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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the 37th president of the United States. Neil Armstrong just took one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his 22-year-old secretary.   

After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end - only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.   

Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she’ll need to find - or build - a family of her own.

©2018 Juliet McDaniel (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

 "A gorgeously messy and misguided heroine. I love this story." (Laura Dern)

"The perfect blend of salty and sweet." (Booklist, starred review)

"Hilarious." (Refinery29)

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What a hoot!

I wasn’t sure I’d like this book. But it was so funny and unusual with great oddball characters and goo narration, I was hooked! Idon’t even know what category I’d put it in, probably heartwarming humor!

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  • 09-07-18

Pretty much perfect.

This might be the best thing I’ve listened to this year. Is it great fiction? No. Is it well-written, entertaining, humorous, and touching, with fleshed-out, endearingly-flawed characters? Yes. I loved it.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Liked it better than I thought

This book had me laughing quiet a bit. Sarah Mollo-Christensen did a great job as the lead. She captured the persona perfectly.

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Both hilarious and heartwarming. <br />

Loved it. Great story and readers. Sorry to have it end, but a perfect final line.

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Refreshing

Fun storyline well narrated. Really held my interest and I Am sorry to leave these delightful characters

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Terrible

I could not finish this book. It was stupid no real plot and the reader was monotone. I Rarely if ever do not finish a book. This was a waste of my time.

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Just what I needed

I was driving from Texas to Colorado and was looking for a book to keep me awake....I deffinetly chose the right book. I was never bored. I totally recomend it and was sad for it to come to an end.

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70s and 80s fun!

Fun story but a little slow in several places. Still this a crisp and funny romp through the golden years.

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Funny stort

Usually do not care for “silly” books but this was a hoot. Really enjoyed the book.

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  • 10-01-18

Horrendous on every level

I hope that Ms McDaniel has a day job, because she is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a writer. The plot, (I only endured it for about half an hour ) is tedious and shallow, and there are laughable mistakes such as the use of "gastronomic" when she meant "gastric."
The narration is as tortured as the prose.
I could kick myself for paying money for this amateurish drivel.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful