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HAPPILY EVER BEFORE [Kindle Edition]

Aimee Pitta , Melissa Peterman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two sisters, one drunken pact and a choice that changes their lives forever.

HAPPILY EVER BEFORE is best described as the comedic literary love child of the hit film’s Bridesmaids and Baby Mama. It is the story of two sisters, who while watching a Lifetime movie marathon (of course!) make a drunken pact that has more unconventional consequences than anything Lifetime could program.

HAPPILY EVER BEFORE, a fractured fairytale, tells the story of Grace, the free spirit older sister, who promises Clair, her wound-too-tight younger sister, that she’d have her baby, should the need ever arise. But she certainly never thought she’d have to “deliver”.

Now everyone, from Clair’s WASP-y in-laws to Diane, Grace and Clair’s mom, who has put her own life on hold, to Clair’s husband, Henry, who has a compulsive need to give Grace bizarre and overly personal pregnancy gifts, to George, Grace’s best friend who now needs to find a new drinking buddy, are dealing with situations they never dreamed of.

As the sisters are faced with hormonal surges, new romances, and a calcium enriched diet, they are forced to navigate this new family dynamic and test their sisterly love in ways that keep the reader laughing out loud.

Early reviews say HAPPILY EVER BEFORE:

“…is a fractured fairy tale with a bushel of wit and a side of pizzazz. It’s a laugh-out-loud comedy that will keep readers enthralled from the very first page.
-Paige Crutcher---Examiner.com

“We absolutely love this new book and we think you will too!"
-Megan Sayers, ModernMom.com

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About the Author

Author and actress Melissa Peterman currently star's in ABC Family’s new hit series “Baby Daddy” Peterman is best known for her starring role as "Barbra Jean" on the ever-popular series "Reba”. Aimee Pitta, is an Award winning Writer/Producer and Marketing Executive with over 20 years experience creating cutting edge theatrical marketing campaigns Melissa and Aimee met at Book Club, which over the years devolved into Eating Club, and then, into the ether. They maintained their friendship and always toyed with the idea of writing together. While brainstorming one day, Melissa and Aimee hit upon the concept for "Happily Ever Before" and when Aimee suggested that it might make a great book, Melissa gamely went along and this is their “baby”. Melissa currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Aimee currently resides in Los Angeles with her couch and DVR.

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  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481083929
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BU6ZUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get a copy editor January 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As another reviewer said, the story idea was appealing but the completely incoherent punctuation, the constant random switching of tense within paragraphs and often within a single sentence, and the general misuse of words made it too difficult to get through. I don't say this to be pedantic; an informal style is fine -- it's simply that having to read so many sentences more than once to even figure out what was meant was just too distracting from what might have been an entertaining storyline. You see this way too often in self-published Kindle books. Writers, please, please have someone with experience copy edit your work, and be solid with basic grammar and punctuation to start with. For these two particular writers, please learn the difference between "to" and "too." "Have too," "related too," "want too," etc., might be a typo if it happens once. When it happens six times in the first third of the book, it seems more like you should review third-grade English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so very sweet and real April 13, 2014
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I gave this book a 5 star rating because it was one of the most heartfelt and lovely stories of family and the bond. I would recommend anyone read it carefully and then read it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful March 7, 2014
By ITPR
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I love the characters in this book. They made me laugh and cry. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I just love my kindle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! September 17, 2012
By Marie
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a VERY funny book. I started it and did not put it down until I was finished reading. (tough day ahead as it was in the early A.M.) Give it a try. You will be engaged and laugh throughout. Can't wait for the second book! (hint hint)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This would be a great movie! April 4, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was hilarious. There were times while I was reading that I laughed out loud startling my husband who was peacefully minding his own business. I usually try to keep a book running along gradually so I can enjoy a little reading each night before bed, but I went through this one quickly. I lost myself in the comedy. Please, someone make this into a film! I can already imagine the cast of the movie; Kristin Wiig playing Grace with her hair dyed black and Kate McKinnon to play the younger sister Clair. So if you want a nice story, with great comedy, and a little romance; pick Happily Ever Before!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny, real & charming March 26, 2014
By MD Diva
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Charming, funny, sweet, loving & entertaining. Very real characters with modern day problems. Something for all adult women to identify with. Loss, family, tears & laughter. We all may age, but still strive to find ourselves & that is okay! I look forward to reading another book by these funny & highly entertaining ladies. Easy fun read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! March 27, 2014
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I loved everything about this book. I can't wait to read the next one. It has been a while since I felt so invested with the characters in a book. This book made me laugh out loud and left me teary-eyed. You will need to get past the poor editing, but you will be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily ever before March 29, 2014
By D
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Very sweet sweet story it was funny and heartwarming but whoever was proofing this book needs to do a much better job since the grammar errors were numerous throughout the book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This book had me laughing out loud and I did not want to put it down until I'd read the final page.
Published 3 days ago by C. Testroet
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant surprise.
Good read. At one point I was laughing so hard I had tears. A nice surprise.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A grammatical mess!
I liked the story line and the characters were engaging but my goodness! Did anyone proof and edit? If so, who? A 2nd grader? Read more
Published 21 days ago by Marie-France
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever Before
I enjoyed this book very much. The author did a great job in writing this story. I recommend to all readers.
Published 22 days ago by rlmtampa
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet sweet story!
I liked the story very much, it made me laugh and it made me cry. Maybe it was all in the timing read the story and having thoughts of my baby sister, feeling she didn't care if we... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Meme
3.0 out of 5 stars touching
Funny, easy read. I have a sister, and I could relate to the strong bond between the Grace & Clair.
Published 24 days ago by Marlania Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT read!! Loved it from beginning to end.
Published 25 days ago by Suzie Bracamonte
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother reading, especially if you're a conservative republican....
At rare times this book was slightly funny, but for the most part, was a chore to get through. I hate not finishing a book, so I trudged along. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Teresa M. Thornborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 26 days ago by Val Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
Wasn't the book I expected, was better. I am one of those people who reads anything. But was looking for a sequel as I turned the last page.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Montemayor
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Melissa Peterman & Aimee Pitta

Melissa Peterman currently star's in ABC Family's new hit series "Baby Daddy". Peterman is best known for her starring role as "Barbra Jean" on the ever popular series "Reba." Peterman, who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, made a name for herself when she was cast and performed in over 500 productions in the local production of "Tony and Tina's Wedding" and went on to become a staple on the comedy and improv scene. Peterman produced and starred in CMT's "Working Class", host's the networks #1 game show "The Singing Bee" and is currently working on her first comedy album for Big Machine Records. This past year Peterman toured with Reba McEntire, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. Peterman made her feature film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen Brothers' Oscar winning movie "Fargo." Other film credits include "Dirty Politics," "40 is the New Dead," and "Here Comes the Boom."

Aimee Pitta, a native New Yorker, is an Award winning Writer/Producer and Marketing Executive with over 20 years experience creating cutting edge theatrical marketing campaigns for almost every major studio in Hollywood. Her skills as a writer and marketer have also allowed her to create a niche as one of the top film "retitlers" in the business, and she has titled such films as Playing For Keeps, People Like Us, Mirror-Mirror, No Strings Attached, It's Complicated, Our Family Wedding, The Bounty Hunter, Almost Heroes and the upcoming Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand comedy The Guilt Trip.

Melissa and Aimee met at Book Club, which over the years devolved into Eating Club, and then, well completely disappeared, but they maintained their friendship and toyed with the idea of writing together. While working on some ideas Melissa and Aimee hit upon the concept for "Happily Ever Before" and when Aimee suggested that it might make a great book, Melissa gamely went along and the rest as they say is history.

Melissa currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Aimee currently resides in Los Angeles with her couch and DVR.


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