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in Polyester Pajamas [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Dougherty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When women talk, they talk about EVERYTHING . . .

Jean and Rosie, opposites in every way, are dealing with different aspects of their lives when they find themselves working side-by-side in the same real estate company. Despite reluctance, they also find themselves teaming up for some new mid-life adventures filled with excitement, romance and plenty of drama.

As they become better acquainted, a friendship begins to form. They laugh, cry, and even fight together. Until finally, during a slumber party and while sporting polyester pajamas, they entrust their lives completely to each other and share their deepest, darkest secrets.

Through it all, they discover how truly wonderful having a best friend, at any age, can be. If you’ve ever had or needed a best friend, have wondered what life was all about, have been ashamed of something you’ve done in the past, or if you’ve ever lost someone you loved with all of your heart, then you MUST read this book!

Praise for in Polyester Pajamas:

“In Polyester Pajamas is at once gutsy, poignant, tear-inducing, and wickedly funny. I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced love, loss, heartbreak, happiness, and new beginnings. In short, In Polyester Pajamas is for everyone. It’s a brave, ballsy, brightly colored novel by a brave, ballsy, brightly colorful writer. Bravo, Catherine Dougherty.” —Jennifer Niven, author of Velva Jean Learns to Drive, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Becoming Clementine


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About the Author

New Hampshire native, Catherine Dougherty, is a former newspaper reporter, columnist, photographer, and Real Estate/Business Broker. For several years, she served as the Lakes Region Coordinator of The Cozy Cap Project, a project she began in 2007 resulting in many volunteers making and donating thousands of hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. She was editor of The Cozy Cap Project Newsletter for three years, and currently volunteers as writer/editor of a newsletter for The Greater Lakes Region Making Strides against Breast Cancer. Besides writing, Catherine enjoys reading, knitting, and browsing through bookstores. She lives in the Lakes Region area of NH with her husband, and is a member of the NH Writers’ Project.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1618070509
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Briona Glen Publishing (June 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089HIS8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am writing this review within minutes of finishing the book. Something I have never done. The tears are still drying. They are not sad tears they are WOW what a great book tears. This is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a very long time. I read a lot, from many different genres. As I was recently searching for something new and different to read I found this author. I knew nothing about the book except what was written in the description about two women both dealing with their own issues and through their work they become best friends. Everyone can relate to something in this book. The writing is amazing. The characters are so well thought out and the author brings it together so well. You will laugh. You will cry. You will say AWWWWW.

It is so refreshing to read a book about midlife women dealing with midlife problems and how two completely opposite people forge a best friend bond that turns out beneficial to both of the characters.

I am so glad there is another book with Jean and Rosie. I can't wait to read how their friendship continues.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars These PJs Were Not a Great Fit For Me October 23, 2013
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Although other readers have obviously enjoyed In Polyester Pajamas, and I can understand why they would, I have to admit that it just didn't ring any bells for me. I think, perhaps, I was expecting too much.

The main turn off, for me, was that I really couldn't connect with the main character, Jean, and I didn't feel much for the secondary character, Rosie, either. Jean's personality (which, of course, had all the rough edges knocked off as the story went on) just grated on me, even when she was getting her act into gear and turning her life around. As for Rosie, she was too nice and dull. So there you have it ... I am officially hard to please. The cranky-pants main character annoyed me and the nice secondary character bored me.

Having said that, I didn't completely dislike the book, but my search for truly relatable, interesting, fun, well-rounded, believable "boomer" fiction continues. Too many parts of this just did not feel believable. For example, Jean chatting to Rosie before her flight to Cleveland. She waited until they were giving the final boarding call to actually head for the security gate. Seriously! I would have been hyperventilating.

The one part that did feel somewhat believable was when Jean was reconciled with her mother and spent time with her before she died. Although that dragged on a little, it had the sense of being real.

Although the book does have Christian overtones, it's not what I would call your standard Christian novel, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, I'm not sure the average Christian reader will take to it (and I could be wrong), but on the other hand, the fairly obvious Christian message may turn off other readers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited for the sequel April 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Jean's life is falling apart around her piece by piece. She hasn't been happy in quite a while, but she never expected to be completely alone at 50 with her husband and children rushing to get away from her and only her dog to keep her company. Life gets even better when the perky, too willing to help, utterly annoying Rosie shows up as a new Realtor at her office. Ready to give up, Jean has no idea what is in store for her.

This is definitely a character driven story. The main focus is on Jean, but many of the side characters shine as well. I really enjoyed Rosie, and I even felt sorry for Bob. Justin is hard to forget, and even though Jean's boys only had quick appearances, I felt for them as they tried to muddle through their own lives and their parents' divorce.

All of the characters were memorable and well written. My only real issue was that Jean was so unlikable in the beginning. She was supposed to be. Her life was a mess, and a good chunk of that was her fault. She is a jaded and bitter woman when readers first meet her. This had to be the case so she could later grow and reassess her priorities and relationships. I just would have liked to have had a little glimpse of her redeeming qualities earlier on so I could connect with Jean faster. As the book progressed and Jean started to really take stock of her life, I cared much more about her happiness and felt connected with her.

The overall arc of the story was well developed. Jean undergoes a great deal of change and progression during the story. She isn't a saint by the end of the book, we still have more story to go, but she is someone readers will want to see succeed and find joy. Rosie and several of the other side characters also have a great deal of depth and grow throughout the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! July 1, 2012
By Dale
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished this book and I loved it! I usually read psychology books and mysteries. The only thing this book needs is a sister (like Jean and Rosie). I fell in love with Jean and Rosie right away, I feel like they are people I have known for years. They balance each other very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read October 10, 2013
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I really liked this book - it just made me feel good. I wouldn't call it a great piece of literature, but it's an enjoyable read with like able, if not a little stereotypical characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a fun read !!!!
Published 18 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked that the main characters were older women with adult children.
Published 1 month ago by Carrie & Jeff Abts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book has it, places you laugh, places you cry and sad when it ends. Highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Fields
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ended abruptly. No closure.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Bahr
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for new beginnings
Jean was an unhappy woman. At age 50, her children had left home, and her husband had left her. She wasn't the easiest woman to get along with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Springs
1.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite book
Completely unbelievable plot and unbelievable characters. The author spent too much time on minutia details. Read more
Published 2 months ago by steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 2 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read, true to life but very interesting, Couldn't put it down...
Published 2 months ago by marilyn schorr
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it so much I immediately ordered in Woolen Bikinis
I enjoyed it so much I immediately ordered in Woolen Bikinis!!!!!!!!!!! I was happy to find that Jean & Rosie had continued their story because I wanted to find out more about the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Garrettson
2.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins meets the Wicked Witch
This wasn't all about the friendship between two women as much as it was about little miss goodie two shoes converting the angry selfish bitch.
Published 2 months ago by Noreen Kellner
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More About the Author

Catherine Dougherty, a New Hampshire native, is a former newspaper reporter, columnist, photographer, and Real Estate/Business Broker. For several years, she served as the Lakes Region Coordinator of The Cozy Cap Project, a project she began in 2007 resulting in many volunteers making and donating thousands of hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. She was editor of The Cozy Cap Project Newsletter for three years, and currently volunteers as social media chair for The Greater Lakes Region Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Besides writing, Catherine enjoys reading, knitting, and browsing through bookstores. She lives in the Lakes Region area of NH with her husband, and is a member of the NH Writers' Project.




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