written by Hilary Grossman
published by Booktrope, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I really did. This was a fantastic read that had me glued to my Kindle from beginning to the end.
Annabel is a working mom of two adorable children, and she has a wonderful husband. They are living a pretty good life. The major snag in Annabel’s seemingly perfect life is her mother, Bea. Bea is very opinionated, rather stubborn, and sometimes just a bitch. Annabel just wants her mother to show that she loves her and her children. However, there is way more to this story than what meets the eye.
I can’t go into too much about the story itself or the arcs of the characters for fear of giving away some major plot lines. I will say this: Plan Bea is a great example of the fact that everyone . . . everyone . . . has a story, a history. Nobody’s life is easy or perfect as they may lead you to believe. Ms. Grossman does a great job getting you to like all the characters, down to the kids, and she even has a few surprises up her sleeve. I didn’t see them coming. There was a bit of a cliffhanger. Bit isn’t quite the right word . . . When will the next book be out?!?!?!?!? I can’t wait. (Please don’t get me wrong, the cliffhanger does not in any way spoil the book for me. It just makes you want to read more.)
All in all, Plan Bea was a great read. You’ll laugh, cry, hope, wonder, shake your head, and gasp. At least, those were a few of the reactions I had.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Any chick lit or women’s fiction lover should read Plan Bea.
About the book – from Goodreads: How well do you really know the people in your life?
Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.
Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.
In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.
About the author: Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addition to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island.
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