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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425238601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238608
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Romance trumps suspense in Spinella's feverishly soapy debut. A phone call from a doctor friend at a Silver Spring, Md., hospital interrupts Mia Montgomery Wells in the middle of her pitch to a potential major investor in her eco-friendly office concept. Mia rushes to the hospital, where she finds her former biker boyfriend, Peyton Flynn McDermott, in a coma in the ICU, the victim of a serious road accident. Thirteen years earlier, Peyton fell in love with Mia when she was a design student at the University of Georgia, but later dumped her because he thought she would be better off without him. As she begins her bedside vigil, Mia flashes back to her turbulent relationship with Peyton, whom she knew to be a dangerous drifter and possibly a serial killer. While Mia realizes her revived passion for Peyton will have serious repercussions for her marriage, she believes fate has given them a second chance to sort out their earlier issues. Some readers may find Mia's actions less than credible. (Jan.)
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"Laura Spinella creates a hypnotically spun tale of romance, mystery and redemption. Warning: Beautiful Disaster will keep you up reading way past your bedtime!"
--Maria Geraci, author of The Boyfriend of the Month Club
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More About the Author

Biographies are a tough sell. John Nash, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller--people who led very readable lives, and yet the movies did better. I'll tell you now, I have no big-screen moments, not even the hint of a Lifetime movie. That said, here we are.

I grew up on Long Island in the 1970s, the daughter of 1940's parents. I was fortunate to have older sisters. They were more convincing in the part, following rules, politics, and parental advice. I bucked the system. I wanted to be a singer, devastated to learn I couldn't carry a tune in a trough. Instead, I wrote. This was something I had an aptitude for, something that pressed boundaries, and I liked that. Looking back, my pedestrian childhood was probably a good thing, having spent more time making up stories than anything else.

Life picked up pace as I went off to college, outlining the idea for my first novel, Beautiful Disaster. Interestingly, I wouldn't write the book for another twenty years. I attended the University of Georgia where I fell in love with a boy, a friend, and the South. It fashioned me into a chameleon of sorts. The North is home, but that evocative place changed me, giving me license and a classroom far beyond J-school where they actually did give me a degree. The South plays an integral role in Perfect Timing as well, though it's a Jersey Girl who wins the day. I suppose it's "write what you know," coming to fruition, and certainly geography has influenced me.

One of my favorite book club questions is, "When did you finally decide to write a novel?" I know there's a dreamier answer than: "When public education took over childcare." But that's the truth. Novel writing is demanding and success is relative. So for now, I'm happy to be in the game and excited for the chance to bring a second novel to readers. An older wiser me says real success is more about heading to my laptop every morning, content and grateful just to be there. In between those marathon writing sessions, Matt and I continue to live with our three exceptional children, two dogs, and two cats in a 100-year old house outside Boston, where there's always a book in progress.

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Great character development with a compelling story.
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From the start of the book until the end of the book, it was a page turner, going from past to present, twists and turns, I loved it!
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Impressive for a first novel and I look forward to reading the next book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Jensen on January 7, 2011
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From the first chapter of Beautiful Disaster I was hooked. Ms. Spinella's debut novel will keep you reading, start to finish. She does a masterful job of weaving the past and present while bringing you characters and a story that are equally mesmerizing. I have not enjoyed a novel this much in some time. Although the book features a Southern backdrop, readers from anywhere will be drawn to Mia and Flynn's story. Reading a book where you find yourself truly rooting for the characters is a rarity. Beautiful Disaster accomplishes this and a great deal more. The author's descriptive talents and dialogue are vivid and genuine, adding to this turn paging novel. In a character driven book, the story is also complete with plenty of twists and turns. My only regret is that there isn't another Spinella novel on the shelf!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Meadows on March 7, 2012
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Let me start by saying, I am not a huge fan of Romance books. In the case of Beautiful Disaster I am more than willing to make an exception. This book captured my interest from page one and held it throughout the entire book. More than just a romance book, Laura Spinella's debut novel contains an intriguing back story that grabbed the mystery/thriller loving portion of my brain and left me chewing on several theories as the story progressed. While this part of the story was by no means the main event, nor really even entirely fleshed out, it kept me reading through the more formulaic romance aspects of the book. And even that portion of the book was above average. Rather than being one dimensional, Spinella's characters were flawed, which only added to their allure. At some point in the book each character was poised to make choices that left me shaking my head and saying, "What were you thinking????" Did the story contain all the formulaic pieces of a typical romance? Yes, it did. BUT -- this was much more than just a boy and girl meet, fall in love, become estranged, get back together, and live happily ever after story. It was a richly told story about people, they choices they make, and the impact throughout their lives of those choices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Smith on April 11, 2014
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This was a well written romance. It was engaging and fast paced, filled with mystery and suspense. I was hooked on each character from the start and couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmorales on November 25, 2012
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I loved this book. I wasn't sure at first but before long I was pulled into the story and I was unable to put it down. There is tragedy and growth in the lives of the main characters but they keep going forward despite circumstances. The story is told really well and the crucial events are slowly revealed which is great for build up. I really can't recommend this book more without adding spoilers, which I won't do. Lovely story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mabel Ellen on October 21, 2012
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Discovered this book because I was looking up Jamie McGuire's book. Started reading it and was hooked. I'm a sucker for a good romance. Therefore I recommend reading this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flip4em on October 18, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book when I was looking for another book called "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire. I read that one first but then this one caught my eye and after reading the sample online I decided to give it a try. I rarely purchase books in paperback format these days but the paperback was half the price of the Kindle version, go figure... Anyhow, it worked out well since my husband has confiscated my iPad lately. I read this book in just over a day and it was well worth the wait to get the paperback and the money. It kind of reminded me of the story of "The Notebook" which is one of my all time favorite books that turned into a movie. Love lost and found again, for sure. The story was well written and I plan to re-read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on October 14, 2012
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I found this book after reading Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire. I wasn't sure that this book would appeal to me, but very soon after I started it- I was hooked. It isn't the typical love story and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. None of the characters were perfect. Each and every character had their own problems that they had to get through during the novel which made it an interesting read. I love that Flynn sports long hair and is a drifter, making him so much different from other main love interests. The story was very well told and I would love to see this author grow and produce more engaging books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xmas Tree Santa on September 7, 2012
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As a UGA grad who attended the school around the time this book is set, I was curious about Ms Spinella's debut. I'm not necessarily a romance reader, but this one was recommended so I gave it a read. TERRIFIC. Ms. Spinella nailed all the details in a page-turning style that made you care about these characters. My only two questions are: WHEN will the next book from this promising author be published, and WHO will play Mia in the movie version of this book!
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