Best Staged Plans
[a Novel]Book - 2011
After reading them the riot act, Sandy takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend's boyfriend. The good news is that she can spend time with her recently married daughter, Shannon, in Atlanta. The bad news is that Shannon finds herself heading to Boston for job training, leaving Sandy and her southern son-in-law, Chance, as reluctant roommates. If that's not complicated enough, Sandy begins to suspect that her best friend's boyfriend may be seeing another woman on the side.
Filled with characters who are fresh and original, yet recognizable enough to live in your neighborhood--plus plenty of great tips and tricks for fixing up houses, and lives--this is a wise and witty story of letting go and moving on. Best Staged Plans is Claire Cook at her most humorous and heartfelt.
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I'd spent the better part of my life accumulating things, and now I couldn't let them go fast enough.
When deciding whether to let something go, there are two important questions to ask: _Have I used it in the last year? In the unlikely event that I ever need it again, could I replace it?_
If I had one brilliant piece of advice for parents whose daughter is getting married, it would be to offer to contribute a specific amount of money to the cause. Then tell the happy couple they can keep whatever they don't spend. The early months of planning had been fraught with arguments about how much Shannon could pay for her dress and whether they could fly in a live band. Yes, a live band. The minute we told Shannon she could keep the change, _poof_, the fights went away.
I'm not sure I could have a true friendship with anyone who underscores every funny comment with LOL. It's ridiculous. If you have to cue someone to laugh out loud, you're simply not being funny enough.
The truth is you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends' boyfriends. And since you didn't have to date them either, essentially I believed you shouldn't get a very big vote here.
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