heart racing!! since the boo is set and written by an English author, some of the phrases were lost to me but it did not take away from the story in any way! I can relate ti Alice in a few ways. She has always done everything the way she is supposed to, is very responsible and try's to please everyone. When she starts the let go of some of her own rules she feels powerful and love's the thrill! I also liked that it had a little love story to go along....I'm NOT a big romance novel kinda girl! I couldn't but the book down and it kept me guessing till the end!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Well, the blurb on the back cover gives the illusion this book will be better than it actually is. I just had so many issues with the protagonist Alice. She did so many things I think most of us wouldn't do. Like, maybe trace the identity thief's steps and even assume her identity. Get herself arrested, among others. I also disliked the ending. I read the whole book for that? Ok I'm changing this from 2 stars to just 1 star. I'm getting pissed all over again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Arielle LanFranca

    Why?!! This is a rewrite of a Friends episode when Monica's identity gets stolen. I found myself more annoyed that she didn't just turn Ella in versus obsessing over how much more exciting her imagined life was...ridiculous. I find it very hard to believe than anyone who had their identity stolen to this degree would just be so forgiving.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This got off to a really slow start but as the story progressed it became a much better story than I expected. I'm glad I stuck with it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Did not finish. Ugh.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teddy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good story. I'm not sure if I like the ending. I usually don't like endings where they leave too much up to your imagination. It didn't quite feel wrapped up, but I liked the characters (mostly) and story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Su

    Fun and entertaining!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine Seybolt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. How could I not be drawn into English author Abby McDonald's March 2011 Sourcebook release, “The Liberation of Alice Love" after reading the following paragraph? ‘It began with a vibrator. A smooth, stainless steel, jewel--encrusted vibrator that—according to the ribbon-trimmed user manual— cost over seven hundred pounds. Even Alice, who valued her orgasm as much as the next woman, had to wonder what delirious pleasure it could possibly deliver to justify that kind of expense.’ As the company How could I not be drawn into English author Abby McDonald's March 2011 Sourcebook release, “The Liberation of Alice Love" after reading the following paragraph? ‘It began with a vibrator. A smooth, stainless steel, jewel--encrusted vibrator that—according to the ribbon-trimmed user manual— cost over seven hundred pounds. Even Alice, who valued her orgasm as much as the next woman, had to wonder what delirious pleasure it could possibly deliver to justify that kind of expense.’ As the company contract lawyer at Grayson Wells Agency fiercely independent Alice Love believes her world is in order. Until, her bank card is declined and her life savings is stolen. Slowly her world shifts. She loses her apartment, her perfect credit is now in the toilet and debt collectors are at her day and night; now she has to depend on the kindness of family and friends. Alice along with dishy American fraud investigator, Nathan Forrest set out to find the woman who stole her identity with a swipe of a forged credit card changing Alice’s staid life forever. Alice Love is the reason I love this story, because her voice rings strong and true. Her quirky and sassy personality fires the story taking readers along on her reluctant ride of self discovery. Alice Love's fiery independent nature is refreshing to see in a title feminine character. Alice believes she is ‘making strides’ in her professional life until her vindictive boss from the underworld, Vivienne shafts her at every chance she gets of becoming an agent. Alice is seeing red. Her boss go to far when she promotes the bimbo Russian Secretary to an agent. This incident sets Alice's cogs spinning and she is in full plan-of-attack mode. No more Miss-Nice-girl, Alice is on a mission! To get ahead she devises a plan. First, start contacting clients that have been pushed aside or sent on bogus auditions. Alice does this all on the down low, which of itself seems the best option for these (her) clients. Little does Alice know that all this slight of hand will eventually come to bite her in the arse. Though she has picked up a few creative tricks from con-artist Ella, she still isn't prepared for the inevitable outcome. The more she unravels about Ella's criminal life the more enraptured Alice becomes at finding what motivates this woman. Discovering that white lies, no matter how innocent can snow ball ending up crashing and burying you just as quickly, but that doesn't stop Alice. The more she uncovers, the more she lies, the easier Alice finds it is to lie and starts to enjoy the people she imitates. Following the trail of cookie cash crumbs Ella left behind and invertedly Alice becomes Ella pretending to be herself: credit cards in Alice's name, loans from different banks and lenders, a gym membership, Italian cooking classes and donating Alice’s lifesaving to a domestic violence shelter which accumulates to around a hundred thousand pounds Alice realizes that –one, Ella isn’t exactly your typical liar, thief and cheat. and, Alice isn't so shocked about the money but the fact that a person she believed was her true friend could completely wipe out her life without a thought. Nathan Forrester is here to help. Using all of his talents and International connections as a fraud investigator he along with Alice follow Ella's trail and discover that Alice isn't her only victim. funny thing is is that people can't seem to recall Ella or can't come to terms with a woman conning them. Nathan is determined to help Alice in getting her life back on track but eventual feels she needs to let go of this obsession she has of actually finding Ella. The Liberation of Alice Love has a cast of interesting characters beside Nathan and Alice. I came to adore her childlike artist step-sister, Flora who seems to be wrapped in a bubble until she is confronted by Alice to start taking charge of her life and not suffering it alone. Rupert, the charismatic middle aged out of work actor is truly a sweet and gullible man that readers will enjoy getting to know. Nathan, Flora and Rupert are fascinating characters, but I have to say that Ella, the scheming con artist is pivotal, because even though we only meet her for around three pages in the book, it is her choices and actions that set the story in motion and in the end helps Alice realise the true and self assured person she was always meant to to be. The larger theme of The Liberation of Alice Love is you really can not judge yourself by the covers you tack on. Because every moment of every day you are changing, but it is up to you and no one else to find who and what you are--minus the con artist.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Perkins

    My Thoughts: This is a harder review to write then I was expecting. Alice Love is a woman who is a pleaser. She tries to make everyone elses life happy even at the expense of her own, even though she doesn’t realize it. Everything from friends, her job to her family, she’s always trying to do what they want her to do even when she isn’t satisfied. When someone steals her identity, cleans out her life’s savings and runs her name into horrible debt with credit cards she’s never signed for and loan My Thoughts: This is a harder review to write then I was expecting. Alice Love is a woman who is a pleaser. She tries to make everyone elses life happy even at the expense of her own, even though she doesn’t realize it. Everything from friends, her job to her family, she’s always trying to do what they want her to do even when she isn’t satisfied. When someone steals her identity, cleans out her life’s savings and runs her name into horrible debt with credit cards she’s never signed for and loans she starts to discover a new attitude she never knew was hiding inside of her. This was a refreshing story to read. It had me looking at my own life in different ways. I’m a lot like Alice, always looking out for everyone else before myself. Always trying to do what would make others happy at the expense of my own sanity. This book shows that while you can stay true to your friends, family and job every once in a while, putting your foot down is necessary. It was also a huge wake up call when it comes to keeping your identity secure. I’ve heard of others having their identities stolen but with this book it shows how easy that can happen whether you trust the wrong person or are careless with very personal information. This book is one for every woman out there to take note and read, even if it’s just once, to open your eyes to the reality of how identity theft can affect your entire life. I enjoyed the characters that Abby McDonald created throughout the pages. She wrote well-rounded characters that you couldn’t help but relate to and come to care for. I loved Alice’s transformation throughout the book. I loved how she finally grew a backbone and started putting her foot down. However, I didn’t like how she completely went about finding this new improved self. She was very reckless when it came to starting with white lies that started to cascade into even bigger lies. You see, Alice discovers who stole her identity and the hurt she feels from finding out someone she trusted betrayed her sends her into a frenzy to find the culprit. She becomes overly obsessed with figuring out the trail the person left behind, to find out who the person truly was compared to who Alice thought she was. In her search she takes on different identities herself, and she had fun doing it…all I could think was why would she do the same thing to others that had been down to her? I know she didn’t go to the extreme but it got to the point that she ended up doing something very illegal! That was one part I had a huge problem with Alice, but some part of me understood how desperate she was in her search for the complete truth. I really enjoyed the side characters of Julian, Alice’s best friend for over 10-years, Flora, Alice’s step-sister, Cassie, her excentric friend, and they sexy Nathan, Alice’s love interest and fraud investigator. They were all written well and I enjoyed the development of all of the relationships throughout this hard time in Alice’s life to self-discovery. They don’t all turn out in sunshine and rainbows but it was still fun to see the development. I really enjoyed Nathan from the very beginning when him and Alice first met each other at her step sisters party and I was always hoping he’d show up later on in the story…which he did and I loved it! The one other thing that threw me off was Alice’s decision to not turn in the culprit even after everything she had be put through. I don’t know how I would react in this same situation…but I just couldn’t understand why anyone would let someone so untrustworthy, with a history of identity theft continue on in life possibly doing the same thing to other people. I want to think that if I had the option of putting someone behind bars and saving other people the heartache of identity theft that I would do it without even blinking an eye… Overall: Just remember this isn’t a romance novel, it’s a novel about Alice, and I think that was the refreshing part of the whole thing. While I love romance novels this was a nice break and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The book might start out slow but if you just keep to it you get really caught up in the story and you’re curious about how it’s all going to end and turn out. You want to know what’s going to happen to Alice with her self-discovery, her family, her love life, her work life and with her friends. I think this is a great read for anyone needing a break from their regular reading for just a good solid fiction novel. I think it will make you rethink some of your own decisions in life and maybe even help you decide that sometimes it’s ok to put your own needs before others.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    One of the things I love most about my Nook is the Free Fridays where Barnes and Noble offers a free e-book for download on their blog, Unbound. Now, these books aren’t New York Times bestsellers but the few I’ve read have been pretty decent. (And who doesn’t love a free book?!) That’s how I came to find The Liberation of Alice Love. Alice Love is an all around safe and ordinary person – and she likes it that way. While she’s good at her job as a contract lawyer for a London talent agency, she’s One of the things I love most about my Nook is the Free Fridays where Barnes and Noble offers a free e-book for download on their blog, Unbound. Now, these books aren’t New York Times bestsellers but the few I’ve read have been pretty decent. (And who doesn’t love a free book?!) That’s how I came to find The Liberation of Alice Love. Alice Love is an all around safe and ordinary person – and she likes it that way. While she’s good at her job as a contract lawyer for a London talent agency, she’s board with the monotony of checking contracts and overseeing the agency’s lazy intern, and would love nothing more than to be a talent agent herself. When her boss blows off her request to learn the business, Alice takes solace in the comfort of her friends and eccentric family. Alice mysteriously begins receiving packages of things she didn’t order, notices strange purchase son her credit card and gets phone calls from creditors demanding payment. When her bank tells her that the $32,000 she’d saved up to buy her dream home has been withdrawn, Alice panics. The bank’s closed caption television shows that the thief is someone Alice knows. She becomes obsessed with finding the person and figuring out why (and how) they stole her identity. The main premise of this book is identity theft – by someone you know and trust unconditionally. It had me wondering what’s worse: being betrayed by someone you know, or having your life savings stolen and your financial life ruined. I kept asking myself this question over and over and while it probably differs for each person, I think it would personally be worse to have someone betray you. Although it would be hard to get the money back and restore financial credit, I think it would be even harder to trust people again without constantly being suspicious of their motives. This book also got me really thinking about identity theft and how protected I really am. I’m fairly confident that my assets and identity are protected, but then again, so was Alice! The Liberation of Alice Love is one part about identity theft and one part about Alice’s liberation. Though Alice has a hard time trying to see the positive in her crummy situation (and really, who can blame her?), she slowly starts to live her life for herself and isn’t so concerned with what others think. She grows both professionally and romantically and takes risks she never would have had the guts to take before her identity was stolen. She tries new things and meets new people and is ultimately left a stronger and more independent person. The experience changes her relationships with the people closest to her, both for better and worse. Over the years, I’ve found that I have a big issue with confusion of names in books (hence why I could never finish Anna Karenina). While Abby McDonald hit the nail on the head with most of the book, there were a few infuriating moments regarding the naming of her characters. There was a Jasmine (Alice’s stepmother) and a Yasmin (a friend’s girlfriend). A Julia (talent client), Julian (friend) and Juliet (alias). With all of the names in the world to choose from, McDonald could have done a better job selecting! Aside from the slight name issues (and I could very well be the only person who cares about that) The Liberation of Alice Love was a full of fun adventures, plot movement and great relationship development.
 The Liberation of Alice Love was published in 2011 by Sourcebooks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)

    Alice Love's ordered life turned upside down when she became a victim of identity fraud by no other than someone she considered a close friend (who was revealed a few chapters in). Fueled by the need to figure out the motivation of the thief, she embarked on an investigation that takes her around London, Italy and even Los Angeles with the help of Nathan, a fraud investigator. But as Alice delves deeper into the thief's daily routines and purchases (thanks to the bank statements left in her wake Alice Love's ordered life turned upside down when she became a victim of identity fraud by no other than someone she considered a close friend (who was revealed a few chapters in). Fueled by the need to figure out the motivation of the thief, she embarked on an investigation that takes her around London, Italy and even Los Angeles with the help of Nathan, a fraud investigator. But as Alice delves deeper into the thief's daily routines and purchases (thanks to the bank statements left in her wake), she sort of takes on the extravagant lifestyle of the thief and she finds herself enjoying it more than she should. Through this year-long journey, Alice finds herself doing things she herself would have never done and taking risks both personally and professionally and gaining a different kind of confidence (her old self was not so much a doormat as someone who has their life all planned out), she was left to wonder if this glamorous life was one she should have been living all along? I thought The Liberation of Alice Love was an entertaining read with a mystery-feel in the whole novel as Alice piece through the clues involving the thief. Alice was an interesting character, I liked her and felt for her when her identity was stolen--it's a nightmare I wouldn't wish on anyone--but she went a little overboard in her search for the truth and you almost dislike her in some parts. After she found out that the thief was actually a close friend, she felt betrayed and becomes a bit obsessive in her search for her ex-friend's motivation by putting her feet in the thief's shoes to figure it out. With a few white lies, the line between right and wrong blurred and Alice unthinkingly hurt a few people herself. I liked that there was nothing that was black and white, easily said that one is right or wrong--Alice wasn't all good but you sympathize with her anyway and the thief wasn't all bad in her way. The secondary characters were excellent in this book. Alice's friends were all interesting in their own way and I enjoyed the side plots involving each of them. I especially enjoyed scenes with Alice's childlike stepsister Flora and watching her character develop and their sister relationship progress for the better. I delighted in the varied setting which also kept the story interesting--the author takes us to many places from their bustle of daytime to their glittery club nightlife scene. The pacing dragged at times especially in the middle when I kept wanting the action to pick up or for something interesting happens and the book did start off slow but on the whole I thought The Liberation of Alice Love was a fantastic, entertaining read and author did well creating an interesting, three-dimensional character in Alice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MARQUETTA

    I normally don't read chick-lit so I didn't know what to expect from this book. Alice Love is a woman who lives a very orderly and routine life. She's responsible and thorough in her personal and professional life. She doesn't color outside the lines. But all of that changes when someone decides to steal Alice's identity and turns her orderly world into chaos. The first inclination that I would have a hard time with Alice was when Alice found out she never received a credit card that was sent to I normally don't read chick-lit so I didn't know what to expect from this book. Alice Love is a woman who lives a very orderly and routine life. She's responsible and thorough in her personal and professional life. She doesn't color outside the lines. But all of that changes when someone decides to steal Alice's identity and turns her orderly world into chaos. The first inclination that I would have a hard time with Alice was when Alice found out she never received a credit card that was sent to her. For someone who reviews contracts for a living, you'd think the first thing she would do is check her bank account to make sure everything was okay. But no. In the age of technology and increasing identity theft, she didn't bother checking her bank! She assumes that it was a mishap; no worries. I check my checking account daily; sometimes twice a day. I'm crazy like that. I couldn't understand how someone who is so organized and thorough could let something like this slide without investigating. But then, if she did check her bank account, she would have discovered the identity theft much sooner and we wouldn't have a story. I had a difficult time getting into the story. The beginning was slow and drawn out. I didn't find Alice's character to be very likable so when the identity theft happened to her and her life was almost ruined, I didn't have any sympathy for her. I felt that she was judgmental with her friends and family. She came off as too high and mighty. I also felt that Alice lacked personality. Her character was kinda blah. Compared to her sister, Flora who is perky, bright and full of energy, Alice was about as interesting as watching paint dry. The premise of the book was interesting but unfortunately, the pacing of the plot was slow. The best parts of the book were when Nathan and Alice interacted. Nathan added some much needed life into an otherwise dull story. The banter was witty and funny and we actually get to some some spark and personality in Alice. I'd hoped that this would continue throughout the book but Nathan disappears after their initial meeting and doesn't reappear until the middle. The bit of personality that Alice showed were the times where the book held my attention. When she finally stepped outside her comfort zone and LIVED even though it was under false pretenses, I enjoyed the book. Too bad those instances occurred when I was already past the point of caring about Alice's liberation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Abby McDonald's adult debut was sexy, romantic, fun, and original. From the minute I started reading I was sucked into the life of the fantastic Alice Love. The summary left a little to be desired so I wasn't entirely sure what the novel would entail when I started reading. The Liberation of Alice Love was more than I ever imagined and it was one book I will be recommending again and again- to both teens and adults. After reading and enjoying Abby's previous release (a YA novel called Boys, Bear Abby McDonald's adult debut was sexy, romantic, fun, and original. From the minute I started reading I was sucked into the life of the fantastic Alice Love. The summary left a little to be desired so I wasn't entirely sure what the novel would entail when I started reading. The Liberation of Alice Love was more than I ever imagined and it was one book I will be recommending again and again- to both teens and adults. After reading and enjoying Abby's previous release (a YA novel called Boys, Bears, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots) I was eager to get started on more of her novels and this did not disappoint. Alice Love- such a simple, but very pretty name. It suited our main character perfectly. When the book opens, Alice is living an organized, but nice life. She has a good job, even though she aspires for a better position, a small apartment, but she longs to purchase her own flat, and a great group of friends... When Alice's credit card is declined she is shocked. Suddenly, Alice's life isn't simple and perfectly arranged. Her identity has been stolen and someone has emptied Alice's bank accounts and purchased all sorts of entirely un-Alice-like things. From there, the book really takes off and both the reader and Alice are in for a wild ride. Abby McDonald has a great writing style- fluid and smooth, with little witticisms that make me laugh at the most random of times. The premise of The Liberation of Alice Love may not seem very original, I mean there are quite a few books out there about identity theft, but Alice's story is far from ordinary. There is a mystery aspect to the story and a lot of twists in the plot as Alice discovers more about both the criminal who stole her savings, and, more importantly, about herself. There were so many aspects of this story that I adored- Alice's job, her family and friends, the romance, and Alice's journey of self-discovery. The secondary characters also had a prominent role in the story and made it that much more enjoyable. The setting (England) also made me love it that much more. Who doesn't enjoy reading about London and characters with accents? ;) I'm so glad I branched out from my usual YA focused reading group and took a chance on The Liberation of Alice Love. I highly recommend it and am eager to begin Abby's next YA release, The Anti-Prom which is releasing soon! Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Resa

    Alice Love is living the perfect, if uneventful, life. She has a large savings account built up, perfect credit, a decent job, and a life that is drama (and adventure) free. That all changes when she meets Ella at a yoga class. The two become friends fast, like they’d known each other for years. Then Ella leaves without a word and Alice discovers her perfect life has started to fall apart around her. Her credit is ruined, her savings gone, and her life just got a lot more complicated. In an atte Alice Love is living the perfect, if uneventful, life. She has a large savings account built up, perfect credit, a decent job, and a life that is drama (and adventure) free. That all changes when she meets Ella at a yoga class. The two become friends fast, like they’d known each other for years. Then Ella leaves without a word and Alice discovers her perfect life has started to fall apart around her. Her credit is ruined, her savings gone, and her life just got a lot more complicated. In an attempt to figure out what went wrong, Alice takes on the persona of the woman who ruined her life and finds out that while she’s been planning for her life she’s forgotten to live it. If there’s one thing McDonald does well in this book, it’s craft a main character. Alice isn’t always likable, there are points in this book where I couldn’t stand her, but she comes across as a real person. Alice is full of faults, insecurities, and untapped potential. As you read this book you will feel for her problems, cringe at her mistakes, and applaud for her when she stands up for herself. The plot itself brings something unique to a sort of “chick-lit-lite” book. While the story of a woman going through a life altering crisis to find herself isn’t new, I like the twist McDonald throws at you. Identity theft is a real worry and seeing it as the pivotal point in the text creates an interesting dynamic. The other characters, however, aren’t quite as dynamic as Alice and come across a little flat. Even the antagonist Ella doesn’t seem quite as developed as she should be. I found “The Liberation of Alice Love” to be an entertaining read, but not as original as I would have liked. McDonald brings a unique twist to her story line, of identity theft forcing her main character to come to terms with her identity, but other than that it feels like a lot of the same old thing you’ll find in any other “chick-lit” book. While the side characters in this book feel flat, the dynamic Alice Love will keep you reading and you will want to find out how it all ends once you start. I’d keep this book on hand for a rainy day.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kara Thorpe

    I could not put this book down. No lie. After several duds, The Liberation of Alice Love restored my faith in reading for pleasure. The opening paragraph was unexpectedly wonderful and had me hooked. How can you not be hooked with it starts with a vibrator? A vibrator, people! It seemed that the book started a little slow and bogged with mundane (at the time) details, but it soon became apparent that the buildup was necessary. The identity of the thief was a brilliant surprise. This book did an ex I could not put this book down. No lie. After several duds, The Liberation of Alice Love restored my faith in reading for pleasure. The opening paragraph was unexpectedly wonderful and had me hooked. How can you not be hooked with it starts with a vibrator? A vibrator, people! It seemed that the book started a little slow and bogged with mundane (at the time) details, but it soon became apparent that the buildup was necessary. The identity of the thief was a brilliant surprise. This book did an excellent job of showing how identity theft affects a person and how much of a mess is left to clean up. Alice's heartbreak at being betrayed is written so well that you feel it too. I admit that after the first third of the book I wanted to check my bank statement and credit report. I might have even locked my file cabinet. Alice herself is a great character. She's perfectly flawed and engaging enough that you appreciate the way she slowly changes. Rather than let the setbacks ruin her life, she wallows for a moment then sets out to reclaim her life. She's strong but not unbelievably so. The cast of secondary characters are all well-developed and each sparkle in their own way. The sister was my favorite with her hidden depth and her evolving relationship with Alice. I thought the romance might have been more of a focal point in the story, but it is so nicely woven into the tale that it works. I found this to be a delightful story of a woman reclaiming her life after betrayal and theft but deciding the same old routines no longer work. Her struggles, self-doubt, and eventual resolution are immensely relatable. Who doesn't want the chance to live a more exciting life - even for one night? Though the middle dragged slightly for a few chapters and I would have liked to see more of the romantic side of the story, I utterly loved this book and cannot wait to pass it along. Disclaimer: I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This review originally posted on Byers Editing Services Blog & Reviews. The idea of this book was really appealing to me. The execution? Not so much. The book was much too long and too slow-paced to really keep my interest, but I kept with it because I just wanted to. I wanted to know what Alice did, and see if she ever got any answers. I wanted to see what kind of changes and freedom structure-bound Alice embraced throughout the story. I’m all for endings that leave a little guessing to be done, This review originally posted on Byers Editing Services Blog & Reviews. The idea of this book was really appealing to me. The execution? Not so much. The book was much too long and too slow-paced to really keep my interest, but I kept with it because I just wanted to. I wanted to know what Alice did, and see if she ever got any answers. I wanted to see what kind of changes and freedom structure-bound Alice embraced throughout the story. I’m all for endings that leave a little guessing to be done, but I like them to have some level of closure to the story they told. The ending here left too much guesswork, like the author really didn’t know which choice the character was going to make. I would have liked a little more commitment as to which direction the rest of the character’s life was going to take. The writing itself wasn’t too bad, it flowed well enough and there weren’t too many errors. There was simply too much of it. The story tried to cover all the facets of Alice’s life, but I felt like the issues they presented were left unresolved. The story opened with Alice receiving a very expensive personal vibrator. I really expected it to come back into play at some point, other than being Alice’s first hint that something was wrong, but again I was disappointed. There wasn’t anything bad about this book, but it left a lot to be desired for this reader. Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | G+

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather Lire

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, other than the blurb sounded really good. It turned out to be one of those books that once I picked it up i couldn’t put it down. When Alice’s identity and life savings is stolen she embarks on a journey that changes everything for her. She begins to step out of her comfort level and discover who the real Alice is. Along the way she meets Nathan the investigator that helps her to try and find Ella, and discover just why she stole her life. She discover I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, other than the blurb sounded really good. It turned out to be one of those books that once I picked it up i couldn’t put it down. When Alice’s identity and life savings is stolen she embarks on a journey that changes everything for her. She begins to step out of her comfort level and discover who the real Alice is. Along the way she meets Nathan the investigator that helps her to try and find Ella, and discover just why she stole her life. She discovers which friends are her real friends, what she wants out of life isn’t what she has, and that while Nathan starts out as someone she has to deal with he becomes someone much more important. This is one of the best books about a journey to self discovery that I have read. As I read Alice’s journey I couldn’t help but reflect on the similar journey that I took regarding my own self discovery, while my identity hadn’t been stolen I had lost a part of myself. As I read her journey I was able to see how she grew as person and even though there were times that she made decisions that were very questionable, to her they made sense and was something that she had to do. As I got to the end I wondered how it would all end, and I have to say that while the end didn’t suck and it made sense in a way it left me very unfulfilled as someone that has just spent hours reading and being invested in the story. There was no clear resolution for what she decided to do in the end, which took away from the story, at least for me and definitely affected my opinion of the book. This review is also posted on my review site www.thebookreadinggals.com

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Meet Alice Love. Alice works at The Grayson Wells Agency and Alice is saving up for a place of her own. You could say that Alice lives a normal, quiet life. Alice is about to discover how quickly her life is about to get turned upside down. First it started with packages arriving to Alice of expensive purchases that she supposedly bought and then there was her credit cards being declined due to her reaching her maxed limit. The final straw is when Alice discovers that her bank account has been c Meet Alice Love. Alice works at The Grayson Wells Agency and Alice is saving up for a place of her own. You could say that Alice lives a normal, quiet life. Alice is about to discover how quickly her life is about to get turned upside down. First it started with packages arriving to Alice of expensive purchases that she supposedly bought and then there was her credit cards being declined due to her reaching her maxed limit. The final straw is when Alice discovers that her bank account has been completely wiped out. Who could have done this to Alice and what type of glamorous life are they living? The situations that Alice found herself in were priceless. Like for example when she moved in with a friend, who could not stop having sex with her boyfriend in every room. I felt sorry for Alice. It is bad enough if you hear someone having sex but to witness it with your own eyes that is worse. While I did love Alice, if it was not for her friends, Alice would seem a little boring. I knew The Liberation of Alice Love was going to be a winner, when I read the first sentence…”It began with a vibrator. A smooth, stainless steel, jewel-encrusted vibrator. If this sentence does not grab your attention, than you might want to go to the doctor and make sure you still have a pulse. After this, there is no where else to go but up. The Liberation of Alice Love is a barrel ride of laughs, witty characters, and a book that you will want to make a permanent spot on your bookshelf!

  26. 4 out of 5

    BecksBookPicks

    It has been awhile since I read chick-lit. I was addicted to it for quite awhile. I remember why now. I loved the change in reading style from my usual romance books to this one. There of coarse was a slight romance in this book that as a reader I wanted Alice to get out of her self absorbed self and realize it. However, this story is not about romance at all. Alice has had her identity stolen, then she is shocked when she learns just who stole her identity. She isn't satisfied with just lettin It has been awhile since I read chick-lit. I was addicted to it for quite awhile. I remember why now. I loved the change in reading style from my usual romance books to this one. There of coarse was a slight romance in this book that as a reader I wanted Alice to get out of her self absorbed self and realize it. However, this story is not about romance at all. Alice has had her identity stolen, then she is shocked when she learns just who stole her identity. She isn't satisfied with just letting the bank take care of this, she has to track down the person herself. While doing this, Alice changes who she is in some ways for the better. She enters into this persons life and sees who she could have been all this time. She grows into a more confident woman who can stand up for herself. This was a refreshing story and will leave every reader wanting to go check all there private documents and change all their passwords. Having what happened to Alice is scary and it was as I said before, refreshing to read about a real life challenge instead of some of these stories from my usual romance novels. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes chick-lit, light romance books, or just a basic general fiction book. I had a hard time putting this one down, so be prepared to spend a few days in a comfy spot as you indulge all your time in this story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    The beginning of the book started out really slow and Alice was a good character, just kind of boring. But when she decides to find out who took her identity, the book really takes off!! Alice is almost a different person, doing things she never really did before. Her little white lies slide by but compile until they blow up in her face. What would you do if someone stole your identity? I'm not sure I would go to the lengths Alice does, but I wouldn't just do nothing either. Fraud Investigator N The beginning of the book started out really slow and Alice was a good character, just kind of boring. But when she decides to find out who took her identity, the book really takes off!! Alice is almost a different person, doing things she never really did before. Her little white lies slide by but compile until they blow up in her face. What would you do if someone stole your identity? I'm not sure I would go to the lengths Alice does, but I wouldn't just do nothing either. Fraud Investigator Nathan is a nice compliment to Alice's character, to say nothing about how attractive he is. Alice's character blossoms through out the book, as well as the relationship she has with a step-sister. Will she go back to her humdrum life in the lawyer's office, or will she pick up the extravagant life style her thief is leading with her name? Abby McDonald spins an entertaining chic-lit novel. Carefully crafted, the pages just fly by, which I have found most British chic-lit's do. The writing is smooth and attention grabbing, as well as complex and characters you want to believe in and hope they succeed. If your looking for a great beach read this summer, or want to while away some hours on a lazy evening, pick up The Liberation of Alice Love!! Laugh out funny and a relevant story for today's society!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. I will give this book a 2 for effort. The plot was mildly intriguing in parts, but the execution was "rocky" (I stole that word from a national review of the book because I agreed wholeheartedly with the description). Honestly, I could not bring myself to finish reading the book and ended up skimming through the last half to find out what happened. The strongest points of the novel were the exchanges between the main character and her lov I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. I will give this book a 2 for effort. The plot was mildly intriguing in parts, but the execution was "rocky" (I stole that word from a national review of the book because I agreed wholeheartedly with the description). Honestly, I could not bring myself to finish reading the book and ended up skimming through the last half to find out what happened. The strongest points of the novel were the exchanges between the main character and her love interest. The book did not gain any points with me when the obligatory F bombs and sexual encounters appeared. I still don't understand why authors / publishers feel that just throwing those things into a book for the sake of having them in there when they don't add anything to the story will win a larger audience or make the book more marketable. I feel that readers as a whole are more intelligent than they are often given credit for. I think it is pretty clear that this particular book was not for me, but I can see how it could attract an audience of chick lit readers. I will say this for the book, I could definitely see someone tweaking this storyline into a screenplay and having a hit movie.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just last night I finished reading the Liberation of Alice Love by Abigail McDonald. Alice Love is a lawyer/contractor who lives a perfectly boring life. Until she finds out that the friend she just made, Ella, has stolen her back account and her savings. Since Ella stole Alice's life, Alice begins to investigate Ella, going to all the places Ella made purchases, even following Ella to Rome and L.A. Alice uses different names, changing herself into Ella (since the real one stole Alice), Juliet, Just last night I finished reading the Liberation of Alice Love by Abigail McDonald. Alice Love is a lawyer/contractor who lives a perfectly boring life. Until she finds out that the friend she just made, Ella, has stolen her back account and her savings. Since Ella stole Alice's life, Alice begins to investigate Ella, going to all the places Ella made purchases, even following Ella to Rome and L.A. Alice uses different names, changing herself into Ella (since the real one stole Alice), Juliet, Angelique. But as Alice (the real one) follows the trail, she begins to tell lies, and hurts people she wished she was real to. And When Alice finds Ella, could it be possible to she realizes that Ella might have given her a less boring life? A life she should have been living. Ella constantly remains this aloof, exclusive, unknown character, and we never get all the answers. There's also Alice's sister, Flora, who misses her husband who travels a lot and wants a better relationship with Alice. And Cassie, Alice's other friends who has relationship issues. And Nathan, an investigator that helps Alice, helps and falls in love with? Alice ends up hurting a lot of people, but there is gain in the end. She is, like the title suggests, liberated.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Alice Love thinks she has her life under complete control. Strange things start happening; her debit card is refused, odd packages arrive - but she writes it off to nothing important. Then she goes to apply for a mortgage and she finds out that her savings has disappeared and her credit rating has been destroyed. The bigger surprise comes when she finds out who has stolen her identity. I found this to be a very enjoyable book, albeit with a very serious topic at its heart. That was, perhaps was b Alice Love thinks she has her life under complete control. Strange things start happening; her debit card is refused, odd packages arrive - but she writes it off to nothing important. Then she goes to apply for a mortgage and she finds out that her savings has disappeared and her credit rating has been destroyed. The bigger surprise comes when she finds out who has stolen her identity. I found this to be a very enjoyable book, albeit with a very serious topic at its heart. That was, perhaps was bothered me just a bit - the way the topic was handled the conclusion to the tale. Identity theft is a crime that should not, by any means, be taken lightly and I feel this book does just that. That being said it is a saga of the horrors that can happen to someone who has their whole life hijacked. As Alice and a handsome (are there any other kind?) fraud investigator try to find the perpetrator Alice actually finds herself. I found it to be a fast, light read in spite of the subject matter full of fun characters and lots of fun British wit. Alice's family is quirky but there for her in odd and necessary ways.

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