Book Review: Plan Bea

Plan Bea

Beatrice Buchanan may not be the world’s worst grandmother, but she’s quite possibly in the top ten. She has no relationship with her grandchildren and the only time she speaks to her daughter is for fifteen minutes on the way to the nail salon. You can imagine her daughter Annabel’s surprise when she suddenly calls her up to tell her she’s getting married and she wants Annabel to help with the arrangements. It may seem impossible, but they might just end up healing their fractured relationship in the bargain.

I couldn’t put this book down! Every time I thought I’d take a break I’d find myself saying “just another chapter” and when I had to go back to work after my lunch break I kept thinking about it. The characters were believable and I was able to really get into their lives. There were so many times I just wanted to grab Bea and shake her, but it really made her come alive for me. There’s nothing quite like a good villain, especially in a women’s fiction novel where so many of the villains are bosses or catty “friends.” I definitely sympathized with Annabel wanting her mother’s affection at any cost, and was on a rollercoaster through the whole book wondering if they’d fix their relationship or make it worse.

There is a bit of a twist at the end, which I already knew was coming – I generally don’t like it when people tell me ahead of time that there’s a twist, I like to get there for myself – but I was pleasantly surprised and couldn’t stop grinning as I read it.

I was a little disappointed at the end when a little history was hinted at between two of the side characters but never fleshed out, but instantly pacified when I went straight into a preview of the sequel that deals with those two characters. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Plan Cee when it comes out. They did an excellent job teasing it at the end of the book and I’m already hooked.

There were two minor things about it that I have to nitpick. First, there were a lot of places where a contraction would have sounded more natural. Some of the dialogue felt a little stilted because of it, though it was still enjoyable so I was able to overlook it in most cases. Second, there were a few instances where it switched from past tense to present and it really pulled me out of the story. Those were the only things, though, and they weren’t bothersome enough to make me give up.

All in all I found this to be a good book. I recommend it to everyone, not just fans of women’s fiction.

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