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FromtheUSA Today bestselling author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbeycomes a wonderfully entertaining book about what to do when life comes at you full swing. At forty-one, Vivian Armstrong Gray's life as an investigative journalist is crumbling. Humiliated after taking a bullet in her backside during an exposé, Vivi learns that she's pregnant, jobless, and very horm ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Jove (first published January 19th 2010)
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Andrea
Since my undergrad was in broadcast journalism, I am always excited to read a good story about a journalist. If it has a chick-lit theme with a good plot and good characters, that's even better. And Magnolia Wednesdays was just that.

While I didn't completely connect with the main character, Vivi (although I love the teaching job that I have now, it's not my life), I definitely remember how intense broadcast journalism can be and how life-consuming it can be. I loved how Vivi grew into a warm, lo
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Jennifer
One of the best things about being a blogger is discovering new authors that I have not heard of before. When I was asked to review Wendy Wax's novel Magnolia Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance. This book is right up my alley. As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked. The characters are so richly portrayed and drawn out. The plot moved steadily and all loose ends were wrapped up nicely. I actually tried to read this book as slowly as possible because I wanted to savor each and every word on ...more
Cheryl
Vivien Armstrong Gray was covering one of the biggest stories when things went terribly wrong and Vivien ended up getting shot in the butt. After this incident, Vivien has become the butt of everyone’s jokes. Vivien needs a break, so she heads down to stay with her sister, Melanie and her two children, Sheila and Trip.

Vivien soon realizes things aren’t always as they seem in the suburbs. Vivien comes up with the idea to write a news column about the burbs. She calls it Postcards from Suburbia. S
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Sara
Wanted to like this novel and to be able to recommend as a lighter read for book club, but alas this will not do. Vivi is a smart reporter in NYC until she gets shot on a story. Humiliated as her shooting hits the net and after learning she is being replaced at work, she quits her job. She decides to return home to a sister in the South whom she no longer knows. And there she sees the lives of suburban minivan moms and writes up snotty articles making fun of their lifestyles. So, she is living i ...more
Vickie
Magnolia Wednesdays is the first book I have ever read by Wendy Wax, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vivien Armstrong Gray is a Southerner at heart whether she realizes it or not. When her life as a investigative journalist in NYC spins out of control, she heads home to her sister in Georgia where Vivian attempts to blend her old life into her new life.

I look forward to reading more by Wendy Wax.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Laurel-Rain
Wendy Wax has magically turned "Magnolia Wednesdays" into one of those homey, cozy, and totally intriguing peeks into the Southern way of life. For a woman who thought she'd totally escaped that world, Vivien Armstrong Gray finds herself suddenly catapulted back there when she is shot in the derriere while investigating a story. When the video ends up on You-Tube, and her employers think she needs to take a step back and they bring in an "understudy" for her to train, she quits.

Huffily, she take
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Melody
I totally enjoyed reading Wendy Wax's previous novel, The Accidental Bestseller so when the publicist asked if I wanted to review her latest release, Magnolia Wednesdays, I said yes without hesitation.

While The Accidental Bestseller tells the story of a writer's life, this time around Magnolia Wednesdays allows readers to get a glimpse of the life of a journalist and I have to say I totally loved the setting as I have always been intrigued by this profession (and not to mention I am in awe of j
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Macwolf01 [Elise]
I'd actually give this book 3 1/2 stars but it won't let me. I really like Wendy Wax's writing style and the book was a quick easy read. This story bounces back and forth from the perspectives of 2 sisters. Vivi gets shot in the bum, quits her job in an emotional explosion and then finds out she's pregnant. She heads down to live with her widowed sister and her two teens.

~~~SPOILER~~~
My only complaint with this book is that NO ONE is so completely self delusional about their own life as Vivi is
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Julia
Vivien Armstrong Gray is reaching that certain decade in broadcast journalism that can be a little difficult to breach. As one of her investigative pieces winds up more popular on You Tube and her body is becoming a hormonal mess, Vivi heads home to Georgia. This suburban life of her sister Melanie is very foreign to Vivi, but the sisters adult relationship eventually begins to flourish. Many of the nuances of any Southern novel are here, but Wax does a gentle job with her characters and they ar ...more
Becky
The book started off slowly for me but definitely picked up momentum once you figure out how all the characters are connected and what their individual stories are. I was really drawn into Vivien's sister's, Melanie's, life with her two teenage children and how Vivien fit into their lives. I wasn't as interested in the side character's stories, Ruth and Angie. I got tired of reading about Angie's insecurities about her former life as a fat girl and I just wanted her to come clean with her fiance ...more
Sharon
Okay, it's a beach read and I'm not on the beach. A bit in the genra of Kinsella and the shopaholic books, though Vivien is a lot smarter but similarly self-absorbed.

Vivien and sister Melanie were raised in a well-to-do home with expectations that they would continue to represent their upper crust family and never shame them, marry well, have pretty smart kids and continue to be seen and not heard. Well, Vivien early on exposed a family friend and politician who was skimming. Thus began her rej
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Erin
Yawn inducing predictable, minus one surprise. Total joke that they feel the need a Reader's Guide in the back, as the book has the same depth as a kiddie pool.

If I have to say something nice, I will say that I want those purple strappy sandals on the cover.
Caryn
2.5. I felt this book dragged and was slow to begin. It all wrapped up in one fell swoop at the same time. I've definitely read better women's fiction.
Rosemary
This book was a surprise in that it turned out to be better than I had expected. It was actually entertaining and well written. There were a couple of plot points that drove me crazy however. Not telling the sister you're living with that you're pregnant? Not telling the father? Seriously?? I had to suspend my disbelief in a few instances but did enjoy the book overall. But the one thing that really bugged me the most was this -- after suffering through nine months' worth of horrible details abo ...more
Ally
This book was difficult for me to get into, mainly because it first appeared to be your typical, run-of-the-mill story. New Yorker Vivian Gray goes into the suburbs, a "foreign land", poking fun at the apparently mediocre lives of suburbanites as a tabloid journalist (former broadcast journalist). But once I got to the middle of the book, it was hard to put down. Every character became rich with life, everyone had a unique story of their own. It felt as if I knew the characters, or that they rem ...more
Carlye
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MK
Magnolia Wednesdays was a bit of a slow starter in my opinion. I basically puddled through the first 200 pages of the book to finally reach the "mysteries", and I use this word very loosely, of the novel.

Vivian Gray moves back home to Atlanta after a humiliating shooting and her vanishing youth does in her distinguished career as an investigative reporter in New York City. But all is not lost, Vivian will now be writing a syndicated column on life in suburbia, of which she knows absolutely nothi
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Tonya
Cute, typical but a good fluff read. Vivi is an independent woman who lives an edgy lifestyle as a journalist. She fancies herself a wonderful writer and a single independent woman. However the bottom drops out of her life when she is replaced by someone younger, shot in the buttocks and surprise surprise she is pregnant.

So she heads home, as we all do when the going gets rough. She doesn't tell anyone in her family she is pregnant or she is writing this article anon. about surburbia and the cr
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Barbara
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Carol W
Chosen after seeing it reviewed online. My copy is quite battered unfortunately, due to a trip across the pond, as not available in the UK.


A novel about families, loyalties, secrets and friendships.


Vivien Armstrong, a journalist, has a life changing turn of events which begin wither her being shot covering her latest expose. Along with the humiliation of it being broadcast on Youtube, being replaced at work by a younger model and finding herself pregnant at 41, Vivien decides to leave town.


She h
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Tiffany
I read a review of Magnolia Wednesdays on the Barnes & Noble website and it caught my attention because I'm a southern girl and it sounded like an interesting story about a southern woman going back to her roots. The majority of the book is set in a suburb of Atlanta which I'm very familiar with, so I enjoyed the reference points to specific roads and areas of town. Beyond that, the novel is focused around an investigative reporter who works in NYC, but is a transplant from GA. The fun start ...more
Kathleen
The opening pages of “Magnolia Wednesdays” set the stage for Vivien Armstrong Gray’s personal and professional life to unravel. With smart dialogue, entertaining circumstances, typical of Wendy Wax’s novels, the story quickly drew me in. Pregnant, humiliated by a video of herself gone viral on YouTube, and jobless, Vivi returns to her widowed sister’s home in Georgia to figure out her next steps.

The sister, Melanie, has opened a dance studio, a venue which allows the reader to meet a number of c
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Mary
Magnolia Wednesdays is an entertaining novel that at times had me feeling exasperated by Vivi and other times wanting to give her a consoling hug. Vivian is clearly hormonal. Her sister Melanie invites her to live in her home after Vivi loses her job and finds out she's pregnant. Melanie and her two children are still mourning the death of her husband (two years earlier). Vivi welcomes the chance to help her sister with the kids and also at Melanie's dance studio. Melanie is only too happy to ac ...more
Heather
I really don't know how to rate this book. On the one hand, I found it so cheesy, silly, poorly written and predictable that I wanted to give it a big fat zero. I mean seriously, how many Gone with the Wind references does any southern book really need? But on the other hand, the book totally enraptured me, I could not put it down and read it in under week, so there must have been something worthwhile for me to get so involved? I'm settling on two stars.
Michelle
Fluffy beach read about a disgraced reporter from Manhattan who retreats to her sister’s house in the Atlanta suburbs to recover from professional and personal embarrassment. There are some fun moments and the characters at the sister’s dance studio are quirky and lively. I could’ve done without the various subplots-they were totally unnecessary (and I’m sorry but someone who owns local bagel shops is not going to sell them for $65 million, Einstein Brothers’ market cap is only $200 million)-but ...more
Mary
Another earlier Wendy Wax book and, again, not a favourite. Vivien, the heroine, was not particularly likeable (always an issue for me). I don't mind some snark, but I dislike snide. She treats her sister, who has taken her in, quite badly. Though she does grow and it, of course, all comes together in love and redemption and family, Vivien is hard to cheer for!
Alice Maisano
I like Wendy Wax. I like her characters with all their many flaws and I like the way she tells a story. This is chick lit but good chick lit. I closed the book feeling satisfied and thinking I really enjoyed my time with Vivi, Melanie and especially Ruth. I would call this a beach read but it's really an any time you want to be entertained and not taxed read.
Tonya
Vivien is a serious news journalist who is shot in her rear while on an undercover assignment. She unexpectedly becomes a You Tube sensation, and discovers she is pregnant, quite unexpected at the age of 41. Her boyfriend, Stone, is covering stories overseas. After discovering her boss is grooming the new, younger talent to take her place, Vivien decides to seek comfort with her sister's family in Georgia, where the suburban way of life is quite different from the big city living she is used to. ...more
Lucie Simone
Set in suburbia outside Atlanta, an area I lived in for several years, I could totally relate to the two main characters, Vivian & Melanie. Vivi, an investigative journalist working in NYC gets shot in the butt while investigating a story, loses her job, and discovers she's pregnant. She heads down to Georgia to reconnect with her widowed sister, Melanie, and write a column on suburban life anonymously. I really enjoyed the two main characters and the course of their relationship throughout ...more
Joanna Warrens
This is a classic Wendy Wax book. Her books are very entertaining and this was no exception. Wax's books often involve very human and flawed heroines. In the main character of Vivien this is very much the case. She keeps making the same mistakes over again even though she begins to realize that they are mistakes. She just doesn't know how to stop. I think that makes her a very relatable character. There is also a common Wendy Wax theme of secrets and how destructive they can be.
I loved this book
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The Wendy Wax who writes Children Books is my cousin. She’s at www.wendywax.com/. See the PW Article about the 2 Wendy Waxes.I'm the Wendy Wax who writes women's fiction exploring friendship,self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I'm proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my "Ten Beach Road" titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach ...more
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