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The Opposite of Love (Random House Reader's Circle)by Julie Buxbaum
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With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, debut author Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.
When twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is about to propose, she cant explain to even her closest friends why she did it. But somewhere beneath her independent exterior, Emily knows her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with...her. “Its like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart,” her best friend Jess tells her.
As the holidays loom and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel. Shes assigned to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit where she must defend the very values she detests by a boss who cant keep his hands to himself… her Grandpa Jack, the person she cares most about in the world, is losing it, while her emotionally distant father has left her to cope alone…and underneath it all, memories of her deceased mother remind her that love doesnt last forever.
How this brave young woman finally faces the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of this marvelous first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.
Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to the Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.
Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Dont stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. Shes about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriends proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the towns oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then theres Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, whos the opposite of her type. She probably shouldnt be kissing him. She definitely shouldnt be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything....
About the Author
Julie Buxbaum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. The Opposite of Love is her first novel.
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