The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan by Whitney Dineen – My Review


What’s it all about:

Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family.

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding.

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him.

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows.

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough.


This is the first book that I have read by Whitney Dineen and after finishing Mimi (as I’ve so affectionately come to nickname her) I’ve decided that I need more. More of Mimi and more by Whitney.

In The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, we follow loveable Mimi, who has just had the news broken to her, rather callously, that she has a bunion. This news goes down like a lead balloon and from the moment that she leaves the doctor’s office in her upset state and heads straight to a drive-thru for a burger, I knew I was going to love her. The fact she names her bunion Edith tickled me too. Edith actually came to life for me in this book and became a character in herself.

Mimi is at a pretty low place when we meet her. She feels she’s the black sheep of her family, that she’s not perfect aesthetically or academically and seeks comfort in food so the fun really starts at her Weight Watchers meeting where she meets Kevin, an old school friend who is in the same boat at the moment. His wife has left him (pregnant to another  man, if you please!) and he has piled on weight. Together, they reform a solid friendship and I loved the way they had each others backs. When they felt like falling off the wagon, they were each others rocks, when Mimi needed someone to be a true guy friend and sought advice on how to make another man feel a twinge of jealousy, Kevin was there for her. Although that scenario quickly became a comical nightmare for Mimi when the pair had to think fast after being caught fake-kissing to make HIS ex jealous by the object of Mimi’s affections. Kevin thus became her ‘gay’ bff.

Now, let me tell you all about the hot piece of Brit referred to above. Elliot Fielding. Elliot. Fielding. British bestselling author and well-spoken gentleman who has a sexy side that you wouldn’t necessarily expect with his cool persona but hello sailor. When his jealous side did come out, I loved it! After an epic fail of an introduction and a few disaster encounters later, it becomes clear that these two are meant for each other. I wanted nothing more than to bang their heads together at one point, the sparks were there, but Elliot just cannot seem to make that move. Of course, his ‘complicated’ relationship with fellow Brit doesn’t help matters.

Mimi comes to a point though where she realises she can’t hang around for Elliot to make his mind up. She deserves better than being treat like he does. Enter Richard Bingham, Mimi’s very own Mr Big when she heads out to New York City for work. I found it hard not to fall for him a little too. He offers her his heart and his everything, all Mimi has to do is say the word; but will she? Elliot or Richard. Elliot or Richard. It’s tough choice for her and I wasn’t sure exactly what would happen.

This book was full of action. Fast paced with laugh out loud moments, beautiful friendships and two brilliant book boyfriends to have a drool over. If you like your romance with a side of comedy, this is definitely the book for you and is the perfect beach read.


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About Whitney


While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.

When she wasn’t modeling, she was in the kitchen, baking delights to share with friends. Soon, her friends began asking her to send baskets of her wonderful candies and cookies to business associates, agents and production studios. Word spread like wildfire, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whitney’s sensational creations are still in great demand by her loyal celebrity clientele.

During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor.

In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers The first of which,Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory, is nearing completion.

Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have recently relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens and organic vegetables.

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