Wednesday, October 14, 2015

We ALL Know Someone Like BEA - Book Review

Plan Bea
written by Hilary Grossman
published by Booktrope, 2015

Where can you find it? Check out - Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads
(Ms. Grossman’s first book, Dangled Carat, is on sale for $0.99 for Kindle!

My FURiend Lucy ( has a very clever Mom. Seriously! She writes this really good blog about life at the beach AND she works full time as a CFO in Manhattan, and now she has published her SECOND book!

In her spare time I think she buys a lot of shoes. She's really cool, huh?

So Lucy's Mom asked my Mommy if she would be interested in reading her new book "Plan Bea" and writing a review. My Mommy said SURE. We read it together - she on her iPad and me cuddled up on her legs. It was a good time.

So without further ado, here is our review (in Mommy's words) of "Plan Bea" by Hilary Grossman.


Right off the top, I want to say this is absolutely NOT my kind of book. I read very little "Chicklit" and almost no romance books at all. The closest I get to this kind of book is Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series - and I think I really read them for the knitting patterns. I bring this up because this is absolutely NOT a book I would choose to read on the train ride home. Well, I thought this until Hilary asked me to review her book and I felt compelled to read it. I hate to say it, but I guess I am a liar. I loved this book - everything about it, as a matter of fact. I couldn't put it down and almost missed my train stop a couple of times over the course of reading it.

What is so compelling about "Plan Bea"?  Well, a lot of things. It's a good story about relate-able characters. There is drama and resolution wrapped up with a lot of humor. The characters are well rounded and believable even while being eccentric. I truly believe we all know someone like Beatrice, too. She is that friend who is more concerned about appearances than substance. Who does a good deed because it will make her look good. Who commands all of our time listening to her problems while we also need that sympathetic ear and shoulder to cry on. Yet, we love her and on some level all we want is for her to love us back.

I am not going give a synopsis of the book here - you can get that from any website or even the book cover - but I will tell you that Hilary has artfully crafted a book about Mothers and Daughters, about Family, about Life choices, and about Communication (or lack thereof). I can relate to that. I have lived that. I have learned from that. It all works and what the reader gets is an entertaining book about life's lessons.

I highly recommend that you buy "Plan Bea" and as you read it, enjoy your journey toward self-realization.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.


Hilary said...

Noodles & Katherine - Lucy and I thank you so much for reading and reviewing Plan Bea - and I am so happy that even though it isn't your type of book you loved it. I can relate - I always think I hate historic fiction but I end up loving it...

Idaho PugRanch said...

Great Review - you made us want to read the book!
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Julie said...

hopes your Mom is on commission Noodles 'cos I nose my Mum is gonna go straight over to amazon to get this on her kindle
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

LBJ said...

Thanks for the heads up. I too, don't read much "chick lit" and probably would have passed it by as well. Now I'm going to order one for the kindle. I'm taking 8 months from book 2 until I start on book 3 because I missing having the time to READ a book. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks Noodles.

Samantha said...

Great review! I'm interested!