The Misadventures of Oliver Booth
David Desmond
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The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury
David Desmond
Greenleaf Book Group
224 pages
October 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Have you ever dreamed of making it big? Wouldn't it be awesome to have an unlimited expense account, to be able to see the world and act like a big shot for a while? Oliver Booth thinks his ship has finally come in, but it's actually run amok.

Oliver owns an antique shop in Palm Beach, Florida, fully stocked with antique lookalikes except for one interesting piece he bought at an estate sale. He thinks he's very lucky when the well-known Margaret Van Buren comes into the shop and buys the piece. Oliver can hardly afford to have an employee, but he sees that Bernard Dauphin is a born salesman. Margaret Van Buren is so impressed with the antique find that she hires the twosome to travel to Paris to find just the right articles to decorate her home.

What Oliver believes to be his dreams coming true ends up being exactly the opposite. He doesn't know what hits him when he and Bernard get to Paris. Instead of Oliver living the high life like he thought he would, instead the lowly Bernard seems to have everything going his way. It's hard to act like a big shot in Paris when you don't know the language but your "partner" does. The result is one hilarious adventure after another.

The Misadventures of Oliver Booth has the reader laughing from cover to cover. It's been a very long time since I read a more hilarious book - I laughed until tears were rolling out of my eyes. I will never look at high society in the same way. Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it - or something totally different.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Lori Plach, 2009

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