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My Book Beginnings is taken from THE FIRST MISTAKE by Sandie Jones:
"She looked at me with real warmth in her eyes, as if she trusted me with her life, and for a moment I thought I couldn't go through with it.
But then I remembered what she'd done and I suddenly felt calm again."
Jane the wife, Jane the grieving mother, Jane the planner - Jane, Jane, Jane.
all about her.
After her adopted daughter, Mary, died,
Jane was unable to cope with life, and life went on without her, but
Jane is back now and needs to be in control again.
Jane thinks she controls
her therapist, and she thinks she controls everyone else especially her
husband, her daughters, and Mary's biological mother. Jane's biological daughter, Betsy, is difficult to control and is a challenge for Jane.
Jane likes challenges, though, but only if she is the one who comes out on top.
She did find out some
interesting information about Mary's biological mother that adds to her
determination to get her plan into action. Jane
finds out about more and more betrayal from family members and friends
as time goes on and more people to add to her list of getting even. Her
husband is the one with the most offenses.
Jane also finds out
some startling information about her daughter's death at the memorial
service. Someone knows something and isn't telling - could that help with her plan or hinder it?
This book was difficult to put down because I wanted
to see what other information would pop up about Mary, Betsy, the husband, the accident,
and what Jane's plans would be after that.
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will keep you guessing if Mary's death was really an accident and who was responsible if it wasn't.
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will also have you guessing who is really telling the truth and who is doing the lying.
domestic turmoil, secrets, mystery, unsavory characters, cheating
spouses, lies, narcissistic characters, and psychological suspense will enjoy THE FAVORITE
This book will be a summer MUST read.
It is a page-turning thriller/mystery/domestic gem. 5/5
This book was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
All information in this post is courtesy of Megan Rudloff of Simon & Schuster.
Simon & Schuster is Celebrating The MAY 21 Release of:
WAISTED by RANDY SUSAN MEYERS
With a USA Giveaway!!
A compulsively readable and ultimately poignant examination of body image, family, and friendship,
Waisted features Randy Susan Meyers’s signature “engaging and sharp” (Publishers Weekly) prose and is perfect for fans of
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Dietland by Sarai Walker, The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith, and
Hunger by Roxanne Gay.
PRAISE FOR WAISTED:
"A big-hearted triumph of a novel. Meyers tackles painful truths and
thorny issues while weaving a smart and engaging story about weight
loss, self-acceptance and the fortifying power of female friendship."—
Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of Harmony and The Dogs of Babel
"Suspenseful. Witty. Warm. Wonderful. Disturbing. Thoughtful.
Compelling. Riveting. Seriously important. Inspiring. It made me hungry.
Then made me never want to eat again. I recognized myself. Then hated
myself. Then loved myself. This is a must read for
every woman who ever stepped on the scale with her eyes closed. And
every woman who hasn't." —New York Times
bestselling author MJ Rose
“The perfect blend of great storytelling and incisive commentary, Waisted
peels back the layers of women’s feelings about their bodies, their
relationships, and ultimately their self-worth. Readers will ride a
tilt-a-whirl of emotions—fist pumping
chief among them—as Alice and Daphne wage war on their inner demons and
on the heartless filmmaker who would exploit their deepest wounds for
his own gain.”— Juliette Fay, author of
The Tumbling Turner Sisters
“How far will women go to achieve the weight loss they think will
bring them happiness? This incisive story of friendship and self-esteem
gets at the heart of body image with the pacing of a thriller.”—
Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
"When body image goes rogue in this tense and riveting novel, three
women wade into a swamp of self-destruction as they attempt to save what
they love most."— E.B. Moore, author of
An Unseemly Wife
"Meyers (The Widow of Wall Street, 2017, etc.) spins a compelling
tale, raising critical questions about familial, social, and cultural
messages about body image."—Kirkus Reviews
How far will women go to achieve the weight loss they think will bring them happiness? In
Waisted: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers (Atria; on sale 5/21/19),
Alice and Daphne are both successful working mothers, accomplished, and
seemingly steady, but they harbor the same secret: an obsession with
their weight that overshadows concerns about their children, husbands,
work—and everything else of importance in their
Daphne and Alice meet at Privation, a program that
promises fast, dramatic weight loss. The catch? They must agree to
always be on camera; afterward, the world will see
Waisted: The Documentary.
The women soon discover that the
filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound
lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide
to take matters into their own hands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO CREDIT: LYNN WAYNE
RANDY SUSAN MEYERS is the bestselling author of Waisted,
Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and
The Widow of Wall Street.
Her books have twice been finalists for
the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts
Center for the Book.
She lives with her husband in Boston, where she
teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
I am partnering with MEGAN RUDLOFF OF SIMON & SCHUSTER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY.
NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY, BUT PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG - IN THE FOLLOWERS' SECTION.
All information in this post is courtesy of Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House.
Celebrating The Release Of
MY EX-BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING BY WENDY WAX
On Sale May 14, 2019
A deeply satisfying and heartwarming novel about three women’s lives
that become entangled when a special wedding dress gets involved.
Touching on elements of friendship, family, and forgiveness,
this story is one that you will not want to miss.
Praise for the Novels of Wendy Wax:
"[A] sparkling, deeply satisfying tale."—New York Times bestselling author Karen White
"Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend."—New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook
"Fans of Jane Green and Mary Alice Monroe will adore Wax's lively characters, witty dialogue, and heartfelt prose."—Booklist
“Wax’s Florida titles [the Ten Beach Road novels] are terrific for
lovers of women’s fiction and family drama, especially if you enjoy a
touch of suspense and romance.”—Library Journal
"If you're a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you."—USA Today
"[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About The Book:
Once closer than sisters, Lauren
and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and
unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship.
A successful author, Lauren
returns home to the Outer Banks, fiancé in tow, to claim the dress she
Bree, a bookstore owner, grapples with the realities of
life after you marry the handsome prince.
As the former best friends
wrestle with their uncertain futures, they are both certain of one
thing: some betrayals can never be forgiven.
Now, on the eve of her daughter Lauren's wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she's kept for far too long. She vows to make sure the dress will finally bring Lauren and Bree back together—knowing they'll need each other to survive the coming storm.
In this humorous and lively story, MY EX-BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING reveals just how tough a friendship can be when lines get crossed and what it takes to overcome the obstacles together.
About the Author:
Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of fifteen novel and two novellas, including Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, and Ten Beach Road.
In addition to her Ten Beach Road titles, Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, Ten Beach Road and novellas, Christmas at the Beach and A Bella Flora Christmas, she is also the author of A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abby, Magnolia Wednesdays, The Accidental Bestseller, Hostile Makeover, Leave it to Cleavage, Single in Suburbia, and 7 Days and 7 Nights.
The mother of two grown sons, she left the suburbs of Atlanta for an in town high-rise where she and her husband are happily downsized. Prior to writing, Wendy worked in radio, television and film, most notably as writer, producer and host of The Home Front, which aired on PBS station across the country, and as the host of a Friday night radio show called Desperate & Dateless when she was both.
When not writing, Wendy visits with readers at bookstores and book events, reads, enjoys her and her husband’s newly empty nest and catches up with her sons on the serendipitous occasions when everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.
Wendy loves to hear from her readers!
You can reach her here:
Author Site: authorwendywax.com
I am partnering with Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.
NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY, BUT PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG - IN THE FOLLOWERS' SECTION.