First Year

On July 21, 2011, in Humor/Comedy - Fiction, by Barbara Schnell
Fiction/Romantic Comedy

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About First Year

Stevie O’Neill, a young LA actress, recklessly marries new love Robert Anderson, a temporary city engineer, and follows him home to South Dakota. There, she discovers that her Hispanic/Irish ancestry doesn’t bother her blue-eyed blond in-laws, but her lack of domestic skills does—a situation Mom Anderson is determined to correct.

This orphaned, metropolitan smartass becomes an unwilling Martha Stewart in a student trailer park—but her life is not all drudgery. In Los Angeles she’s a grunt in an army of wannabe celebrities; in South Dakota she’s a star because of a beer commercial. Her brief fame even gets her a teaching job at the University.

Stevie’s new existence is filled with adventures most city girls never experience—or want to. She goes pheasant hunting; she survives blizzards; she drives the Hereford Queen in the Homecoming parade. She’s thrown into an extended family circle and learns to deal with all that goes with family life.

In the first year of an impulsive, hormone-driven marriage punctuated by misunderstandings and reconciliations, Stevie discovers that her Prince Charming has skid marks in his tights. Should she stick with him? At least for one more year?

Praise for First Year

“It is hard to choose what I liked best about your book—it’s all wonderful. I suppose it was the humor. You have an exceptional heroine in this book and she hooked me immediately…A good, good read. This is a book I’d recommend to a friend.” Writer’s Digest

****1/2 Fantastic–Keeper “…sidesplitting comedy. It’s an entertaining look into a realistic modern-day romance. Schnell’s writing is guaranteed to generate smiles.” Romantic Times

“The epic of the ordinary…very American, very universal, and very entertaining.” James Koenig, Founder/Director of Scandinavia/LA Film Festival

“…engaging and believable. Stevie is an appealing heroine.” Kirkus Discoveries

“…I want to offer you my congratulations. What an amusing story you’ve crafted here! I flew through these pages, cackling throughout. This is a deft, funny, snappy book.” Joyce Engleson,  editor.

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