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Plan Bea: A novel (Secrets, Lies, and Second Chances Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 279 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 1 of 2 in Secrets, Lies, and Second Chances
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"Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional - no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed - like real life. I thought the twist was genius!" - Meredith Schorr Best Selling Author
"Plan Bea has so much depth to the story line that it's easy to get carried away into the book and into Annabel's life, and the OH MY GOD I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING twist at the end! Plan Bea is a must-read novel about the unique relationship between mothers and daughters, and I suggest you don't wait to snap this one up!" - Chick Lit Plus
"Plan Bea" was an amazing book, one I will never forget. With all the twists and turns in this book, it wasn't predictable, but rather a quick page-turner." -Chick Lit Goddess
"This was a fantastic read that had me glued to my Kindle from beginning to the end." - Chrissy - Every Free Chance
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- File size : 385 KB
- Publication date : May 31, 2016
- Print length : 279 pages
- ASIN : B01GGL8A08
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #279,378 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have to confess a few things, first.
One: I love Hilary Grossman. She's super nice and her first book - Dangled Carat was amazing and one of my all time favorites.
Two: She didn't ask me to read Plan Bea or to review it. I did that because of what i mentioned above.
That being said you'll see my problem next. I was conflicted for about 60% of the book, because i didn't like it that much and i kept thinking that i can't write a negative review and what should i do.
But then everything made sense.
So, this is the story of a family. We have Anna, who's married to Cole and they have 2 kids (Violet - who is super funny and smart and Harley, equally adorable). And there's the Bea. Beatrice is Anna's mother, but just on paper. She's a royal class bitch, made of ice and venom.
As i said, i took me 60% of the book to understand why are things the way they are and where's Hilary going with all this.
I'm glad i stick to it and i trusted my instinct, because once you find out Bea's reasons, you get it. You start to feel some compassion and you can also be curious about what's happening next.
I gave it just 3.5 ★ because i feel we should have known sooner what's happening. Also, i love the ending sooooo much. It was simply beautiful.
If you're a fan of chick-lit or contemporary romance novels, don't hesitate to read this one. Just be a little patient and trust me, the ending will be worth it.
Beatrice, being the titular character, and with a lot of background information on her to partly explain where her difficult behavior stems from, is definitely the most “interesting” and fleshed out character in the book. In fact, I can even imagine a prequel titled “Bea-fore Plan Bea” chronicling her younger days. So in comparison, I guess it is easy to for Anna’s “virtues” to go a bit unnoticed. But she does deserve most of the credit to ensure that her bond with her mom doesn’t completely wither away and die – by diligently keeping up with the weekly phone call appointments regardless of how hard it is. Sure, it was hard for Bea too, but it was Anna who was kept in the dark about all the reasons for Bea acting the way she did.
This was an archetypal feel-good book – the sort where you don’t really mind that it gets a bit predictable in the last few pages and some things were easy to guess. My only quibble was that, after a point the whole arc of Bea and Anna confiding in each other about some past nugget of secret began to feel like a clinical planned exercise. After a point, I just knew and expected some new detail to be revealed at every stage of their wedding shopping – be it selecting a cake at a bakery or a table decorations for the venue. There are a couple of other scenes too, such as a crucial meeting between Anna’s marketing team and a client; that feels sort of stage-managed. It was difficult to imagine them panning out that way in real life. In contrast, some other moments were written pretty well and felt very real. My favorite one was a tiff between Anna and her husband Cole. It was handled and resolved in a way that, I think, most happy couples who have been married for over a decade would relate to.
The supporting cast of characters is really good too, and all of them come together in the end; and by the end of the book, I just had a nice, goofy, smile.
Do read this if you are in the mood for something happy and uplifting.
(Note : Received this book through hellochicklit.com (aimee) blogiversary giveaways.
Originally posted on bookmyopia/wordpress)
The wedding is satisfying & all is going well until something happens at the wedding. The next chapter is a rehash of the event told through the eyes of the woman experiencing it. Ok, get on with it. What’s the big secret?
To find out the ending, you have to buy the next book. I hate that! Writers, if you have a story to tell, then do it. Don’t use part of it to springboard another book.
Following that, another chapter begins & all the characters are new. No one is related to the previous characters. There’s a hokey storyline about a couple setting up their buddy by congratulating him for becoming engaged. Well, he isn’t & he’s uncomfortable & even though the girlfriend knows it’s a prank, she gets all weepy & upset because she wants it to be true. What the heck was going on?? It was rather stupid & then demeaning as the girlfriend goes to bed with this guy who doesn’t want to marry her. She’s compromising & weak, why would a guy want to marry someone like that? She’s not a teen, she’s 30. If she doesn’t know her mind by then, she’s got a problem.
At the end of that chapter, it goes into the author’s credits & I was very irritated. I guess you could say there was a satisfying ending to Project Bea except for the teaser about the judge. It looks like it will be or should be answered. I usually don’t mess with novels presented as Book 1 just for that reason. I could be forgiving of this if it wasn’t going to cost me to read how Plan Bea was supposed to end.