Novella Review: Revenge of a Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson

Revenge of a Chalet Girl: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance Novella

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Review:

I was a bit disappointed with Revenge of a Chalet Girl.  I really enjoyed the story until Josh’s fiancée arrives in town, and then I was so irritated with him for letting her take advantage of him.  Amy’s behavior also borders on  stalkerish, and some of her decisions made me cringe.

Amy has the shock of her life when she discovers that her ex, Josh, is going to be a guest at the chalet where she’s working temporarily.  He left her shortly after college, without a word, and then her grandfather unexpected passed away, leaving Amy in a cesspool of depression.  Unable to focus on her life goals, she drops out of the teacher training courses she’d been so excited to take.  Her worried parents insist she seek professional help, and she was diagnosed with clinical depression.  Medications only made her feel  like a zombie, so Amy ran away from her past instead.  Temp jobs and temp boyfriends have been her standard operating procedure.  Her current job has the promise of mountains, skiing…and an awkward reunion with the only man she ever really loved.

Josh and his buddies are renting rooms at the chalet for a stag party. His.  When Amy discovers that he’s engaged to be married, she teeters on the edge of depression again. She has always secretly hoped that Josh would track her down and declare his undying love.  The reality of their reunion is a complete nightmare. 

I thought Amy would try to get revenge for Josh leaving her, based on the title of the novella.  Instead, she chickens out of plans to get back at him.  She still thinks that there’s a chance they will get back together…until it’s revealed that the stag party is for him. A chance meeting with his bride-to-be reveals that she is just marrying him for his money, and now Amy is going to make Josh see the error of his ways.  He can’t marry Juliet because she’s a cheating witch.  Josh, of course, doesn’t believe her, which leads to some very.  Poor. Decisions.  on Amy’s part.  I found her efforts to prove to Josh that he was making a mistake a little pathetic.  Josh thought that she was trying to turn him against Juliet in an attempt to get back together with him.  That just irritated me.  He already proved that he wasn’t the most noble guy around by leaving her without a word after college.  His actions were cowardly and immature, and after he explained that he did it because they were too young to get married, I thought he sounded even more selfish than before.  His father convinced him that Amy would resent him later if they married, and he bought it hook line and sinker, without even giving her the opportunity to convince him otherwise.

Juliet was a one-dimensional villainess, crowing at her ability to fool Josh into marrying her.  She’s going to continue to do as she pleases after the wedding, and because Josh is such a nice guy, he’ll never suspect a thing.  I kind of thought Josh deserved her, because he turned his back on the love of this life with little regard to Amy’s feelings. Sure, afterwards he realized that he had made a mistake, but that wasn’t until after several empty relationships.  He has just assumed that the special rapport he shared with Amy would be duplicated in every relationship afterward.  I don’t think he ever repented for abandoning her, and that he didn’t deserve her.

Grade:   C

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REVENGE OF A CHALET GIRL

All she wants for Christmas is…revenge.

When chalet girl Amy Wright finds her ex’s name on Chalet Repos’ guest list she sees her chance to get back at him – Josh Carter, the guy who broke her heart. Getting revenge without losing her job will be tricky but luckily the other chalet girls are on hand to offer their support. Pretty soon she’s in too deep and realises she doesn’t want to hurt him anymore. She wants him back.

There’s just one teeny complication…