Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Plan Bea by Hilary Grossman

Author                      Hilary Grossman 
Publication Date     8 October 2015 
Genre                         Women's Contemporary Fiction 

How well do you really know the people in your life?  

Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life. 

Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision. 

In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Bea is a widow who doesn't lack for anything. She wears designer clothes and make up and sadly likes to "keep up appearances". What others think about appear to matter to her a lot. Is she truely happy though? 

Anna, Bea's daughter is happily married to Cole and they have two children, Violet and Harley. The relationship between Anna and Bea is an uncomfortable one, due to a tragic accident which tore them apart instead of bringing them closer to each other. Deep down Anna misses her mother's love and does her best to build the bridges. Bea, on the other hand appears to make matters worse. When she asks Anna for help to organise an event, she agrees reluctantly but at the same time hoping that this is an opportunity to mend their relationship. 

This is about making mistakes and rectifying them, about forgiveness, being open and honest with one another even when it hurts. As this story develops, it becomes apparent that there have been hurtful secrets from both parties.  Pride gets in the way  in some of the circumstances but at the end of the day, a good relationship between mother and daughter is more important. This story is very well written with love and laughter as well as heartache and sorrow. 

The twist at the end is a welcome one which puts everything in perspective. It's an interesting story which sends quite a strong message. It's well worth reading. 

Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island. 

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