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Eileen Goudge began writing in her 20s when she was a divorced single mom struggling to pay her bills. Now she is a New York Times best-selling author with 32 young adult novels (including some from the "Sweet Valley High" series) and 15 novels of women's fiction to her credit.

Ariana Savalas performs Otherwise Engaged with a perceptive, womanly voice that authentically captures the emotional arcs of the novel's alternating narrators. In this story of a sophisticated urban writer and her best friend, radically switching lifestyles leads to both women realizing where their hearts are. Listeners will hear firsthand why Nora Roberts once wrote that Goudge "writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave".

Publisher's Summary

Can a New York City journalist exchange her subway pass for an SUV and find happiness? Can a small-town wife and mother take on the role of single city woman and discover a whole new life?

Jessie Holland is in search of a hot story for Savvy magazine when her editor poses a compelling question: Can you ever really go home again? Jumping on the idea, and with her love life currently at a crossroads, Jessie plans to return to her Arizona hometown and follow the path not taken - with a twist. Her best friend back home, Erin Delahanty, is dealing with a crumbling marriage, a teenage daughter, and the demands of running a bed and breakfast. Needing to take stock of her life, she agrees to Jessie's offer: she'll live in Manhattan for six months, while Jessie steps into Erin's shoes. But the choices and challenges they face take them by surprise... and what began as a daring magazine article will change both women forever.

©2005 Eileen Goudge (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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semmed silly

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

better, less predictable plot? I just could not get into the book

Has Otherwise Engaged turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

it was just too predictable,