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By Invitation Only: A Novel

by Jodi Della Femina

St. Martin's Press | August 22, 2013 | Hardcover |

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Nobody knows the Hamptons like Jodi Della Femina, who captures the inside world of love, society, and scandal in this delicious summer page-turner.

Toni Fratelli has a busy summer ahead. 

After several setbacks in Manhattan force her to move home to East Hampton, her To Do list is full. She has to help her father run his popular Italian restaurant.  Start up her own catering company.  And plan, cater, and be the Maid of Honor at her best friend's wedding on the beach.

Unfortunately for Toni, the groom's mother is a competitive New York socialite who'll stop at nothing to make sure her son doesn't marry a local girl - especially on the family's Southampton estate. The biggest caterer in the Hamptons is trying to run her fledgling business out of town.  And worse than anything, Toni seems to be losing her best friend to a circle of snooty bridesmaids.  Everything might be tolerable - if her dad could just stop treating her as if she was seventeen again.

At least Toni finds love.  When she meets a sexy surfer named Chris, it quickly turns into the most romantic summer fling of her life.  But there's more to Chris than his vintage Mustang and used guitar … and he's not sure Toni's going to like the truth.  Before the end of the summer she'll be forced to face her hopes - and fears - as trying to forgive becomes her biggest challenge yet.

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: August 22, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312384750

ISBN - 13: 9780312384753

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By Invitation Only: A Novel

By Invitation Only: A Novel

by Jodi Della Femina

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: August 22, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312384750

ISBN - 13: 9780312384753

About the Book

Femina has spent a lifetime meeting extraordinary people, watching her father's businesses flourish, and working in his famous restaurant on Long Island. From her rarified perspective, she has fashioned a novel about what she knows best.

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Chapter 1 "Have you finished packing?" "All done. Last night." Everything boxed, taped, stacked in a U-Haul, and ready to go. "But what if I have trouble sleeping out there? It’s so quiet. Maybe I’ll need a prescription or something." "You haven’t had insomnia for a while." "No, but I’m not going to be in my bed anymore. I mean, I will—but I won’t. It’s all going to be different. Or the same? I mean"—she takes a deep breath—"I’m going home." A word that was supposed to evoke happy memories. Christmas. Reunions. Birthdays. Home. But today it just makes her feel desperate. "Lots of people move back home, Toni." She notices he said back home. Back in time. Back on the path of her life. "But my father roams around all hours of the night. He makes a pot of espresso at midnight and then wonders why he can’t sleep. He’ll probably keep me up too." "Let’s worry about that when it happens, okay?" She sighs and goes back to staring at the framed poster on the far wall, an explosion of black and gray drips. Dr. Weinberg picks up a chocolate-chip cookie from a plate on his desk. She brought him a dozen this morning wrapped in blue-checked tissue paper, stacked together and tied with white ribbons like a New Year’s Eve firecracker. He tells her again how delicious they are. "Thanks," she says. "Salt. That’s the secret. You always add a dash of salt, but I use extra. It enhances the sweetness. Really o
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From the Publisher

Nobody knows the Hamptons like Jodi Della Femina, who captures the inside world of love, society, and scandal in this delicious summer page-turner.

Toni Fratelli has a busy summer ahead. 

After several setbacks in Manhattan force her to move home to East Hampton, her To Do list is full. She has to help her father run his popular Italian restaurant.  Start up her own catering company.  And plan, cater, and be the Maid of Honor at her best friend's wedding on the beach.

Unfortunately for Toni, the groom's mother is a competitive New York socialite who'll stop at nothing to make sure her son doesn't marry a local girl - especially on the family's Southampton estate. The biggest caterer in the Hamptons is trying to run her fledgling business out of town.  And worse than anything, Toni seems to be losing her best friend to a circle of snooty bridesmaids.  Everything might be tolerable - if her dad could just stop treating her as if she was seventeen again.

At least Toni finds love.  When she meets a sexy surfer named Chris, it quickly turns into the most romantic summer fling of her life.  But there's more to Chris than his vintage Mustang and used guitar … and he's not sure Toni's going to like the truth.  Before the end of the summer she'll be forced to face her hopes - and fears - as trying to forgive becomes her biggest challenge yet.

 

About the Author

Jodi Della Femina is the author of the bestselling Hampton''s guidebook, "Jodi''s Shortcuts." She worked in her dad's landmark East Hampton restaurant, helped start the local paper, "The Independent," and is the co-author of two cookbooks.  She lives in Brooklyn and East Hampton with her husband, three children, and their dog, Daisy.

Sheri McInnis has worked in television, radio and P.R.  She is the author of one other novel and has been writing about the Hamptons for years.

Editorial Reviews

“A frothy summer read.” –InStyle magazine   "Using humor and a “To Do” list that rings true, the authors provide an inside look at the worlds of restaurants and wedding planning through the perspectives of rich, well-developed, and often hilarious characters." --Booklist   "Filled with romance, food, and an insider''s view of the Hamptons." -- 27 East   "A fabulous summer beach read, with the lush atmosphere of the Hamptons glitterati, the warm feeling of old friendships, and the excitement of new romances." -- Parkersburg, W. VA News and Sentinel   "A wonderful story with great characters. I could see this story actually happening due to the terrific story telling.  Fantastic reflection on the Hamptons in the summer." --Night Owl Romance    “Fun, fast-paced and clever, like eating a souffle, only funnier. This book is so hip, even insiders will be keeping a scorecard.” –Steven Gaines, author of Fool’s Paradise and Philistines at the Hedgerow   "Jodi Della Femina has guided many a Hamptonite out of a traffic jam with her infamous Jodi''s Shortcuts books and now she has given us the quintessential beach read full of laughs and heartwarming moments." –Katie Lee Joel, chef and food writer   “A wonderful book that will give you an insider’s look at the big money, big romance, food wars, catering wars, restaurant wars, local newspaper fights and comical vendettas th
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