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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite
Twenty-nine and a Half by Eva Phillips is a wonderful story for anyone who enjoys gutsy and well-written female characters. Not that Olivia particularly enjoyed flying with her boyfriend, Henry, but when he stands her up at the airport with flimsy excuses of the fog and the clouds, she instinctively decides to fly to Spain alone. She meets Hugo, and what starts out as playful quickly morphs into an affair that puts her in a position where she finds it hard to choose between Henry and Hugo. In order to keep them both, she will have to lie, and scheme, and get into trouble — even with the police. While she is pulled into a whirlpool of adventure that takes her to exotic places and parties, she will have to make hard choices or lose the one thing most important to her. But will she continue on a downward spiral?
A fascinating chick-lit story that had me enamored of the characters and reading until the wee hours of the morning. Olivia Eliot is a character I liked, a girl who is outgoing and has a great sense of humor. As she becomes involved with even more than her boyfriend, wasting her time and energy at parties, she does not realize that she is also destroying the one thing she has got — her career. Eva Phillips does a great job in writing about the inner world of the characters, especially the protagonist, and as readers follow Olivia, they see in her the problems that young women face as they navigate a competitive career world while looking for a foothold in love. The characters are likable, the prose beautiful, and the plot filled with interesting and emotionally strong moments. This is a character-driven story with great lessons and a lot of entertainment.