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Publisher's Summary

From Elizabeth LaBan, the acclaimed author of The Restaurant Critic's Wife, comes a captivating and very funny novel about a wife and mother's fall from grace, and why keeping up appearances is not her biggest secret.

Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She'd confess her situation to her friends - if it wasn't for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: "I'll tell them what you did."

Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table - much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor's window box.

Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can't keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect.

©2018 Elizabeth LaBan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Solid 4 stars

For the most part, the narration was good. The narrator has an obnoxious habit of lilting upwards ever so slightly on the last word of every sentence. But you get used to it. Kind of.

The story was great if you are expecting a story about a woman in a hard situation. If you're expecting a romance, you'll feel a tiny bit disappointed. Not super disappointed, by any means. Just a bit.

It's not steamy (which I appreciated), so no worries if you prefer to avoid sex scenes. But even in the scenes meant to be between the MC and the new love interest, the underlying focus was on the crappy (ex)husband. I wanted a bit more of THEM without the constant shadow of the ex.

That said, I still enjoyed this. Never felt like a waste of time. I cared enough to rewind if at times I felt like I didn't quite listen well enough. solid 4 stars.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because it was extremely mundane. Each time it seemed like something interesting was going to happen, it ended up being underwhelming.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth LaBan? Why or why not?

Sure.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ones with Nora.

Do you think Not Perfect needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not, I think the ending was all it needs.

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A lovely srory

I sincerely recommend this to anyone who likes stories about families and people who do what is the right things. But maybe not all the time. I liked Tabatha, the main character who is a little bit unglued when her husband disapears but continues to care for her kids. Shes a great character, and goes along dealing with whatever comes next. its a different kind of srory than I usually like, but found this one so good. 5 stars all around.

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  • jane browne
  • 03-02-18

Couldn't listen - voice too annoying

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

Really looking forward to this book. However, the voice was so annoying I gave up on it. Waste of a credit!

Has Not Perfect put you off other books in this genre?

No but will check narrator next time

How did the narrator detract from the book?

couldn't concentrate on the story because found the narrators voice distracting

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment