We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?
On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.
Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?
Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly 15-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.
As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous and emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.
©2015 Hilary Grossman (P)2016 Hilary Grossman
I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I liked this story. It brought together a family that had been separated by tradegy for more than twelve years. I like the way it brought out all of the little problems that was keeping the mother and daughter apart as well as sabatoging all of the other things that were going on in their lives. The narrator made me see Bea in a real way. She mastered the other voices but she nailed Bea.
This book had a great mix of funny, sad, and heartwarming moments. The characters were definitely multi-faceted as well, which made them more relatable. It was easy to become immersed in the story/characters' lives.
The narrator was amazing! She gave each character such a unique voice that I could have picked out which character was speaking without being informed within the text. I would love to listen to some of her other work.
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Very enjoyable, engaging and entertaining story. Creative with a great plot-line. A different kind of love story. A roller-coaster ride of emotions. Definitely worth your time.
Mother and daughter relationships are some of the most complex and simple at the same time. Beatrice and Annabel were both great characters. Of coarse Walter was great too. Really didn’t expect that ending. But it was perfect.
Lisa Beacom did a really good job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Pleasant voice. Good character voices. Smooth even pace. Clearly spoken. Very easy to listen to.
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This book is funny, sad, and over all heart warming! I couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters. It was truly a wonderful journey getting to know Bea and Annabel. I'm so glad the story turned out the way it did before it was too late. If anyone finds themselves in a relationship like Bea and Annabel's do something before its too late because not everyone gets that 2nd chance. I hope Hilary Grossman gives us more of Bea. The narrator Lisa Beacom did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life, each with their own personality. Most of all she should get some kind of award for bringing Bea to life with her voice. Loved it all so much!
Lisa's Beacom's characters are very well done and consistent. From the children's voices of Violet and Harley to that of Anna's over-the-top mother, Bea, and those in between, she does a great job. The storyline might be a lighter listen, but it's filled with family surprises and it's just plain feel-good fun.
Lots of books include family secrets and revelations, but maybe because I don't read a lot of books in this genre, I can't really come up with a good comparison.
The wedding planning scenes all come to life, but the stationery store happenings were probably my favorite, although the histrionics on the wedding day are a close second. Loved the ending which definitely surprised me.
It's a tie between Anna and Bea as this mother and daughter learn so much about one another and themselves after being at odds for so many years.
My only complaint about the book is that there are a few obvious grammatical errors. Regardless, I think there's a hint about an upcoming book in what may turn out to be a series and I'll happily listen to it.
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First off I rarely give a story a five star rating and I don't take giving one lightly! But, this book is fantastic! I was expecting a romance, a love story. What I got was so much more! It is a love story alright but not between a woman and man, but rather between a daughter and mother.
Annabel's mother Beatrice is a real piece of work! She a narcissist, she's a cold and indifferent mother and grandmother. Spending only 15 minutes a week touching base with her daughter over the past several years.
Quite unexpectedly Bea announces that she's getting married and she wants her daughter to help her plan the wedding! Somewhat reluctantly Annabel agrees to help.
This starts Annabel on a path of discovery, sometimes painfully, learning things about herself and her mother which completely upturn everything she thought she knew about their turbulent past.
The twist at the end caught me completely off guard. This audiobook is well written and narrated and I highly recommend this book. What a very pleasant surprise!
Plan Bea appears to be one of the authors first novels written, If so I'm thoroughly impressed and see big things ahead for Ms. Grossman!
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Plan Bea is a wonderful exploration of a mother and daughter trying to rebuild a broken relationship. There were moments that made me laugh, moments that choked me up and moments I just wanted to slap someone.
The characters were well developed and I found Annabel likeable and relatable, as for her mother Bea..... see the last point in the previous sentence.
This is the second of Hilary's books I've read and I'm really looking forward to the next one (You big tease Hilary! Leave me hanging like that! Now hurry up and publish Plan Cee!)
I just reread this via audiobook in preparation for the sequel, Plan Cee. I loved the story just as much this time around, even knowing the twists in advance. The narrator is brilliant - capturing the characters perfectly, from a small innocent boy to the snobby grandmother Bea.
I reviewed a complimentary copy.
It held my interest and had a great plot twist.
Plot twist at the end (no spoilers!).
Narrator did a great job with Bea's character. Really brought her to life!
The more I listened, the more grating I found her voice. I couldn't finish the book because of it.
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Yes, much to be learned from this book.
Walt He was an awsome character always seemed to be calm.
No but she did a fine job on this one.
The scene at the cemetary made me cry. So much is held in people, that others do not know.
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