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Preview — Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook
Best Staged Plans
As a professional home stager, Sandy Sullivan is an expert at transforming cluttered rooms into attractive houses ready for sale. If only reinventing her life were as easy as choosing the perfect paint color. She's eager to put her family's suburban Boston home on the market, to downsize, and to simplify her own life. But she must first deal with her foot-dragging husband...more
So I'm sitting in my bedroom reading and I'm getting kind of creeped out because it was as if I was reading about my life. How on earth did Claire know so much about me? The main character of the story is Sandy, a middle-age home stager. Me? I'm Carolyn, a ...more
Best Staged Plans is about professional home stager Sandy Sullivan, a married, mid-life, empty-nester, mother of 2. We have son Luke, who has no reason to leave home since his job is computer portable, so turns the basement into his personal fortress, and daughter, ...more
Sandi's husband is now retired and spends his days playing tennis and running. Sandi's son lives in the basement, which she refers to as the "bat cave". They have decided that it is time to sell their huge, old home and move on but don't know where t ...more
Loved the interior design and gourmet tips, as well as the quick wit of Sandy and her best friend Denise. The banter between mother and daughter and son in law was so much fun. Best of all was Sandy taking Naomi under her wing and saving her life.
Would highl ...more
Best Staged Plans, are about Sandy, and her husband Greg living in the suburbs of Boston. Their young adult son still lives with them in the "bat cave". They a ...more
As I was negotiating the rain, the closing pharmacy, no parking and people jaywalking in the dark rainy night, two guys in the next doorway pointed o ...more
Too bad that reinventing one's own life is not nearly as easy.
Just when Sandra thinks that she and her husband can finally sell their huge Victorian home and move somewhere simpler for the next chapter of their lives, she meets one obstacle after another. First, her husband and grown son would rather play and procrastin ...more
My favorite parts...the 'readers!' Love this! Such wonderfully drawn characters...ponytail guy (can just feel him grunting an ...more
Anyway. Woman has a staging business, where she cleans up and stages houses that are for sale. A decent, but totally 'burb-type job. She lives in the Northeast (Bo ...more
Sandy and her husband have raised their two children and are ready for a new stage in their lives. At least, Sandy is. Frustrated with her husband, who is procrastinating about getting their lovely Victorian home in the Boston suburbs in perfect shape to sell, and about her grown son living in their basement, she takes a staging j ...more
Best Staged Plans is Claire Cook’s delightful and entertaining new novel! This book is simply one of the most relatable stories I have ever read. The characters are realistic, down to earth, everyday people that I felt I could be friends with. They reminded me of neighbors and family. The novel has a very natural feel to it. It is evident that Claire did her homework with this novel.
The story takes place in the Northeast and the Sou ...more
Best Staged Plans was an entertaining exploration of a woman going through her very own “mid life crisis”. Regardless of whether you personally have made it to this stage in life or not, everyone can relate to coming to a crossroads and feeling the urge to change those things which we interpret as stagnant. For Sandy this is her home, her life, possibly even her husband. If I only had one word to describe Sandy it would be “determined”!
For m ...more
Sandy loves her job as a professional home stager and is thrilled when she lands a contract to stage a boutique hotel in Atlanta. Her daughter, Shannon, and her husband, Chance, live in Atl ...more
I really enjoyed this novel. It was easy to read with warm characters, snappy dialogue and a story line I found interesting and somehow relatable, even without having any knowledge or experience with empty nest syndrome.
I loved Sandy’s character. She was warm and funny and never takes herself too seriously, which always leads to humorous situations. Even with not being a huge fan of TV design shows, I found her career interesting and liked the home decorating ...more
I can always count on Claire Cook to get my summer reading off to a good start and Best Staged Plans did that again for me this summer. Sandy Sullivan stages houses, (gets houses ready for selling). As she looks toward retiring herself, she wants to get her house in order and gets frustrated with her family because she seems to be the only one who wants to get the house in Boston ready for selling. Getting frustrated with everything she takes a job in Atlanta to stage a new hotel for her best f ...more
Great memory book. This woman is telling others what they need to do to sell their house. She tries to impleemnt the same thing in her house so
her 20+ yo son and her husband will help with the manual labor and get their house ready to sell or she's leaving.
She has things in her junk drawer that I also remeber having: mood ring-and she knew what all the colors meant. This is a hilarious book at times
and a serious one at times. Maps that are more uptodate online, ga ...more
I’ve just reinvented myself again by writing my first nonfiction book, Never Too Late, to share everything I’ve learned on my own journey that might help you ...more