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A Novel Novel-- Great Light Reading
on January 14, 2011
What does our economy have to do with modern-day courtesans and credit cards? A lot more than you might think. Tru Newman, one of that small group of ladies-who-lunch, is confronted--albeit three months later--with a problem that crosses all levels of our society. Her husband loses his (mega salary) job. She swaps planning and worrying about gala charity events for concerns of paying the now-in-arrears mortgage, her twin girls' swanky private school tuitions, and quitting her designer shopping sprees. And her perfect marriage? It may not be so perfect when (you've gotta' love the author's tongue-in-cheek humor) Tiffany Glass hires Tru's hubby, Peter Newman. But is she `grooming' him for her cosmetics business or, the altar?
Tru thinks her college pal, Sienna, has it all; brains, beauty, and bucks but, the illusion ends when Sienna quits her news anchor job and finds that despite her foxy good looks, being over 40 is as good as being dead for a female TV personality.
So what can a stay-at-home mom and a diva do to earn decent livings? Why, start a courtesan (escort) service, of course. A real business that pays its taxes. And offers its clients the benefits of charging their `purchases' on credit cards. The world's oldest profession meets plastic.
Author Lynn Schnurnberger injects comic relief with such zingers as, "....everything is built on a house of cards...Visa and American Express..." and "It's nobody's fault. It's the economy, stupid". Even the doorman, Terrance, is funny, spouting psychobabble. "But by the end of the journey you will be in a different place from the one you started out in."
Do you need a break from heavier tomes? This book is just right when life's challenges send you to the kitchen for serious comfort food or, reaching for a daiquiri to better use life's lemons.
Intriguing title, well-defined characters, funny plot, and excellent dialogue. Witty, engaging, and feather-light reading makes The Best Laid Plans a five-star hit.