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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Plan Bea is the story of a mother and daughter and the many downs and very few ups of their lives. Beatrice (Bea) is the mother, a very cold and angry woman. Annabel (Anna) is her daughter who has a loving marriage to Cole and two wonderful children, Violet and Harley. Mother and daughter have not been close for many years, only speaking once a week at a designated time for no more than fifteen minutes. Anna has never stopped trying to win back Bea’s love. When Bea finds her second true love, Walter, on a cruise, she learns to look at life in a different way. The two soon begin planning a wedding and Beatrice turns to Anna for help in planning her country club wedding. Although Anna is surprised at this request, she cannot refuse and soon they are spending many hours together, planning and slowly coming to understand what has happened to their relationship. The ending was a real surprise and you will have to read it yourself because I do not want to spoil the twist.
Plan Bea is an emotional roller coaster that had me crying, laughing, and feeling pain and sorrow. It is a very real story with very identifiable characters that we all have known. Hilary Grossman is a talented author who has written a story of family conflict, family love, and friendship in a perfect combination with many twists and turns and a joyful surprise ending. I do not believe there is a mother or daughter who would not enjoy reading Plan Bea. Don’t pass up this one – it is a winner.