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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming, hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family, from the author of Lift and Separate.

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched - just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.

Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible - because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

©2018 Marilyn Simon Rothstein (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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It was a good book

a great vacation book. Its a fun, light, page turner with down to earth characters.

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  • Andrea
  • Bloomfield, CT, United States
  • 03-14-18

Sweet, fun and funny

This story picks up a wonderful and quirky group of characters from Rothstein's first book, Lift and Separate. I've missed them and loved this journey even more than the first.

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Fun and hilarious!

Marcy Hammer had it all – a husband, three children and a life that many would envy. Then her husband had an affair. Now, during her divorce, she has to deal with the most obnoxious, self-centered Bridezilla (one of her lovely daughters) who is fixed on the family being the way it was – before the impending divorce. Not to mention her husband wants to come back and is eating himself into a health scare, and her new boyfriend wants some commitment and her best friend has cancer. This doesn’t even cover what her new in-laws are like!

Marcy tries to make everyone happy, play a major role in her daughter’s wedding and convince herself that she can keep moving forward – scary as it is.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, light and fun. There were a few points where I told Marcy to drop it and do what she really wanted – kids are wonderful but little Ms. Bridezilla needed a reality check a lot sooner.

Marilyn Simon Rothstein developed each of her characters with care and depth. I especially loved her friend, Dana! Each of her characters was relatable and captivating – well, except the Bridezilla. Even she was expertly developed capturing how often our children have blinders on when it comes to their parents. The story flowed smoothly and was highly entertaining.

I have never heard Pamela Almand narrate before but she was very good! I loved her storytelling voice and she was perfect for these characters/story. She had the “mom” voice to a T!

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

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Hilarious and well written

I so loved this book. Laugh out loud funny and the story is great! Enjoy!!!!

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Pamela Almand brings this book to life!

This is a sweet little book, great summer read. It is not going to change your life, but it will make you smile. And that is a nice thing in this crazy world! To be honest, I "read" the book because I LOVE the narration by Pamela Almand! I have a 2 1/2 hour commute everyday in bumper to bumper traffic! You can imagine what my stress level must be like. My DIL suggested Audible, and Audible has been a game changer for me! It has turned the 2 hours I am in the car to "me time" where I can get lost in a book, and let the rest of the world go by. When I find a book narrated by Pamela...I am all in! She makes any story come alive! Go check her out, you won't be sorry!!

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Funny and warm listen to brighten your day

This just kept me chuckling and I loved it even more than the first one. This narrator really nailed the personalities of all the characters and you really liked them all! Even the annoying ones ended up having some good shining through and I had a good time listening to this. I didn't want it to end! Please can we have some more! What an enjoyable romp into family, in-laws, marriage and divorce, and starting all over again. Author and narrator are a great combination.

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Really hilarious and I loved the main characters

This was a funny and heartwarming romp through Marcy's life. The characters are just unique, and funny, and real to me and they all have their distinct personalitiies, some of them you love and some not so much. Pamela Almand just does a great job of doing this and I hope that the author does more with Marcy and her family and that Miss Almand reads them all. I will listen to them all and want to listen to the first one, too.

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Better in print

So for some reason I ended up buying this book both in audio and print through Kindle. I started listening to the audio, but then switched to reading the print version. Much to my surprise, I found that the book was much funnier in print. The narrator is good, but these books have a sort of Erma Bombeck-type humor to them, and I think that they needed a much more deadpan narrator for the humor to really shine through. The books themselves were funny, although Marcy Hammer, the main character, makes some annoyingly stupid decisions at times that are really against her own self-interest for somewhat nebulous reasons. Overall they were decent books, although I would not pay full price for them

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Easy listen

Easy listen for relaxing. A little over the top in the performance but makes you smile.