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Publication Order of Slightly Books

Slightly Single (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Settled (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Engaged (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Married (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Suburban (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Slightly is a series of women fiction books written by an award-winning American author of more than seventy books with more than 3 million copies sold worldwide Wendy Corsi Staub. Under her real name, Ms. Markham has achieved New York bestselling status with her standalone psychological suspense novels. The novels she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have appeared in Barnes and Noble, USA Today and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Slightly series follows Traci Spadolini recollecting herself in order to improve her life and find true love with a lousy job, boyfriend gone missing and a few extra pounds on her. Wendy Markham began the publication of Slightly series in 2002 when Slightly Single the first book in the series was published. The series ran six years lasting five novels and concluding with Slightly Suburban in 2008.

Slightly Single

For any girl who has ever endured a long, scorching summer on her own then Slightly Single is the summer breeze that you have been waiting for!

A heat wave in Manhattan is sufficient enough to drive any girl crazy, and for Trace Spadolini, a woman in her early 20’s a New York transplant who has been left behind for the summer, there is, even more, to sweat about. Her other half, William will be returning from summer stock in September, to pick up from where the left off.

However, in the days of Will’s departure, Trace decides that it be time for a reality check. Her East Village apartment is un-air-conditioned, dump, her job sucks, and her thighs keeps on getting bigger and bigger each dawn, and Will seems to have vanished into thin air. So Tracey with the help of her few good friends and one handsome and attentive guy decides to spend her summer refocusing and reinventing herself and also taking a chance on liking the new woman she has become. The first in Slightly series is a refreshing, genuine account of universal female dilemmas, an engaging story of a young woman’s search for love and happiness.

Tracey is the main character. She is likable, relatable and possesses many of the characters any woman would wish to have. She is loyal, nice and considerate but unfortunately to her misfortune, none of these good traits get her anywhere. Her fiancé decides to leave for New York for summer stock and doesn’t seem to want Tracey with him. Additionally, to her misfortune, Tracey’s boss is a jerk who wants her to run his personal errands and lastly Tracey is dismayed at the image she sees looking back at herself in the mirror.

Tracey does not know whether she will survive all hot summer by herself in her New York City dump apartment while her man is away. So she decides that it be time to reinvent herself and starts by deciding to shed off those extra pounds on her thighs, start saving more money and begin reading classic novels she has not read for a long time. However, her reinventing journey is never an easy one as she often wallow’s in pity, but she is often fast enough to rethink quickly on her feet. She has her moments when she stumbles and falls down, but she is the type of character that does not stay down for long. Along the way, she meets great friends she can lean on, who offer her a helping hand.

The relationship between Will and Tracey is vividly described, and it shows how someone who is really distant and cold can really affect someone who is “attached” and needs much attention. The way that Tracey kept on hoodwinking herself about her man despite her instinct that he was and had been unfaithful is vividly and convincingly written. At times you would want to smack her in her face for being so naïve and unrealistic, but on the other hand, you would hate Will for being such a twitch. The secondary characters in the novel are vividly described, likable and relatable as well. For example, Buckley, the young man Tracey meets is a likable character. He Tracey’s good friend but who has more than platonic feelings towards her. The novel underlying theme is self-discovery that the journey to self-realization solely depends on you, not your loved ones, not even your lover and it is never an easy path. It is full of challenges, which can be easily overcome.

Slightly Settled

Slightly Settled is the second book in Slightly series by Wendy Markham. Remember Trace Spadolini from Markham’s bestselling novel Slightly Single? Well, she is back, looking and feeling great. However, this time, she is not slightly single, but instead, she is somewhat settled. First, she ignores her top “Don’ts” for the office party and thanks to this she lands herself a boyfriend who also happens to live with her new boss. Also to Tracey’s happiness, she is also expecting a promotion.

However, soon Tracey finds herself an object of desire not from her current boyfriend, not from her ex-boyfriend, but from a man she used to think that he was Mr. Right. So when Tracey’s life gets better, it gets even more complicated.

Slightly Wicked

At last Tracey is dating Jack Candell, but the couple cannot seem to agree on anything. When her best friend Buckley suddenly breaks his relationship, Tracey assists him to pick up the broken pieces of his hear- and is surprised to find out that he may have fallen in love with her.

Tracey is the type of character who gets better with every book and hence causing you to like every intensely. After being tortured by her relentless expectations of a proposal from Jack in the previous novel, things seem to be getting better on this novel. Jack Candell finally proposes, and she immediately says yes. Tracey embarks on making wedding preparations. She finally has a ring on her finger, and as expected it is time to take their love to the next level. However, all of a sudden, things seem not to be working out for the couple- (Jack and Tracey cannot agree on a thing).

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