Frankel’s ‘Skinnydipping’ a fun summer read

If you don’t know who Bethenny Frankel is, then you obviously aren’t a fan of reality TV, liquors designed for women, or diet and nutrition books.

Frankel gained fame as one of the “Real Housewives of New York,” as well as being on the Martha Stewart version of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and having TV shows of her own, including “Bethenny Gets Married” and “Bethenny Ever After.”

In addition to being a reality star, Frankel has written three books on diet and nutrition and created her own line of signature “Skinnygirl” cocktails and beauty products.

Now, Frankel incorporates those life experiences in her first work of fiction, “Skinnydipping.”

Faith Brightstone, is a lively, opinionated gal who, after graduating from college, is out to set the world on fire. Only the world isn’t exactly cooperating with Faith’s big plans.

Faith moves from New York to Los Angeles to connect with her estranged father and finds that the Hollywood lifestyle she anticipated is a little much. So after trying to survive the parties, the extreme personalities and the lack of career success, Faith hightails it back to New York City.

Once back in the Big Apple, Faith tries her hand at developing a muffin-baking business and meets a guy. Just when it looks like things are about to take off in business and love, she is tapped to be a part of a reality TV show called "Domestic Goddess.”

As Faith competes with other contestants to see who will become the next “Domestic Goddess” and works with diva Sybil Hunter (think "Celebrity Apprentice"), she discovers that the guy she’s crazy about is actually Sybil’s son, a twist she didn’t expect. Will she ever get her act together in time to find happiness and love?

“Skinnydipping,” with all its not-so-subtle references to Frankel’s real life, is a hilarious, fast-paced and often scandalous story that is a lot of fun to read, perfect for summer.

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