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Summary

Hetta Coffey is a globe-trotting civil engineer with attitude who is working on coming of age, a little late. Pushing forty and still single, Hetta is the epitome of the "B" word: bold, bossy, brassy, breezy, and brash. After leaving a lifelong swath of failed multinational affairs in her jet stream, it is no wonder Hetta prefers living with her dog, R.J. But old habits die hard, and trolling for triceps is Hetta's hobby.

Plying the waterfront in search of Saturday brunch, Hetta's attention is snagged by a parade of passing yachts - especially their predominantly male skippers - and experiences a champagne-induced epiphany: If she had a boat, she could get a man. In hopes a floating Valhalla will overcome an all-time low-water mark in her life, Hetta buys her dream boat in spite of a spectacular ignorance of all things nautical. But a shadowy stalker, an inconvenient body, and Hetta's own self-destructive foibles imperil not only her new life, but a newly- found romance.

©2011 Jinx Schwartz (P)2008 Books in Motion

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  • Cheri L
  • 04-10-17

Wonderful Outrageous snd Wickedly Funny

I never laughed so much reading a book nor cried so hard at the sad part all the time on the edge trying the guess where the story would take me next. I loved it and the narrator was perfect. Can't wait to read the next ones!!

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  • Maremare13
  • 17-12-16

I really enjoyed this book!

I really enjoyed this book , and will look for more from the series and author! The characters were well developed and believable, I wanted to hang out in their world :-)

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  • Ginger
  • 18-11-15

Delightful!

A delightful little story with a few bad guys, a few good guys and a dog. While it was somewhat predictable, it was so well written that I didn’t mind. Now I understand the term “cozy” mystery. I rather like Hetta, and I am hoping that a few of the other characters will be continuing on, as well. 4.5 stars.

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  • Beatrice
  • 03-07-12

Not enought mystery

This was a funny story with a good plot. The characters are likable and believable. However the mystery doesn't come until the last quarter of the book. The rest of the book is more like a romance novel. But like I said the plot is good. If you want more mystery than romance this is not the book for you.

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  • TamGar
  • 15-12-17

Meh....dragged out! Ok listen, many cliche's

Plot dragged out, unnecessary side ventures that had nothing to do with the story, like her going to her parents! Most was obvious and predictable and I rolled my eyes a lot at how the main character was portrayed at the beginning as this brilliant engineer but did the most predictable stupid things, like going out on the boat by herself! The author had an attempt at humor, most of it was cliché's or old quips revamped a bit. Not my cup of tea, as the cliche goes.

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  • Kimberly
  • 21-04-16

Characters with depth

The plot took a bit to unfold but the author writes very well so it was all fun to listen to. I'm disappointed the book is over and want to listen to the entire series. The heroine is nice but not perfect which I like, she's very human and interesting. All the characters have depth. I loved this novel. I'm a dog lover and thought she did a great job with her relationship with her dog. The heroine feels like a friend

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  • Sharon C.
  • 05-02-16

light & amusing with a sprinkle of danger


l enjoyed Ms Richmond's narration and Hetta's love for her dog made her a much more relatable character than she would have been without him.

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  • sandy64
  • 27-11-12

Easy listening

What made the experience of listening to Just Add Water the most enjoyable?

Very easy to listen to, very enjoyable story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hetta, she is a spunky character

Which scene was your favorite?

sinking his car

If you could take any character from Just Add Water out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hetta, her take on life.

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  • Rebecca
  • 24-09-12

Not terrible, not great.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A little juvenile. VERY light reading (listening), no little grey cells wasted on this one.

Would you recommend Just Add Water to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not.

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  • Ed Patterson
  • 03-09-20

A very enjoyable story and performance

The story did not struggle along like so many do. There are plenty of characters but not so many as to be confusing. You might even learn something about boats.