When Carly Spencer's husband quits his job and buys a boat to sail to Hawaii, Carly takes her 15-year-old daughter to Northern California, where she grew up. Her mother still runs Chatsworth-by-the-Sea, a 150-year-old bed-and-breakfast with its own ghost legend. With a hostile mother, a daughter willing to blame her for everything and two men interested in her, her life becomes even more stressful
I must say that Susan Mallery is one of my favorite contemporary authors- but I was really disappointed in this book. The story sort of meanders along, and we're not really sure who the love interest is supposed to be. The secondary characters are somewhat annoying, and the plot, which revolves around a bed and breakfast inn featuring a ghost, is unbelievable bordering on ridiculous. I loved her Bakery sisters series, her Marcelli sisters series and the Buchanan family series- try one of those books instead, this one's a dud. Oh well, everyone's entitled to one!
Carly Spencer, weeks away from the Big 40, finds herself and smart-mouth 15 year old daughter Tiffany on their way to her childhood home, Chatsworth-by-the-Sea, a Bed & Breakfast on the Northern CA coast. Her marriage of 17 years is over, her soon-to-be ex-husband needs to find himself, at least that's what he says. Plan A - The good life in Santa Monica with Neil, a successful executive is gone. Now on to Plan B Carly's going to run the B&B with her mother, Rhonda, for the next 2 years then Rhonda will retire to Las Vegas. Cathsworth has been in Carly's family for at least 150 years her many-greats grandfather had the English manor brought over and reconstructed after striking it rich in the gold fields. The house is haunted by a young woman, Mary, she was Carly's friend when Carly still lived at Chatsworth. The B&B and Rhonda are not in the best shape now so it's up to Carly to put Plan B into motion. A younger than Carly ghost-buster and a former teacher both would like to be her new love interest but she's not sure. With wonderful humor and wit Ms Mallery has created a great story.
This is such a fun story...especially for newly divorced women whose teens are playing all the angles. Domineering mothers finding fault left & right. Men who think a divorcee should fall into their laps with gratitude & the women who outrank, outclass & outlove them all.
Such a thoroughly enjoyable book about a divorcee, a survivor who refused to go down w/o a fight. She had a teen daughter to parent & an ex-husband who wanted to sail the world, leave all responsibility behind. How do we find new reservoirs of grit & determination at our darkest moment? Carly fought back, faced her own early years & prepared to survive all life was throwing at her & found it to be a minute by minute challenge - who would stand by her, plot against her & who would be her ally. When failure is not an option, how do you meet an overwhelming challenge?
Not your typical Susan Mallery story. It had some romance elements but it was not really a happily ever after romance. It really focused more on Carly moving on after her divorce from her husband and figuring out her place in the world.
It was a nice read, not as intriguing as her other books but I still enjoyed it.
Carly Spencer, former perfect wife, was changing her agenda...
Because Plan A -- be a stay-at-home mother and wife to a successful executive -- had come crashing down. And left her, at age thirty-nine and ten months, with little to no money, a surly fifteen-year-old daughter and a burning need to start again.
WHICH BRINGS US TO PLAN B ...
back home to Chatsworth-by-the-Sea, to her stately (or so she remembered) birthplace. Only, Carly and the palatial old home had one thing in common -- a need for a head-to-toe makeover, not to mention some TLC. So what's a woman to do?
Get to work, for starters. And as she restored her house, she was beginning to find herself ... a home ....