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Review: The Misadventures of Oliver Booth

January 8, 2009


Oliver Booth imagines himself to be much more sophisticated than he actually is.   He owns an “antique” shop off of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.   He hires Bernard Dauphin to be his assistant in the shop.  One day, Palm Beach’s  wealthiest society matron, Margaret Van Buren,  comes in with her grandson who needs to use the restroom.  She purchases the one good piece of furniture in the shop, which had been purchased by Bernard at an estate sale.

Pleased with her purchase, Mrs. Van Buren sends Oliver and Bernard to the Marché aux Puces in Paris to purchase furnishings for her guest house.  Everything Oliver does on the trip backfires on him and he ends up in court, so Bernard does the shopping on his own.

Things become more complicated when they return to Palm Beach and Mrs. Van Buren discovers that Oliver is trying to swindle her and other members of the community.  She comes up with a plan to put Oliver in his place.

The Misadventures of Oliver Booth by David Desmond satires high society.  I think this sentence says a lot – “It’s all about image and status and trying too hard to impress people who have so much money that they really can’t be impressed.”  I found the book to be a good (not great), light read.  It was enjoyable, even though it is predictable and somewhat silly at times.  It was a good book to read during the holidays since there weren’t many characters – it was easy to keep up with what was going on even though I was only able to read it in short spurts.  David Desmond is Donald Trump’s nephew and is currently working on another Oliver Booth book.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2009 7:31 am

    Never heard of this one, but it looks good!

  2. January 8, 2009 7:40 am

    I love that sentence you quoted! Reminds me of some people I’ve known throughout the years. I didn’t know he was related to The Donald!

  3. January 8, 2009 7:51 am

    Sounds interesting, especially considering the author’s connections.

  4. January 8, 2009 8:10 am

    Lovely sentence. I didn’t know the author is Trumps nephew.

  5. January 8, 2009 8:32 am

    This sounds fun. Sometimes you just need a silly book.

  6. January 8, 2009 9:16 am

    lol!! I just read this book yesterday and my review is scheduled for 10:00AM.. looks like you beat me to it!:)

  7. January 8, 2009 9:32 am

    LOL! I have this one to read. Sometimes it stressed me out when bad things won’t stop happening to the main character like the movie Meet the Parents. It’s like enough already!

  8. January 8, 2009 10:31 am

    My brain is just plum pooped out……maybe I need a silly diversion for a change……

  9. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 8, 2009 10:31 am

    It looks silly and fun and sometimes that is just what I need. I’ll have to add this to my list. Thanks!

  10. January 8, 2009 10:55 am

    Sounds like a great book! I’ll be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great week!


  11. January 8, 2009 11:09 am

    I’ll be posting my review tonight or tomorrow! It did make me laugh out loud. 🙂

  12. January 8, 2009 11:10 am

    I’d never heard of this book before but he certainly has some good connections. A silly book is sometimes the perfect thing to read and get away with.

  13. carolsnotebook permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:16 am

    It sounds cute and an enjoyable, easy read. I’ll have to keep it in mind for days when I don’t want to think too much.

  14. January 8, 2009 4:52 pm

    I enjoyed this one, but he’s working on another book about Oliver Booth? I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

  15. January 8, 2009 5:04 pm

    Sometimes the brain does need a little candy! This actually sounds like fun.

  16. January 8, 2009 6:25 pm

    This looks fun. Sometimes you need something light. I have an award for you on my blog. Check it out!

  17. January 8, 2009 8:07 pm

    I’ve seen this one floating around. Had no idea it was Donald Trump’s nephew – so I guess his writing must draw from some of his real life maybe!

  18. January 8, 2009 11:14 pm

    Sounds hilarious! 🙂

  19. January 9, 2009 10:55 am

    I liked it for what it was. The storyline was “eh” but I liked Oliver. I just wish the book had more of his antics and less of the Bernard/Buyer storyline.

  20. January 9, 2009 4:15 pm

    Hummm..I guess I am sort of on the fence on this one… but I do like silly here and there….sounds like a great December read. Interesting about the author connection.

  21. January 10, 2009 7:40 am

    I wasn’t crazy about this book but I have to admit that I just had to laugh at the absurdity in places.

  22. January 10, 2009 9:38 pm

    I keep seeing this all over the internet. I think I am the only one who hasn’t read it…lol!

  23. January 11, 2009 10:34 am

    I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately–I love a good satire so I might check it out.

  24. January 12, 2009 11:30 am

    This sounds like a fun one!

  25. January 13, 2009 10:35 pm

    Not really my cup of tea but nice piece of trivia about him being Trump’s nephew!

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