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Eyelash (Never Say Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Anne Benedetto
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Laina Strickland is exceedingly exasperated because her husband, Dan, influenced her to abandon her New York City career and jointly purchase a Victorian Cape May bed and breakfast. In the blink of an eye, Dan develops his job description into one related solely to playing golf with their guests, leaving Laina frazzled and overwhelmed with the responsibility of operating their business essentially alone.

From New York City to Cape May, New Jersey and extending to Las Vegas, Laina's story evolves into far greater challenges than this ultra-conservative woman of faith has ever imagined. Can Laina gracefully tap dance around the advances of her Las Vegas cousin's shameless, womanizing boss even when their lives are in danger?

Discovering that attempting to walk through life on the narrow road does not exempt us from being exposed to a variety of trying situations, Laina must quickly decide how to survive--both physically and spiritually. Will her marriage to Dan survive, or are they traveling on separate and distant roads?

Curl up with Eyelash for a touch of humor, a bit of mystery, and a sprinkling of inspiration. You will be guided through fascinating family relationships and beyond!

Product Details

  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: A Writer's Presence, LLC (November 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GHI0U8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beach Read July 2, 2010
Mary Anne Benedetto's delighful debut novel "EYELASH" is the ideal accompaniment to a leisurely afternoon at the beach. When empty-nesters Laina and Dan decide to trade their big city lifestyle for a quieter life in a charming seaside community, they have no idea what's in store. The daily challenges and annoyances of their new inkeeping business ultimately escalate into a dangerously suspenseful situation that tests the solidity of their marriage. Laced with mystery, humor, and intrigue this faith-affirming story of midlife transitions is both entertaining and inspiring. Can't wait for the sequel!

Sarah Bruce Kelly
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyelash July 31, 2010
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When a dymamic Manhattan couple with successful careers decide to enjoy the simpler life--managing a bed and breakfast--it is not what they expected. Mary Anne Benedetto skillfully crafts a fascinating novel with surprises, mystery and subtle humor. Her touch is light but her insight is piercing as intrigues multiply from Cape May to Las Vegas. This is for any reader who enjoys tales of a challenging family drama. I was mesmerized to the final page!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyelash (Never Say) November 5, 2012
By Beth
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This book held my interest and was very good. I would have liked a bit more after the resolution to see how Dan helped Laine more with the running of the inn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get through the beginning, you're going to love it! August 17, 2012
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I have to admit that I struggled with this book a little. It has a somewhat slow beginning, but when a book makes me forget that I'm reading and gets me inside the action feeling all sorts of emotions, you can't deny that it is a good book!

This is the story of a couple of professionals who decide to leave the hustle and bustle of New York City to open a bed and breakfast near the city. The first issue is that they don't share the excitement about the decision. It's the husband, Dan, who being sick with his corporate job who wants out and into the entrepreneurship live. On the other hand, his wife Laina, is very happy with her career and the prospect of growth, but in an unexpected turn of events those prospects are cut off and in a swift decision she agrees to move to Cape May to open up the B&B.

And you would think that the business went bad or something and that's the issue. No. Dan, who was the one who wanted the B&B decides to be the entertainment director ( just to titled him something) and leave all the hard work to his wife. I admit that for the large part of the book I was super angry with Dan and wanted to see him suffer greatly. The author's heart is better than mine and she did put him through some hurdles, but I wanted a little bit more.hahaha!

The kicker to this story is that Laina has a cousin, Tia. Who decides to invite her to Las Vegas so that she can catch a break from the life at the B&B. Laina accepts not only because she needs the time away, but because her inconsiderate husband needs to experience how much she does and how much of him is required to run the B&B.

All those who know about my reviews know that I hate to spoil the fun, but let me just say this; I literally read the last two chapters with my mouth open.

This is a great book to read by a poolside or the beach, when you want some lighthearted reading. Good job Mary Anne Benedetto. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyelash May 4, 2012
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Great reading for those who enjoy a little romance,and a little mystery. Didn't want to put the book down. Looking forward to future books by this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Underwhelming June 3, 2013
By Wilson
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Even with this being a free Kindle download, I was still incredibly disappointed with this book. The story line was incredibly slow and underwhelming. The dialogue was some of the worst I have read in years...long, boring monologues that rarely happen in real life conversations, especially between spouses. I am an avid reader and it has been many years since I have not been able to finish a book...until now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy September 29, 2013
By t.perk
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The characters weren't 3 dimensional, the conversations were stilted and the storyline was not well-developed. I cannot recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've just finished it for the second time! August 24, 2013
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The first time I skimmed through this book, not appreciating the in-depth message it brought forth. The story line was so believable and I really enjoyed reading about a place I am familiar with from my childhood. Looking forward to the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ????
This book was okay, I downloade on my Kindle Fire as a free book and I am glad that I didn't pay a couple of bucks for it because I would have been disappointed.
Published 24 months ago by petlover1
5.0 out of 5 stars Local Author Does Good
I read the book because I personally know the author - good job, Mary Anne! Well-written and a good read!
Published on December 19, 2012 by Barb H
2.0 out of 5 stars Insipid, predictable Christian fiction. SPOILER ALERT.
The first thing that bothered me was the 'assumption' that the biker couple, who weren't within the main character's life experience window (very small and narrow window, at that)... Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyelash (never say)
Eyelash was a very well written story about a couple who make a major change in their lives and end up experiencing lots of issues in that process. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by BG
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not hold my attention!
Took too long to get into a story. Not very interesting to me.
Did not hold my attention - did not finish!
Published on September 6, 2012 by Elizabeth A. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Elash
This is a well written book with interesting things happening of any body's daily life. I enjoyed reading it and surprised by the ending. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by leeland
1.0 out of 5 stars I Deleted
Insipid and boring!I tried to finish but the story line was so simple and predictable that I deleted the book from my Kindle.
Published on September 6, 2012 by l_iam
3.0 out of 5 stars Eyelash
OK. Not a wow. A bit unrealistic. Not inclined to read again. Looking for a bit more zip. First book by this author that I have read.
Published on September 6, 2012 by vb68
1.0 out of 5 stars I hope this is a new author
It seems like the ending was rushed, as if the publisher said "the book has to be finished by tomorrow." The plot was implausible, and all the characters are very one dimensional. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by calicoterri
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More About the Author

Mary Anne Benedetto was raised in Southern California, moved to the Albany, New York area in her late teens, and then south with her charming husband, Fred, to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in 2007. Her first novel, Eyelash, was borne as she began writing while she sat on the beach with her girlfriends in Cape May, New Jersey during an annual July "Girls Only Week" in Cape May--a laughter filled vacation that they have enjoyed for almost two decades. Never Say Perfect is her second novel, and she has published 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time! to help people easily capture their life stories and From Italy with Love & Limoncello, which is a travel memoir about four friends visiting Italy on an unguided tour.

As the owner of A Writer's Presence, LLC, she is a Certified Lifewriting Instructor, affiliated with The Soleil Lifestory Network. In addition to working on new writing projects, Mary Anne teaches workshops to help people write their life and family stories, capture the essence of their Christian spiritual paths, and learn about navigating the publishing highways. She thrives on speaking to community groups about the importance of preserving our stories to share with future generations, having been deeply touched by a trip to Hawaii where she toured Pearl Harbor and recalled that her father, Ralph Greene, had been stationed there in the Army on December 7, 1941. She knew virtually nothing about his experiences of that day--because she had never taken the time to ask. She is passionate about influencing others to write their own stories and capture the written life experiences of loved ones before it is no longer possible.

Mary Anne is a wife, mom, and grandmother of three, who loves the challenge of creating new writing workshops and projects because they will ultimately touch the lives of people whom she will never know.

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