Item description for Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt...
Overview A young woman heads to New York for her dream job as an editor in this contemporary retelling of the story of Esther.
Publishers Description A young woman heads to the city for her dream job as New York editor in this contemporary retelling of the story of Esther. When Emily Hinton, a quirky and quick-witted Southern California girl, lands a job at the world-famous publishing house Morrow & Sons, she decides that she is moving to New York to find love and Louis Vuitton, no matter what her friends and family think. Once in the city, however, Emily finds that in the highly secular world of a young Manhattanite, it's anything but easy to balance her passion for New York's glitz and glamour with her determination to live out her faith. Eventually, the crisis comes to a head when Emily takes a stand for her faith, risking in the process her beloved job. Readers of CBA fiction, as well as general audience readers of contemporary women's fiction like "Bridget Jones's Diary, " will enjoy watching Emily trade in her Nikes for Prada in this funny and fabulous, modern retelling of the story of Esther.
Citations And Professional Reviews Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 11/01/2005 page 181
Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 117
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400070422 ISBN13 9781400070428
Availability 0 units.
More About Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt
May Vanderbilt and Anne Dayton were hired at nearly the same time as editors for Broadway in New York. Fast friends, they bonded over their efforts to blend a love for the city with a life of faith. May holds a Master s degree in Fiction from John Hopkins University and a B.A. in English from Baylor University. Anne Dayton is earning her M.A. in English Literature at New York University and has a B.A. in English from Princeton. Both live in Brooklyn."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Emily Ever After?
Light & Entertaining Mar 20, 2007
I didn't realize this was Christian "Chick Lit" until I read the first chapter, but I found this to be a very fun, frothy read. I'm a Catholic Christian, so I found it interesting to read about those Christians who have a real problem drinking, etc. The fact that Emily drinks didn't bother me, although it seemed as though Emily started to drink way too much toward the end, and I can see why that bothers other readers. It just goes to show that being "Christian" doesn't mean you fit into a certain slot--there all kinds of us out there! I liked that Emily seemed to be a typical 20-something; she wasn't prudish or prissy. In all, I found this book to be typical chick lit--light and entertaining--without explicit sex. It was a fun, quickie read.
Misleading Oct 18, 2006
"Emily ever after" is fun and easy to read, however nowhere on the cover (front or back) does it say that this is a religious book about the Christian faith; which I am not. So for someone like me it is confusing, like is drinking alcohol allowed, or is she breaking that rule, but she sticks to not having sex with the boyfriend. I am unfamiliar with the rules so I didn't quiet get what the whole message about Christianity was supposed to be. The rest of the plot line about Emily trying to follow her dream and going to New York was good and interesting to read, but the end with her going back home quite disappointing.
Encore! Aug 9, 2006
EMILY EVER AFTER is like spending the day hanging out with your best friend. She's got a lot going on in her life. You listen eagerly. You can relate. College is behind Emily; life is ahead. The big dreams she's talked about living since she first realized a whole world exists outside her small San Diego town are at last within her reach: She moves to New York City and has a coveted job in publishing, hip new friends, and a boyfriend, gorgeous and debonair. You hear her stories of nights out on the town drinking and being wined and dined, kissed passionately and promised love. You become scared for her; you see her changing to fit into a lifestyle that goes against everything she has ever believed in, her Christian roots.
EMILY EVER AFTER is about cherishing your values, your upbringing, when family and best friends aren't there to remind you of who you are. When there's no one around to appreciate the things you love most - like for Emily, corny jokes and Christmas traditions, church and God. Emily moves to Manhattan with the goal of changing the world, but staying true to herself - notwithstanding her virginity - while falling in love seems to be all the challenge she can handle. When her choices become all or nothing, and the pressure reaches breaking point, she takes a firm stance for the values she believes in. Emily turns the challenge on love and takes on corporate America while she's at it, risking her big dreams for her roots.
So maybe Emily doesn't change the whole world, but in all her fabulous innocence and tenacity, she's sure to make a lasting impression on you. In the end, you're proud to have her as a friend and can't wait to hang out again. A sequel?
Relatable...maybe PG-21 for Christian women?! Aug 2, 2006
Emily's struggles with keeping her morals in the city & her adventures being away from home for the first time were relatable. I would definitely recommend it to any young professional woman...but probably not anyone still in a collegiate setting confined with hormone enraged boys. It's definitely not "Little House on the Prairie" wholesome, but Emily goes through the same struggles myself & most of my friends have when faced with being a minority as a Christian for the first time. A real page turner. I struggled with the first chapter - getting use to writing style - but stick with it & you won't be able to put it down. I look forward to reading it again after I read "Consider Lily".
Flawed Aug 2, 2006
I had read the first chapter or so of this book in my email book club. I enjoyed it, and felt that Emily would be a relatable and interesting character, so when I saw it in my public library, I decided to give it a try. I read the whole thing in about a day, not really because it was great--more so that it was just a very quick, light read. The authors fail to develop some of the most interesting characters beyond mere cliches, and spend too much time on less interesting ones.
Now, I'm not saying the book wasn't cute and amusing--a quick, light, and often funny read. (I almost think Emily's hilarious boss was the highlight of the whole book!) But I, like several other reviewers, was disappointed about the lack of depth of spiritual depth. Emily, in the beginning of the story, seems like she will be the kind of girl to have a strong faith and stand out from the crowd. After all, she always says she wants to change the world. But, instead, she follows the crowd, doesn't even admit she's a Christian to her closest friends, (she only admits she's a Christian to her very closest friend, and stands up for her faith at the very last minute, so that it hardly seems sincere) and begins drinking rather heavily. I thought the authors would use that to show how she'd changed by the end of the book, but it instead shows her laughing with her friends (over multiple beers) about how she refused to drink alcohol the first time they went out to a bar together. Another thing that bothered me was how Emily attended a singles bowling night with Christians from a local church, and repeatedly put them down, portraying them as boring, corny, and behind the times. I sincerely hope that the authors (and am almost sure that it was not their intent) did not mean to put down more conservative Christians, who do not drink and who don't try to be worldly, as Emily does. But, even if the scene was intended to be funny, it fell rather flat.
Overall, the book was cute and funny, but not one that did anything at all spiritually. Emily doesn't change the world, and this book certainly won't change anyone's life.