It’s release day for PLAN BEA, the second book from Hilary Grossman! I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of PLAN BEA, and today I’m sharing my review.

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My review

Cover of PLAN BEA by Hilary Grossman“We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?” This question, posed by PLAN BEA protagonist Annabel O’Conner, is a key theme in Hilary Grossman’s second book. Through a narrative that explores what happens when we push away loved ones and leave so many things unsaid, the author takes us on a journey that explores the complicated relationship between Annabel and her mother, Bea, as they try to heal hurts and misunderstandings from their past that has shaped the strained relationship they have when we first meet the two, and we come to understand both of them better through what they finally share with one another.

I found PLAN BEA to be a carefully plotted, well-thought-out book with flashes to the past and backstory at just the right times. It was easy to see the character growth in both Annabel and Bea as they opened up to one another and had to confront the part each of them had played in the breakdown of their relationship. When I review books, I try very hard not to give any spoilers (you’ll have to read it!) but I have to say, I didn’t see one big surprise twist in this book coming and I absolutely loved it. If you read it, you’ll know EXACTLY what twist I mean.

All-in-all, this is a very human book that confronts the complexity of relationships, grief, anger, personal growth, and moving on. The characters are likable—I even found myself liking Bea as I got to know her!—and it’s an enjoyable story that will keep you reading through to the end.

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

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How well do you really know the people in your life?

Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.

Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.

In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.

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Photo of Hilary GrossmanAbout Hilary Grossman

Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island.

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Cover of DANGLED CARAT by Hilary GrossmanHilary Grossman’s first book, DANGLED CARAT, is on sale for just 99 cents! Get the Kindle Countdown deal while it’s still on sale.


How many faux engagements can one girl have?

Hilary learns the hard way more than you can imagine. She has no idea what to do. She’s been dating perfect on paper, Marc, for years. He’s everything she wants in a man except for one thing. He’s beyond afraid of commitment! Tired of waiting for Marc to come to his senses, the couple’s friends decide to take matters into their own hands and throw a surprise “engagement” party. Only problem is their meddling has unforeseen consequences…

In this real life chick lit story, Hilary Grossman digs deep as she explores the good, the bad, and the frustrating of dating. Dangled Carat is the perfect light hearted, funny, and relatable story for every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him. Chick lit readers will be hooked!


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About Jennifer Farwell

Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents' freshly painted white walls. She's the award-winning author of metaphysical YA romance SEVEN WEEKS TO FOREVER (Readers' Favorite 2017 Book Awards gold medal winner), and celebrity romance chick lit books HIDING OUT IN HOLLYWOOD, ROCK STAR'S GIRL, and the forthcoming BILLION DOLLAR BOYFRIEND. Her books have been featured by Cosmopolitan, Publishers Weekly, Wattpad, and Fangirlish, among others, and may appeal to readers who enjoy books by Lauren Weisberger, Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Conrad, and Helen Fielding. When not writing novels, she can often be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.