Newton Neighbors is the newest novel by Suzy Duffy, author of Wellesley Wives and an international bestselling author of romantic comedy.

With her new story, Suzy is taking her readers to visit Crystal Lake, a lovely place in Boston, and to meet its residents. Women play a very important role in the plot. How many "hats" does every woman put on in her everyday life? How many times we switch from mom to wife, from our professional life to our personal dreams? Newton Neighbors will make you meet a bunch of colorful women, the Ladies of the Lake. Let's read how they're introduced in the official summary:
Maria’s best asset has always been her hot Puerto Rican body, but she sees the effect a new sitter has on her husband, so she decides to fight back the hands of time.

Cathi is Maria’s best friend and greatest admirer. Her own life is pretty good, too. Still, she can’t help being consumed with ambitions to live on the water. She spirals from persuasion to coercion to deceit faster than you can say ‘change of address,’ but will she succeed?

Noreen may seem like the nice little granny from next door. However, it’s the quiet ones you need to watch.  While facing forty is a nightmare for Maria, Noreen’s living large at eighty. She believes “the only thing worse than a weak dollar is a weak martini.”

Jessica is in America to study. But when she takes a babysitting job in Newton, she gets more than she bargains for in the shape of fine-looking firefighter.  We learn soon enough that not all heroes are good—but is bad better?

Thankfully we have Ely, Jessica’s crazy roommate, who keeps everyone laughing and partying, too.

Suzy pays a great attention to her characters' development. She makes us "see" them, revealing their personality through their actions. Let's read this excerpt from the first chapter:

[Maria] still knew how to work her charms—hands on hips, subtle breath in through parted lips to
elevate bust, chin raised, head tilted. She could do it all in a microsecond but make it look natural. 

and again:

The truth was she had a secret. If Ricky thought she was a weapon of mass seduction, it was because Maria had upgraded her ammunition. It looked like a gymnast’s leotard, but it was made by NASA and the ad had promised to reduce her waist by at least two inches. The fact it took fifteen minutes to squeeze into and she had no idea how long before she might asphyxiate was academic. Maria was thrilled with the result. She looked like her old self, with curves hauled back into the right position, and that was all that mattered. But there was no way she was showing it to Ricky. The plan was to wear it to the party, look amazing, and then when they got home, she would peel it off in the bathroom before he ever saw. Easy but spontaneous seductions were not part of the agenda.
If you're interested in the writing process of an award winning writer, stay tuned! Suzy Duffy is authoring a blog post about The Birth of a Book. 

Summary: Crystal Lake—in the suburbs of Newton—is one of the most desirable places to live in Boston, and Newton Neighbors is a romantic comedy about its colorful residents just trying to “live the dream.”  Things, however, rarely go as planned. The story starts with two fire trucks and a couple of cop cars getting called to the upmarket road, and that’s when things begin to heat up. [...] We have fireworks, fistfights, and family fiestas. It’s a story that stretches from Boston, to London, to beautiful Puerto Rico. Welcome to the wet ‘n’ wild world of Newton Neighbors. 

About the author
Suzy Duffy is an international and #1 best-selling author. She writes laugh-out-loud, life-affirming stories about women from five to ninety-five. (Sometimes she writes about men too, but only for comedic purposes, and pets—if they’re funny.) Her debut US novel, Wellesley Wives became an instant best seller, won numerous awards and critical acclaim, and is due to be published in Norwegian, September 2013. She was a guest speaker at the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Newton Neighbors, her second US novel, has been published September 2013.

Other than this, Suzy was a national radio DJ and television presenter in Ireland before she started writing. She has also been an interpreter in the United Nations, Geneva, a water ski instructor in Crete, and a corn cutter in the south of France—from which she was fired!

She gives 10% of her royalties to http://www.fobh.org because she believes in serendipity. (A serendipitist?) She plans to write a book a year for the next forty years, and then she’ll have a rethink.

More info on https://www.facebook.com/Suzyduffybooks1


and www.SuzyDuffyBooks.com
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