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    Clare Naylor(Author)

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Here’s the delightful new novel from Clare Naylor, whose sleeper hit Dog Handling was one of Cosmopolitan’s Best Beach Reads for 2002. Fresh and fun, The Goddess Rules is an outrageous, wry, and razor-sharp portrait of a girl who thinks her life is just fine–until she meets a woman who swears by the belief that life is meant to be fabulous.

When obsessed pet owners have pooches or kitties they want immortalized on canvas, Kate Disney is the artist of choice. From her shed (which doubles as a studio and apartment) in London’s Primrose Hill, Kate caters to the whims of the rich and famous while herself living a decidedly bohemian existence. The problem is, she has a tendency to cater to her on-again, way-off-again boyfriend as well. Jake is so erratic, that most of her friends don’t understand why she even bothers. But it’s hard to fall out of love with a man who writes her songs and calls her “Angel”–even if he disappears for weeks at a time.

Luckily for Kate, Mirabelle Moncur isn’t buying any of that claptrap. Mirri was an actress, a legend in her time. Now, at age sixty, she’s given up on fame and men and lives in Africa, where she raises lion cubs. But her reclusive nature has done nothing to dull her beauty, mar her incredible figure, or dampen her outrageous joie de vivre.

After sweeping into London to have Kate paint a portrait of her favorite cub, Mirri seizes hold of Kate’s life–from the baggy wardrobe to the hopeless taste in men. Under Mirri’s tutelage, Kate learns to dance on tables with abandon, drink like a dockworker, and flirt like a goddess. And when her old friend Louis reenters the picture, she begins to see things in a whole new light. But Mirri has secrets that hint at a less than divine future. Now it’s Kate’s turn to teach Mirri a thing or two about life, love, and being fabulous.

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--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

The goddess of this entertaining fourth novel (and first Ballantine hardcover) by British author Naylor (Dog Handling, etc.) is an aging French screen star named Mirabelle Moncur. We know Mirri is French because she says non and merde and because she likes sex and knows her way around men. Heroine Kate Disney also likes sex, but she doesn't know her way around men, especially Jake, her caddish lout of a boyfriend. When Mirri commissions Kate, a painter of animal portraits, to immortalize her pet lion cub, the two become friends; soon Mirri is teaching Kate how to dress properly, stand up for herself and enjoy a man's attentions. For a time, Kate is a model student: she romps in Capri with Felix, a French playboy, and has casual sex in a swimming pool. The supporting characters are pat romantic comedy types: there's Kate's appropriately Byronic suitor, Lewis; her reliable best friend, Tanya; and her older, gay mentor, Leonard. The subplot, involving Mirri's search for her one true love, is engaging, as are the multiple twists of the main plot. When Jake returns to the scene, relentlessly courting and then winning the affections of a newly free-spirited Kate, Mirri's disappointment is palpable. The action Mirri takes to bring Kate to her senses is predictable but satisfying, which is also an apt description of this light, fun read. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition. *Starred Review* Though set in contemporary England, Naylor's delightful, romantic romp seems suffused with fine French Chardonnay as retired screen temptress Mirabelle Moncur (she's so close to "my heart"--get it?) arrives in London to stay with longtime friend Leonard. Still knocking-'em-dead gorgeous at 60, Mirri has ostensibly come from Africa, where she has created an animal refuge, for portraitist Kate Disney, temporarily resident in Leonard's garden shed, to paint pet lion cub Bebe. She winds up turning around Kate's wrecked love life. En passant, the Brigitte Bardot-like film legend embarks, with a handsome heartthrob half her age, who has followed her home, on a passionate idyll made very public by the international paparazzi camped outside wherever she, or he, goes. (On the other hand, the affair does start with an all-too-audible tryst on the hammock outside Kate's window.) Furnishing additional sparkle, somehow, is Jake, the loser-user, on-and-off object of Kate's affection, despite Mirri's disdain for "this slug" who keeps standing Kate up, sleeping around, but showing up again like the proverbial bad penny. Laugh-out-loud scenes and authentically touching asides on aging and lifelong yearnings combine in a perfectly balanced, irresistible confection. Whitney ScottCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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  • Clare Naylor(Author)
  • Books on Tape (March 8, 2005)
  • English
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  • By Peri Dwyer Worrell on January 11, 2017

    Well-written. The characters were not stereotyped and their situations were entertaining and compelling. Not a great philosophical tome, but an enjoyable romantic read with a little depth to it.

  • By Kindle Customer on May 30, 2017

    Yes, this is a love story. Love among friends, love between women of different ages, love and marriage. I don't usually like love stories. I really enjoyed this one.

  • By Kim E. Power on November 3, 2016

    This ia a great story. There is real growth of self-awareness and honesty, yet nobody becomes perfect. Well written, beautifully and compassionately characterised, (though sometime I could have shaken Kate, this is a novel that truly engages the emotions.

  • By JerseyGirl Yvonne on February 4, 2010

    Kate Disney is living in her godfather's garden shed since she sunk all her money into her worthless boyfriend Jake. She does not have much self-esteem even though she is a well-known animal portrait painter and is a well regarded artist of the genre.Jake stands her up, brings her down and runs around on her but Kate always takes him back because she really loves Jake or anyway she has convinced herself that she loves him. I can relate to Kate's predicament of taking back a man that does not respect her since I have been there in the past as well.The story takes a turn when Kate's godfather welcomes a vistor to his estate, Mirabelle Moncur, a former famous actress who counsels Kate on her love life. This gist of the story is that Mirabelle teaches Kate about how to live by your own rules and to respect yourself. That was the only part of the story that I found somewhat unrealistic. I found Mirabelle to be rather coarse. She is a free-spirit, to say the least, and there are numerous scenes where Kate watches Mirabelle have sex with a much younger man and then directs Kate in how to pleasure a man while having sex. I could really have done without those parts of the story. I thought they were gratuitous. The language was raw and coarse as well.However, I enjoyed the conclusion of the story when Kate finally realizes that sometimes somebody we love is right before our eyes. The coarse language and sex may turn some readers off but if you get past those parts, there is a decent story here.

  • By Samantha M on March 6, 2010

    Mirabelle Moncur is clearly a goddess. From her enchanting looks that haven't faded at age 60, to her commanding and domineering presence in any situation, and the way she flawlessly goes through men like sex is nothing, the women screams confident, secure, and goddess-like. Kate Disney is the opposite. Unlike Mirri, Kate will never be a film star, never be sultry, and can't seem to get past the `slug' of a boyfriend, Jake, who treats Kate like she is indispensable.When Mirri, animal activist living in Africa, moves to London, she and Kate quickly become friends, and Kate tries to be more like Mirri. She breaks it off with Jake, heads to Capri for a short fling, and begins to live her life more freely and passionately, finally beginning to take a real interest in her career as a painter. But when an old friend reveals himself as a love interest and Jake suddenly is the pining boyfriend she has always wanted, Kate is unsure what her next move will be. In the end, Mirri shows her the true meaning of love, in a very Mirri-like fashion.The Goddess Rules by Clare Naylor is not only a humorous book with engaging plot twists, but also shows the struggles of someone trying to figure out what love is. Is it right to be with someone that loves you simply because you love them? That and other puzzles fill the plot and will keep readers interest hooked, especially with the supporting cast filling in any holes. I will say that I thought at times the book seemed to go on a little too long, but it only took a few more pages to get me interested in a new situation that started. The ending was particularly a jaw-dropper, and kept me thinking about the characters even after I was finished reading about them.

  • By Kharabella on July 18, 2005

    I give it three and a half stars. It was so slow to start that I almost gave up, but a few chapters in, the pace picked up. Still not a suspenseful pageturner, but it is a really cute story of "Lessons Learned," in Life and in Love.At the beginning, twenty-eight year old Kate Disney has very little self confidence. She doesn't really believe in her talent as an artist and a painter, or in herself as a beautiful and desirable woman. And Kate's life is in a bit of a rut -- living in a shed, not making a lot of money, dealing with an absolute PRICK of a boyfriend. She's dated Jake for three years, and he's still taking her for granted. He doesn't call for weeks, then he shows sporadically and makes love to her, but otherwise unwilling to be committed. She can't even say to him that he is her boyfriend without him freaking out and running off into the night.And then an amazing and famous former screen siren, Mirabelle Moncour, comes into Kate's life. I am not sure what Goddesses had to do with anything. Gratefully, there is no list of Goddess Rules that Kate Disney is asked to follow. Kate just learns a lot from the beautiful and eccentric Mirri Moncour. She doesn't seek to be a duplicate of Mirri, and the two are so different that Kate hates Mirri at first. But Mirri does know some things about life and love, and gives Kate some good advice: be confident in yourself. With Mirri pushing her, Kate learns to believe in her inner "Goddess" -- the beautiful woman within her -- and that she deserves to be treated like a special and beautiful woman, because every woman is special and beautiful in her own way. The more Kate believes in herself, the better things turn out for her. Kate finally gets the kind of love that she deserves.Of, course, Kate doesn't have perfect judgment, so she still stumbles along the way. And so does Mirri. There are chapters where they both did things that made me cringe. But, overall, their mistakes make them seem more real and human.

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