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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.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Fun and funny

It's not great literature, but this is very entertaining...added bonus, I listened to it during the Thanksgiving holiday, which is the starting point of the book. I liked the female narrator, but the male reader was just ok.

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Mostly Fluff

I did not care for this book at all, it was just a bunch of fluff with no depth or substance. It had occassional insights to just how bad parents could get a way with neglect back in the early 60's. It was not believable in any way shape or form and although the author seemed to be going for funny she missed the mark.

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrator’s voice is unbearable

Can’t rate the story as I can’t go more than a few minutes but it is making me so I am giving it a 1. Woman’s voice is awful, sounds like a computer talking. I should have listened to the sample. Will be returning.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I tried to like it, but it’s just so much

I kept trying to like it, but I just didn’t. Really bummed that it wasn’t what I thought.

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Mediocre Story, great performance

I enjoyed this book but there were times I thought the story dragged. Glad I got it on sale and didn’t waste a credit.

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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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  • 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.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful