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What happens when the world’s greatest literary icon dies before she finishes the final book in her best-selling series? And what happens when she leaves that book in the hands of her unstable, neurotic daughter, who swears she’s not a real writer? 

Sara Grayson is a 32-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother - a world-famous suspense novelist - Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her best-selling series. 

Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can’t fathom writing a book for 30 million fans - not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock. 

But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find - secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy and the very book she’s trying to create.

©2021 Joani Elliot (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Fun Read

This was a fun read -- I listened to the audio version. I could easily relate to the characters and was left wondering "what is in the safety deposit box?" Is more to come?

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Engaging, heartfelt, and well written story

Liked this book a lot. Good complex characters with strong development of the main character. The plot was intriguing too and kept me wanting to take the long way home to listen to a few more minutes. Joni Elliott’s writing has wit, depth, intrigue, and charm. An irresistible combination.

A side note: The lack of sex scenes is refreshing in today’s sex-drenched world. She was still able to make you feel the strong and deep attraction in the love story subplot. There is some profanity, but it all rings true to the characters and isn’t overbearing.

Sometimes it is what you don’t reveal that is the most alluring. Bottom line, definitely recommend.

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Fun summer read

This book was purely enjoyable! Humor dotted throughout, strong characters, romance, and not to mention great writing quotes!

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Great fun read

Great book for a trip or book on the beach! the story keeps you wanting to know what happens. My favorite quote from the book “is the moment you stop creating is the moment you stop living” . Definitely would read again!

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Fantastic story! Beautiful performance!

I love this book! Inspiring, funny, heartwarming! I've read the book and now listened to the audio. Couldn't put it down.