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.
I have been waiting so long to read this book! And when that chance arrived, I couldn't put it down! The writing is superb and I wouldn't expect anything less from Hilary. (I LOVE the name of the adorable cat as well, Lila. <3)
Anna really grabs your attention from the beginning. She has what looks to be the prefect family from the outside, but on the inside is a broken woman who has wanted nothing more to be loved by her mother and to have that mother/daughter relationship she has craved for years.
Bea is a very head strong woman who is used to getting what she wants when she wants it. She comes across as very cold and rigid with no real emotional attachment t Anna, Cole or even her own grandchildren Violet and Harley.
Then Bea comes to Anna with her newest undertaking, she is getting MARRIED! Anna does a double take? Not only is her mother marrying a man that she has only known for a few months but she is asking Anna to be her WEDDING PLANNER? Anna thinks she is certifiable at this point. But against her better judgment and Cole's reservations about the whole idea, Anna agrees to help her out.
Throughout the way they go and pick out invitations, flowers, dresses, food and more. Every time Anna makes a suggestion, Bea shoots it down and goes with the complete opposite. Anna starts to question why she is even there?
Without giving much more of this amazing story away, let me just say you need to read it to fully grasp the dynamic of this mother/daughter relationship from beginning to end. You will get so attached to these characters and really feel the emotions they are feeling every step of their personal journeys!
Sit back, grab a glass of wine or a bottle and enjoy the ride! It will be worth it 100%!
With such a heart felt family drama from beginning to end, I would pair this piece with a red wine from the Finger Lakes Region, Red Cat Red Wine!
I would give Plan Bea 5 wine glasses at the very least! I was loving every minute of this heart felt family dynamic!
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