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Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

A Novel

Author: Jacqueline Firkins

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned


About This Book

In this romantic women’s fiction about second chances, a young woman escapes to LA to start fresh after a failed career and broken engagement. While she finds a sweet, unexpected romance, the story’s heart is this woman’s journey to rediscover herself, find her voice, and take control of her own narrative.

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In Marlowe Banks, Redesigned, Jacqueline Firkins wonderfully captures the messiness of failure, forgiveness, and embracing a second chance on life and love.

Marlowe Banks’s life has come apart at the seams. Her engagement ended abruptly. Her latest costume design was shredded by critics. Her student loans are overdue. Her parents have never been more disappointed. Desperate to hide from her failures, Marlowe flees New York City to embrace invisibility in Los Angeles as a menial Production Assistant on a popular TV show. While sorting socks and taking care of her boss’ spoiled Weimaraner, no one can confront her poor artistic choices or the end of her engagement, the end her ex refuses to accept.

When a costume mix-up requires Marlowe to step into in a scene, the camera catches a heated look between her and Angus Gordon, the show's arrogant bad boy, thrusting Marlowe into the spotlight. As the pair is forced together on set, Marlowe learns she's not the only one hiding. Walls come down for both of them, revealing a life Marlowe isn't sure she's ready for, and when her past comes calling, she has to decide if she's going to stay invisible or if it's time for a redesign.

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St. Martin's Griffin



In The News

"Splendidly entertaining love story that delivers an abundance of clever banter and triple-digit sexual chemistry."
Booklist (starred review)

"Marlowe Banks, Redesigned
is a spectacular book that starts with a look and ends in a young woman finally finding herself. Perceptive, heartfelt, and perfectly romantic, Marlowe’s story is an uplifting celebration of how failure never has to define us. The romance is sizzling hot, the commentary on the drawbacks of exposure in the age of social media is on point, and the writing is the perfect mix of humorous and poignant. But my favorite thing about Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is the setting: it’s clear that Jacqueline Firkins knows the world of costume design, and she wove millions of fascinating details into a uniquely sensory experience. A sparkling, charming novel everyone should read!"
– Ali Hazelwood, author of The Love Hypothesis

“Reading this book feels like spending time with a dear friend. A smart, sexy treasure of a romance stitched together with warmth, flair, and compassion. Jacqueline Firkins is an author to watch.”
–Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk

"Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is ready for its close-up. It's delightfully fun, thoughtfully charming, and poignantly honest. The cast of characters are genuine and diverse, the love story raw and sweet, while the themes of friendship, expectations, and perception versus reality are relatable. I truly enjoyed this book."
–Sophie Sullivan, author of How to Love Your Neighbor

"Smart, sweet and utterly charming, Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is a delicious enemies-to-lovers tale about finding the inner strength to pursue your dreams. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and loved every moment!"
– Sara Desai, author of The Singles Table

"As comforting as the perfect pair of jeans, this sweet, funny, and sexy book is filled with memorable characters and a swoony slow burn romance. I loved the glimpse into the world of Hollywood TV sets and costume designers. Marlowe and Angus’s connection seemed so real, despite the Tinseltown setting, and it was so satisfying to see their connection grow. This book is such a delight!"
—Farah Heron, author of Kamila Knows Best and Tahira in Bloom

"Firkins delivers on every front – sweet, smart, and utterly satisfying, Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is a treat for romance readers everywhere."
—Elizabeth Everett, author of A Perfect Equation

"With sparkling banter, incisive humor, and an authoritative glimpse of television's controlled behind-the-scenes chaos, Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is a slow-burn love story about taking chances, and the exhilarating feeling of finally being truly seen. The chemistry between the leads is tangible, and the supporting cast is relatable and real. I loved it—five shining Hollywood stars!"
—Jen Devon, author of Bend Toward The Sun

"Marlowe Banks, Redesigned, is an absolute treasure. I couldn't put down this Hollywood love story filled with style, steam, and second chances. Jacqueline Firkins is an author to watch and her story will leave you smiling."
—Denise Williams, author of The Fastest Way to Fall

"Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins pulled me in with an endearing cast of characters who slowly reveal themselves layer by layer and a fascinating behind the scenes look at the world of costuming. Get cozy and savor this read! "
USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson

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Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned