On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she belie ...more
The characters were well developed and I found Annabel likeable and relatable, as for her mother Bea..... see the last point in the previous sentence.
This is the second of Hilary's books I've read and I'm really looking forward to the next one (You big tease Hilary! Leave me hanging like ...more
Anna really grabs your attention from the beginning. She has what looks to be the prefect family from the outside, but on the inside is a broken woman who has wanted nothing more to be loved by her mother and to have that mother/daughter relationship she has craved for yea ...more
Annabel O'Conner and her mother, Beatrice Buchanan, have a very troubled relationship. They chat via phone on Thursdays for 15 minutes. This is all the contact they have! This arrangement was set in place at the request of Bea and has been in place for 12 years!
When Anna became pregnant with her first child, she had to wait until Thursday to tell her mom .... when Anna gave birth to her daughter, Violet, she had to wait until Thu ...more
When we first meet Anna we think her life is perfect. Perfect husband, perfect family, perfect life. But as you read PLAN BEA you find out that she is broken inside and in deep denial. All she wants is a normal relationship with her mother. Her mother has always kept her at a distance and when tragedy strikes the family, her mother pushes her even farther away. Now her mother, BEA, is getting married and wants Anna's help.
PLAN BEA is a heartbreaking look at a mother/daughter relationship that is ...more
We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?
On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.
Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a s ...more
Then, out of the blue, Beatrice calls and tells Annabel she’s getting married. She pleads with Annabel to help make this the best wedding e ...more
Annabel is a working mom of two adorable children, and she has a wonderful husband. They are living a pretty good life. The major snag in Annabel’s seemingly perfect life is her mother, Bea. Bea is very opinionated, rather stubborn, and sometimes just a bitch. Annabel just wants her mother to show that she loves her and her children. However, there is way more to this story tha ...more
I think as I read this story, it made me realize that no ...more
Anna has a seemingly perfect life. Married to the lovely Cole, with a gorgeous son and daughter, what more could she wish for? Other than the love and approval of her mother, Bea, that is. Bea is distant and aloof towards Anna and the children, until she informs Anna she is getting married and wants her help in organising the wedding. As they are thrown together more and more, the two women gradually open up to each other, and Anna begins to understand ...more
Annabel is the woman that has it all except a great relationship with her mother, Bea. When Bea meets a man things begin to change. The women find they may be more like each other than they thought.
I don't want to give away too much but if you love family drama, sweet moments, and some tears in your book this is the perfect book for you.
Annabel O’Conner has a terrible relationship with her mother, Bea, and despite the fact there are many things going right in her life, like a supportive husband, two great kids, and an amazing job, she can't help but yearn for the mother she thinks she should have. One surprise call from Bea, requesting Annabel's help to organize her wedding turns Annabel's world on its ear. Everything she thought sh ...more
Author Hilary Grossman weaves a poignant tale that follows the strained relationship between mother Beatrice "Bea" Buchanan and daughter Annabel "Anna" O'Conner. Set in Long Island and told in the first person narrative, Anna takes the reader along for the ride as they try to repair their complex and long strained mother-daughter relationship.
With plenty of drama, angst, secrets, an ...more
But what is it? Her own mother. How that can be? Is she dead?
No! Her mother, Beatrice is very much alive.
Beatrice is very rich woman. She is stubborn and cold woman. She doesn’t care about other people, because she is sel ...more
I have this sometimes very frustrating habit of either deciding I want to read a book either by its cover, or by the author and barely glancing at the blurb until I've started reading. Plan Bea was one such book and as a result, from the first few pages it was clear it was going to have a different focus to it, to whatever I had been thinking. However I am so glad it was written the way it was, as its a brilliant story.
Plan Bea is a story about Annabel's relationship with her mother Bea. For ma ...more
I have to confess a few things, first.
One: I love Hilary Grossman. She's super nice and her first book - Dangled Carat was amazing and one of my all time favorites.
Two: She didn't ask me to read Plan Bea or to review it. I did that because of what i mentioned above.
That being said you'll see my problem next. I was conflicted for about 60% of the book, because i didn't like it that much and i kept t ...more
Bea reminds me of Quella Devil with a hidden soft side. She was raised to like the finer thinks in life, but when you stripped her down naked, the only things that really matte ...more
I would love to be friends with Annabel, her husband, and of course, her two little ones. Hilary’s writing is so powerful that I was easily drawn to Annabel’s mother, Bea, even though she was sarcastic and witchy, at times, though, at the end, I understood why.
“Plan Bea” was an amazi ...more
We learn that a tragic event is the cause of their rift, and read about it through flashbacks, which flow seamlessly with the story of the present day. That story--of Anna helping to plan Bea's wed ...more
I was looking to trying a book from the Women's Fiction genre, and saw that this one had nothing but positive reviews on Goodreads, so I assumed it would be a good place to start. Apparently I'm a black sheep!
To me, this literally read as a Lifetime Movie. Every possible tragic event that could possibly happen to one family happened to this family, and they all read as stereotype ...more
I didn't sleep the night I started reading this book. I've been waiting for this book since Hilary first mentioned that she was writing it. I yelled at Hilary the next morning and told her that kleenex warnings are necessary for her books in the future. (I'm warning all of you now to grab a few...) There were definitely a few things that were relatable and several scenes that kept me guessing. Actually, the whole book had me guessing, and it def...more