Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: "Plan Cee" by Hilary Grossman is "Chick Lit" at It's Finest!

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: I have the pleasure of knowing author Hilary Grossman through her blog, Feeling Beachie,  and I have had the HONOR of meeting Hilary in person.  Hilary's personality is warm, welcoming, funny, quirky, and many of those characteristics are evident in a number of her characters in her books. I am sure you will love her as much as so many of us do!




Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?





INTRIGUED?
OF COURSE YOU ARE!!

The first full day of Spring is today and it is time to start thinking about the books you will put into your beach bag, or take along on vacation to read on the plane or poolside. Not vacationing? Don't have a pool or a beach? Neither do I, but I bet you have a comfy chair or sofa and some goodies you can munch on while you kick back, probably with a cat (or two or three) by your side, and enter Cecelia's world. Hang on my friends, it's going to be a wild ride!!

I found myself saying "Noooo!!!" OUT LOUD NO LESS, at the mess Cecelia had gotten herself into. Because I have the pleasure of knowing Hilary Grossman in real life, I messaged her on Facebook, literally screaming.  I can't say why I was screaming or I will give everything away!!

I had the distinct honor/pleasure of reviewing both of author Hilary Grossman's previous books, (the most recent of which was Plan Bea. if you haven't read either of Hilary's previous books,  you MUST!!)  Hilary's writing is like chatting with a dear friend, or being nosy and peeking into their lives! 

"CHICK LIT" AT IT'S FINEST!!

 Plan Cee, as well as Hilary Grossman's previous books, have all of the necessary components of books that are classified as "Chick Lit." 

*****The really good chick lit books are by authors who haven't forgotten that lit stands for literature, and they manage to create complex stories with subtle characters and universal themes. And - here's the truly difficult part - they do so while employing the conventions that chick lit readers have come to love and expect.

Intriguing characters who are believable, and easy to relate to, plot twists and turns (that will have ANYONE who has had a past relationship thinking of THEIR past and what would happen should that individual re-enter the scene), Plan Cee is CHICK LIT AT IT'S FINEST.  Have you ever read a book that you started to read more slowly because you did NOT want it to end? For me, this was one of those books. I did NOT want it to end, and when it did, I reached out to Hilary and told her there HAS to be more.........

Fingers crossed there will be!!


While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.




About Hilary:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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23 comments:

  1. This sounds like a good book - Mimi will look fur it.
    Your Furend,
    louis Dog Armstrong

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  2. HAPPY SPRING CODY MY MAN!!!! Wheeeeeee!

    Love, Angel Sam (and Teddy too)

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  3. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU - for reviewing... I am so glad you liked Plan Cee! You have no idea how much it means to me you described the book as chick lit at it's finest!

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    1. You are most welcome!! As you know, I LOVED IT!!! Too funny about "Chick Lit" because I was soooooooo afraid that you would be upset that I said it was "Chick Lit!!!" I LOVE "CHICK LIT" and it IS "Chick Lit at it's finest!!!" xoxo

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    2. I love it too - huge compliment!

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  4. Hilary sure knows how to tell a story, and you are so right, she is a wonderful person!

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  5. I've not read her before, but she does sound like a great read.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  6. I love books that I don't want to end, and it usually takes me forever to read them for that reason. I hardly get to read anything but "cat books" anymore, but this definitely sounds like one I'd like to read. Going to check it out now. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Shhhh...don't tell...but I have about had my fill of cat books lol (and dog books too for that matter)..........having done so many since 2009 I'm almost "over it" lol!!!!!!!!! It was nice reading a book that didn't have an animal in it (OMG DID I REALLY SAY THAT??!!! yessssssssss!!!) XOXO

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    2. HA HA HA - but Caren - there was a animal in it... Cecelia had a dog :)

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    3. Why do I not remember that???? OMG that's right!!! Now I remember!!! Duh! Well, the dog wasn't the FOCUS!!! lol xoxo

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  7. The story has immediately caught me. I need to know what happened next! Great job with your review Caren!

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    1. I think you would LOVE it!! I was at your blog earlier, saw the cat dolls but I am not a fan of cats in dresses (as dolls lol) and I didn't want to be negative so I didn't leave a comment) xoxoxo

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  8. Somehow, despite all the rave reviews I keep hearing, I have not yet ready any of Hilary Grossman's books. I really should remedy that. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    1. Yes you should!!! You are most welcome! When you read them, please let me know!

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  9. I read Plan Cee too. I really liked it - a lot of the story resonated with me.

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    1. Thanks so much Noodles!! me too..........that is what is so good about it. I think a lot of it is going to resonate with anyone who had former relationships :)

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  10. I have this book downloaded into my kindle just waiting to be read! I can't wait until I can find the time for it.

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    1. So happy to hear that Jan! Let me know how you like it!!!

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  11. Nice review. I enjoyed this book too.

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  12. I will have to check out her books. I've never read any of them, but I keep hearing great things!

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