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Lynn Messina
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Jan. 1 2004 Red Dress Ink Novels
Welcome to Tallulahland. Population: Growing.

Tallulah West thinks she's got everything figured out, from her interrupted career path to the men in her life. (Career path = anything to displease Dad. Nick = trusty best friend. Dad = see career path.) But when her world is turned upside down (again), not everyone acts accordingly and nothing goes as planned.

Once upon a time Tallulah was happy to follow in her father's footsteps. But then her mom died. Now she'd rather toil away for a hack designer than work on her own designs and lay claim to all that comes with being the only daughter of furniture-designing royalty. Which is a shame -- because Tallulah has so much talent.

Nick knows the truth -- that she's a little too good at making bad decisions -- and has no qualms about interfering in her life. But only after she finds the deed to a plot of land in North Carolina, an unexpected final gift from her mother, is she propelled into action. Accompanied by Nick and an excitement she hasn't felt in years, Tallulah heads south. She's following her mother's dream, but somewhere in the underbrush of an undeveloped plot of land, she finds her own.

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Messina's debut, Fashionistas, offered readers a delightful romp through the world of fashion magazines, but her second novel, in which a self-defeating young industrial designer struggles to recover from the death of her mother and find happiness, is more like a shuffle. Tallulah, known as Lou, is the daughter of a famous designer ("every modern art museum in the world has something of his on display"), but rather than employ her own considerable talents at the family firm, she's an office drudge for a second-rate designer of trash cans. This, she reasons, will punish her father for falling in love with another woman so soon after her mother's death ("imagine: Joseph West's daughter working as a gofer for an obsolescence-monger"). When Lou gets fired, her spunky friend Hannah, who's crashing on her couch while plotting her way into a former classmate's movie, is there to cook delicious food and preach optimism and organization. During a cleaning sweep, Lou discovers that her mother has left her land in North Carolina. Now's her chance to make her dreams come true: she sells the land for a pile of money and uses the cash to start her own design business, Tallulahland. Meanwhile, Lou's slowly falling in love with her best friend, Nick, a web developer from a family of diplomats. "As a baby, he suckled on the milk of conciliation and was swaddled in tact," Lou thinks. Such self-consciously clever and distancing language-which Messina uses throughout-detracts from what might otherwise be a sweetly comic story of love and healing.
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Tallulah West, the loveable heroine of Messina's second novel, is in a rut. The daughter of famed designer Joseph West, she works for the unimaginative Marcos Medici. Her father offered her a job, but she can't bring herself to work for him, or to forgive him for moving on so quickly after her mother's death. Even with the encouragement of her friend, Nick, the sexy, sweet son of a diplomat, she can't bring herself to ask her father for a loan to start the design company she's always dreamed of. When Marcos unexpectedly fires her, Tallulah's friend, Hannah, a wanna-be actress, encourages her to organize her life. She does, and discovers a deed to property her mother owned in North Carolina. Excited by the prospect, she convinces Nick to go with her to see the property. There, Tallulah finds something she hasn't felt in a long time: hope. Readers should take a trip to Tallulahland; this funny, engaging novel is even better than Messina's first. Kristine Huntley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Read March 9 2004
By Kristen
Lynn Messina's second Red Dress Ink novel is a sheer delight to read. The story is fast-paced and a different take on the life of the single girl in the city that readers can't seem to get enough of these days.
Tallulah West is an aspiring designer whose father is well-known in the field. However, she doesn't want to use her father's connections because of the anger she feels towards him over the way he handled her mother's death. There is much to be resolved here, and Tallulah must face this personal issue before she can muster the courage to go out and make it on her own, career-wise. The secondary characters, Nick and Hannah, also add to the action. Both are well-meaning, and if weren't for the two of them, Tallulah would likely be stuck as someone's assistant forever.
The story is somewhat predictable, but so what. It's fun and refreshing and a great springtime read. If you are a fan of the series or if this is your first Red Dress Ink read, you'll enjoy your visit to Tallulahland.
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I thought Lynn Messina's Fashionistas was a fun, quick read. Messina is back with Tallulahland. This is the story of a young woman whose life is in a standstill. She's inherited her parents' ability to design chic furniture, but has thus far settled for gopher work. She does it to spite her father. After all, he showed little respect for her mother's passing by getting involved with someone else just a few months after she died. However, things take an unexpected turn when Tallulah discovers that she owns land in North Carolina...
Tallulahland is a major improvement from Fashionistas. The reader actually gets to know Tallulah in a personal level -- something that was notably absent in Fashionistas, for the aforementioned novel centers on office politics and lacks character development. I loved Tallulahland's crisp dialogue, fun situations and great characters. Hannah is an outrageous and eccentric character that made the novel all the more fun. Red Dress Ink has released another entertaining novel. Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang out... Jan. 7 2004
By A Customer
I wonder if Lynn Messina is anyting like her characters, because if she is, she'd be one of the few females that I'd love to hang out with. Tallulah can't find her backbone but she's become best friends with her sarcasm, indecisiveness, and regard for friendship. Nick was the annoying know-it-all who sounded cute and made me want to read about him on every page because I enjoyed his presence. He WAS literally Tallulah's backbone and the camp scene was so fun, I wish I was back in my girl scouting days.
Hannah was Tallulah's extravagant, vindictive side and Tallulah's father, Lou, is her cool, even-tempered side. Altogether they make a very entertaining person. And apart? They frustrate me. Just like Fashionistas (her first book), I didn't want the book to end and would've thoroughly enjoyed the article on Marcos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique humor + emotional punch Jan. 26 2004
By A Customer
This book has the same quirky, laugh-out-loud humor as Messina's debut Fashionistas. What surprised me about this book is how much raw emotion there is in it. Tallulah is dealing with her mother's death and the fact that her father has already moved on and married again, and she is punishing both herself and him for what she perceives as his betrayal. The characters are very funny and real and their story is engaging and entertaining. Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars i do pictures not words - sorry! March 1 2004
ok so i'm useless with the word thing, but i absolutely loved this book. i was really excited to see how Lynn's 2nd book would be as i'd really enjoyed fashionistas....it didn't disappoint hurrah! i just wish it hadn't ended. it was laugh out loud on the bus funny and one morning i almost cried (managed to hold it together like a grown up) Lynn has done it again can't wait for number 3 hopefully next year????
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