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
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
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
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
Taking on staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta for her BFF, Denise's, new boyfriend, Sandra leaves Greg & Luke to get the house in shape while she stays with her daughter Shannon and new son-in-law Chance.
Great home staging & decorator tips, a look a homelessness with a face, light hearted ...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
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
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”!
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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
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
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
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
I've reinvented myself once again by turning Must Lov ...more