I was honored to receive an advance review copy of PLAN CEE, which was released today! Keep reading to find out more about the latest book by Hilary Grossman, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $25 Starbuck’s Gift Card—find the Rafflecopter to enter at the bottom of this post.
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About Plan Cee
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?
While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
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From the outside looking in, life for Cecilia Reynolds seems perfect: she has an adoring husband, happy children, great friends, and is surrounded by love. What lies just below the surface is a different story, though, with a past that colors and haunts her present, including a father who walked out on her and her mother and wanted nothing to do with her, instead favoring her new baby stepsister, and an ex-romance that once shattered her heart.
Twenty years after Cecelia’s relationship with Keith Emerson ended and they last saw one another, Keith resurfaces in her life. Just seeing him throws her heart and mind into turmoil, dredging up feelings that were never fully put to rest. When Keith makes advances toward her, she’s overwhelmed by questions from the past and the confusion in her heart. As for the events that follow and the decisions Cecelia makes… well, you’ll have to read Plan Cee to find out!
What Cecelia confronts in Plan Cee is much more than a choice between staying loyal to her marriage with her husband, Bryce, and a second chance with Keith, the man she never quite got over. It’s an exploration of herself and what’s shaped her life and choices — the past she’s let control her, and the fear she’s allowed to take the wheel. This is not a fluffy, gloss-over-the-issues kind of novel, but a realistic, reflective, and thoughtful story that doesn’t shy away from heart-wrenching scenes. To sum it up in two words, it’s real. The emotion in Hilary Grossman’s story is spot-on, and yeah, there’s some tough love Cecelia must face from those she’s closest to. I enjoyed seeing the return of some favorite characters from Plan Bea and reading Cecelia’s story, and agree with the book description that it can definitely also be read and enjoyed as a standalone book.
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Read Plan Bea for free
All that said, if you’re still unsure about reading PLAN CEE as a standalone, you’re in luck! PLAN BEA, the book that came before it, is FREE at Amazon until March 11!
Here’s what it’s about:
We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?
On the outside, Annabel O’Conner has it all – the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother’s love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.
Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?
Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.
As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan “Long Island’s wedding of the year” they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women’s contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.
“Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional – no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed – like real life. I thought the twist was genius!” – Meredith Schorr, Best Selling Author
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About Hilary Grossman
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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Starbuck’s gift card giveaway
Hilary Grossman is also having a giveaway for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card to celebrate the release of Plan Cee! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
If you check out Plan Cee or Plan Bea, let me know in the comments. Happy reading!