The Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club Message Board › New Meetup: North Hills book club meeting - The Stepmother by Carrie Adams
Announcing a new Meetup for The Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club!
What: North Hills book club meeting - The Stepmother by Carrie Adams
When: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:00 PM
Where: Panera Bread
7217 McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Since Kim is still out, I will again try to fill her shoes at this meeting. Normally we would meet the 3rd week of August but since there is no book club meeting the 2nd week of the month anymore, I'm scheduling it for the 2nd Wednesday at least for August. Panera on McKnight worked well for us in July so we'll meet there again.
We chose the book The Stepmother by Carrie Adams for August. It is a sequel of sorts to Ms. Adams' first book, The Godmother. But you don't have to read the first one for this book to make sense.
Here is a synopsis:
Adams follows up 2006's The Godmother with a perceptive chick noir, once again debunking the notion that everything's smooth sailing once you've found the love of your life. Tessa King (heroine of Adams's first novel) has finally nabbed hers: James, an older man with three charming daughters from a previous marriage. These daughters—including daddy's girl extraordinaire, 14-year-old Amber—don't seem so lovely once stepmother-in-waiting Tessa has to deal with their dirty school uniforms and petty jealousies. Nor did Tessa sign up for the emotional baggage of James's ex-wife, Bea, who broke James's heart. With all the angst, how's a girl supposed to plan the perfect white wedding? Meanwhile, Bea—who shares narration duty—still has a torch burning for James and has buried years of regret and guilt under binge eating and, soon, compulsive drinking. Family dramas and crises bring Bea and Tessa together with surprising results. Particularly refreshing are Tessa's and Bea's co-starring roles, which allows Adams to explore in sometimes painful detail how the real work begins once you've got the diamond ring. Fans of Marian Keyes and Emily Giffin will enjoy Adams's engrossing second outing.
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