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Results May Vary: A Novel Paperback – August 9, 2016
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Praise for Results May Vary
“Chase has written an incredibly charming novel about shifting from being completed by a man to becoming a whole woman. Witnessing Caro’s growth is a pleasure.”—Library Journal
“Bethany Chase writes with a realism of expression that allows readers to empathize and appreciate the characters’ personalities and frustrations. The push and pull written into interpersonal dynamics between characters feels true to life, and is best seen in Caroline’s relationship with her sister. The surprises keep readers alert and the tempo of the novel holds their attention until the very last page.”—RT Book Reviews
“This latest novel from Chase will appeal to anyone who has ever looked up to realize they define themselves by those surrounding them. Caroline’s exploration of self-discovery is a familiar one, yet Chase has a way with phrasing and a thoughtful approach that pushes this one notch above the others. . . . A good fit for fans of Emily Giffin and Kristin Hannah.”—Booklist
“An altogether addictive read . . . [Bethany] Chase creates characters a reader can truly care about [in] a novel that doles out both laughter and tears.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Relatable, engaging, and ultimately uplifting, as it explores the secrets hidden beneath the surface of a marriage that seems enviable . . . You'll root for Caroline as she struggles through heartbreak toward an unexpected new future.”—Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Perfect Neighbors
“Results May Vary is an openhearted and sweetly rendered story of lost love and found strength.”—Melissa DeCarlo, author of The Art of Crash Landing
Praise for Bethany Chase’s The One That Got Away
“An authentic and warm voice infuses this story of humor, heartbreak, and home.”—Patti Callahan Henry, author of And Then I Found You
“This perfectly paced story is full of fresh, engaging characters.”—Marisa de los Santos, author of Falling Together
About the Author
A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Bethany Chase headed to Williams College for an English degree and somehow came out the other side an interior designer. When she’s not writing or designing, you can usually find her in a karaoke bar. She lives with her lovely husband and occasionally psychotic cat in Brooklyn, three flights up.
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From the opening pages of Results May Vary: A Novel, the reader is swept up into such a world, discovering, along with our main character, Caroline Hammond, that all she had previously believed to be true…was not. Who was Adam, her husband and best friend since her teen years, if not someone she could count on? Why would he cheat on her, and was his behavior a one-time error in judgment, or something more?
We watch as she struggles to make sense of this new knowledge, sweeping aside all the illusory images she once believed in, to uncover what remains.
From the literary and art world of Manhattan to homey Williamstown, in Massachusetts, we follow Caroline’s journey, and immerse ourselves in her experiences. I liked how the author showed us the ordinary routines of her days, and how little things, like painting her rooms the way she wanted instead of the “boring white” that Adam loved, could lift her spirits.
I loved the characters, from Caroline’s best friend (and a great chef) Jonathan to her loud and occasionally annoying sister Ruby. New friends like Neil, and other old friends like a quirky artist named Farren, helped Caroline as she made her way through the tangled pathways of her New Life.
When she finally decides that it’s okay to move forward, she must first acknowledge and own the “loneliness” that is necessary before taking those next steps. A lovely story that earned 5 stars.
The story follows Caroline as her life unravels, how can she trust her husband, how she leans on her best friend, a guy who she went to college with, sharing the information with her younger sister, colleagues and what next. Where there is one lie, perhaps there are others. Who can she trust.
Does art imitate life? An artist friend’s work seems to mimic what is going on in Caroline’s life and the world around her. Have we all been in a maze at some point, trying to find our way?
Words of wisdom learned on the internet from the character you least expect it: “People can only give you what they have.” I hope this is not a spoiler and you will forget this as soon as you read it and most definitely before you start the book. It will absolutely be a takeaway after you read the book.
I love a novel that is intricately woven and you can’t wait to turn the next page because you are so invested in each character and can’t wait to find out what they are going to do next. While there is heartbreak in RESULTS MAY VARY there is also hope.
This book was so beautiful. Bethany Chase took a messy and heartbroken situation and made so much more. Once I start this book, I had a really hard time putting it down. I loved the compassion in this story and I loved how it really teaches us how to love through the pain. This book was fantastic. So great I am immediately buying her first book just to get more of her writing. This book maybe one of my favorite books I have read all year! #MustRead