Roommaid and Objects of My Affection
Are you ready for two books being reviewed? I normally (or at least for the past three months) review one book each Tuesday. As I was reading these two at the same time I noticed some similarities and decided they would work perfectly as a comparison review. Two books for the win!
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Roommaid by Sariah Wilson
Madison Huntingdon is a wealthy young woman that decides to forgo joining her family’s business even with her parent’s threat of disowning her. She graduates from college with an education degree and takes a job as a teacher. Her parents carry through on their threat and Madison finds herself sleeping on a friend’s couch and trying to survive on a teacher’s salary.
Her aunt Frederica comes to the rescue and they go apartment hunting. Every apartment is woefully small or infested with bugs or just painfully dilapidated and then Frederica offers a tempting plan to Madison.
Would Madison be willing to be the housekeeper for a man that has a lavish apartment- in exchange for not paying rent? Hmmm…. what do you think?
Madison meets Tyler Roth who lives in a penthouse style apartment overlooking the city and by all appearances he is wealthy.
Of course, she takes the job and then things go awry.
Has Madison ever done any cleaning in her life?
Of course not! Her home had a butler and countless housekeepers and cooks. Madison has never even loaded a dishwasher or done her own laundry. Somehow, she is supposed to take care of this apartment and Tyler’s dog.
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinksi
Lucy Bloom has just been dumped by her boyfriend, she’s flat broke, and has had to sell her house to support the care of her young adult, drug-addicted son. She is trying to start over and pull herself together.
And then she finds out about a job that is right up her alley. Lucy is a personal organizer and it seems that Marva Meier Rios, a wealthy artist-painter, needs help with her home. It needs to be organized.
Well, not so much. It is not organization that Marva needs. The elderly woman is a hoarder and her home is cluttered in every room with piles of her belongings and things she has purchased for no particular reason. Lucy has her hands full with this prickly older woman that really does not want to turn loose of any of her belongings.
Marva, however, has asked for her home to be cleared out and it must be done by a certain date. With this strict deadline, Lucy dives in and begins the job.
Lucy, unfortunately, is distracted by many things as she tries to clear the rooms of Marva’s treasures.
Her son, Ashe, is in a rehab facility and she wants to hear from him, but rarely does.
Lucy’s helper in Marva’s home is Nico, an incredible handsome younger man that Lucy is attracted to.
And there is Daniel- the boyfriend that broke up with her. He appears one day to the scene of Marva’s home because he buys objects of art to resell. He is also enamored with Marva and her painting background. He wants to meet her and help her find a missing painting that was done many, many years prior. And, of course, he and Lucy might still have a ‘thing’.
I’m also guessing you know exactly where this book is headed!
Winning with both Books
Let’s just get this out there right now- both books are chick-lit. Both are lighthearted and funny. Both involve wealthy people that have lost everything and fight back. Both have the inevitable conclusion you can usually guess in a chick-lit book! But, both were very good. I enjoyed them and I think you will, too. Two books for the win indeed- 4 stars for each!
You might enjoy these books, too:
- The Flatshare (This one is similar to Roommaid and this post has several more reviews, too.)
- Big Lies in a Small Town (Also, about artists)
- Life’s a Beach (Reviews of five beach-themed books)
My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.