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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.
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on March 26, 2011
This book was recommended by several sources, none of which typically lead me wrong. But I was very disappointed. I could barely read three paragraphs without coming upon a pop culture cliche, which will mean nothing to anyone who reads the book a year or two from now. The cliches were annoying in their frequency. The funniest thing was, near the end of the book the main character's daughter corrects her mother for being too cliche. The author should have taken her character's well-placed advise. And come on. The main character's husband loses his job, lies about it to his wife for three months while almost losing their home, she finds out about it through the grapevine no less, and her immediate response is to pleasure him orally? "No downsizing here." Come on. I don't need my reading to be completely rooted in reality but this was too over the top. Yes, I did finish it, hoping it would get better. It didn't.
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on April 26, 2011
This book was light and fun. A delicious caper about Tru, a former art historian - stay at home mom who wakes up to financial realities after her husband loses his high-paying job during the financial meltdown on Wall Street. So, what to do? Start a high-class "courtesan" service, of course! But this one will be staffed by women of similar erudition, culture, and good looks who will go on paying dates with big-money younger men who are too callow to have the proper social skills (as well as too busy to develop those skills) to manage on their own. I loved the New York art scene inside look and all the name-dropping. Precocious twin daughters, a scheming cosmetic executive trying to snatch up Tru's husband, a former TV anchor, a mother still basking in her glory days as a "Miss Subways" fill out the cast of characters. A great beach read!
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on January 21, 2011
I've read Schnurnberger's other books but nothing compares to this one. She is clearly writing from the heart and with her own natural sense humor. The character of Tru (the heroine) engages the reader from the beginning and how Schnurnberger manages to do this when Tru is running an escort business is part of the book's appeal. So funny. So poignant. And so readable...it's near impossible to put down.
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on November 15, 2012
First person writing is difficult enough, but first person present tense is nearly impossible to comprehend. Thin story lines and absurd character development made this a complete waste. It had been on my Wish List for a very long time and it should have stayed there.
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on February 4, 2011
While this book was enjoyable, it was totally predictable; kinda like most of the Soaps. Want to lay back and just enjoy an evenings read with a predictable but cooky fun plot...this book is it. Worth the money...but not something you would pass on.

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on July 15, 2014
I didn't like it at all and neither did my book club.
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on March 25, 2011
I was really disappointed in this book. I should have waited for it to show up at my local library rather than buy it.
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on February 15, 2011
This was the worst book I have ever read. I recommended it for my book club and everyone hated it. It was written poorly and was a stupid story. I was embarassed to have recommended this book. Please don't buy it.
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