Penguin Luck by Kay Mupetson is a compelling tale about the burden of family history and the power of luck.


Why did you decide to read this book?

I received a review copy of this novel and I’m glad that I did, because to be perfectly honest the cover would not have spoken to me from the book store shelf! It’s the kind of cover I’d associate with trashy chick lit, and Penguin Luck is not that kind of novel at all!

I’m reading it as part of the ARC Reading Challenge 2010.

Summarise the plot – without revealing the ending!

The novel focuses on the life of Doreen Lowe, a junior law associate who lives in Manhattan with her father Max and three ghosts. Yep, you read that correctly, I did say ghosts – because Doreen is struggling to balance her personal needs and dreams with the ghosts of her father’s past.

This is a tale of families, love, choices and dealing with a conscience.

What did you like about this book?

I liked the unusual insight into the Holocaust and the impact it has on the lives of those who survived and their families. Doreen is haunted by the ghosts of her father’s friends and family; three young children who didn’t survive the atrocity, and measures her personal choices and decisions against their memory.

What didn’t you like?

The spirits appeared in the very first chapter but it wasn’t clear to begin with whether these were ‘Ghost Whisperer’ style spirits or conscience style spirits – I have to admit that it nearly put me off.

What did you think of the main character?

Doreen is definitely a well-crafted and likable character. Her personal struggles made me think about the reasons behind the choices I make in my life.

Share a quote from the book

“Whenever I was with Peter, I noticed that everything reminded me of Ty, making me long to call him, see him, touch him. That posed a serious problem, being that I was engaged to Peter, and I remained determined to somehow make that marriage happen.”

What did you think about the ending?

I found the ending of this booking very satisfying. I can’t say any more than that or I’ll ruin the book!

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