But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to ...more
ARC received, my wait is over and I could not be happier!!!
Blessed! Thank you so much!!!
Actual footage of me awaiting this book release:
We now have a title!
We now have a cover!
If B.A. Paris wrote it,
I'm gonna to read it!
It's gettin' real now!
So excited for this!!
I have to admit, I didn’t expect a dramatic family fiction when I started reading this book. When I saw B. A. Paris’ name, I ...more
This was a boring short story that was stretched out into a full-length snooze of a book. I basically hate-read it.
Why? Let me count the ways:
• The entire book relies on the tired trope of a couple NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER!! UGH
• I found it hard to believe a grown ass woman would dream of a 40th birthday party for 20+ years, to make up for the big wedding she never had. The way she obsesses over the party is utterly ridiculous. Grow up already.
• Pages and pages could be skimmed ...more
The entire read takes place over the course of just one evening.
Told from alternating POV of Adam and Livia. A misguided couple so desperate to please each other yet so dismally confused on how to accomplish it.
A birthday party like no other!
Livia has saved up for years to throw herself the bash of the century for her 40th birthday! And no one’s stopping this epic event! No matter what craziness might be happening around ...more
Each chapter alternates between Olivia and her husband with everything in between.
Olivia didn’t have a fabulous wedding. She’s longed and planned for her 40th birthday, what seems like, all her life. She’s saved and invested all her years focused on it.
But does her birthday huge party go off with a bang?
It sure does. But not in the way we think.
Olivia is walking around with a secret. And we get to read what she’s really thinking and feeling.
And a dark cloud ...more
Most spouses keep a few secrets from each other, am I right? Everyone does it and it’s the reason why this novel will getcha.
Livia and Adam have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Josh, 22 and Marnie, 19. Having had a small wedding ceremony way back when, Livia has been scrimping and saving for 20 years to have a huge 40th Birthday Party to make up for what she has always dreamed of.
Livia’s party would almost be perfect, if only..
Livia never planned to keep this ...more
Adam and Livia are married with two children, Josh 22 and Marnie 19. Livia has been planning her 40th birthday party for twenty years to make up for her small wedding. She has been secretly saving so that she can have a party no one will forget.
All her friends will be there apart from her ...more
This is a case where the more I thought about this book, the more I turned to the dark side where the words "god I so dislike this story" entered my mind.. So what words describe a book like this...lackluster, boring, nonsensical, immature, egotistical are a few that come to mind. Of course none of them indicate a book that I would recommend.
First the premise of a woman who missed out on a big fairy tale wedding and now has scrimped and saved for countless ...more
Livia is about to turn 40. She has been planning ...more
I have one!
( apart from constantly spelling it with 1 m )
My dilemma is what to say about and what to mark this book
Firstly I am not going to give away any of the plot except to say ‘Dilemma’ is 352 pages of focused dilemma (s)
Words to describe it would be:
Claustrophobic, irritating, suspenseful, aggravating, wonderful, dark and upsetting!
Also at times repetitive
But boy did it drag you in, coax you to stay, involve you and make you tense at the same time as frustrating you
At times I ...more
”An angel walking to the Devil’s beat.”
Beautiful saying for a tattoo!
Dilemma is the perfect title for this book...well maybe Dilemmas would have been more appropriate! It’s an emotional tear-jerker that touches on sensitive subjects and pulls at your heartstrings.
4 ’s for this family drama—with more than one dilemma—that is told through alternating chapters by Liv and Adam. Parents of Marnie and Josh. They pour out their deepest feelings and private struggles to us...but not each other. Once ...more
Be sure to order your copy of this one. Tt was a great read, I HIGHLY recommend.
5 stars to times for sure.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review ...more
Reading Dilemma, early on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, gave me that feeling of a party.
Livia has been planning a party, she been putting money away for years, she set the date for the party but the ...more
Oh I LOVED this book but it was very traumatic!
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday party, a day she has planned for and obsessed over for years. But something she knows has thrown a dark cloud over things. Husband Adam is determined that Livia will have her dream day..But he has a secret of his own…
What an emotional rollercoaster of a read this was- jumping between Adam and Livia as things unfold you often want to clap your hands over your eyes in dismay for them as each reveals the thing they are ...more
Today is the day of her party and she is sure that everything is going to be perfect. She has a secret to tell her husband Adam but she will tell him tomorrow once the party is over.
Adam has a secret of his own and its trying not to say anything about it as he wants Livia to have her big day.
The tension in this book builds from chapter to chapter, it's a roller coaster ...more
The Dilemma is the fourth novel by British author, B.A. Paris. Livia Harman has an awful secret she’s choosing to reveal after her massive fortieth birthday party. It’s one of those devastating secrets that, when it comes out, is going to severely unbalance the lives of those close to her.
Her son Josh has a piece of news that’s not going to go down well with his father, and her daughter Marnie is definitely hiding something. Her husband Adam has a few surprises for her birthday, but will ...more
I still enjoyed it but was confused until I double checked the category it was listed under on Amazon - contemporary fiction. Keep this in mind and you'll be more ...more
A tense domestic thriller with a chilling twist, unsettling to say the least!
Livia is celebrating her 40th birthday and she’s having the party she’s been planning in her mind for decades. This party extravaganza is to make up for the wedding she never had when they were young. But Livia is holding a mortifying secret from her husband Adam and she’ll tell him when the party’s over.
Adam has a wonderful surprise in store for Livia’s birthday but he hears some devastating ...more
I am facing a huge dilemma (see what I did there?)
I want you to know exactly why The Dilemma broke me. I want you to understand why I adored it. I want you to follow my train of thoughts, walk the path I strode on with the characters. I want to discuss at length the symphony of emotions that the author triggered with her impeccable and flawless prose.
I want you to meet Livia and Adam on your own. I want your mind to be open. I want the thrill of discovering B.A. Paris’ latest book to make...more
Expected pub date: June 2020
Livia has been planning her over-the-top 40th birthday party for 20 years. In part, to make up for the large wedding she dreamed of and never got to have, and in hopes that her long-estranged parents will show up and make amends. As the day of the party draws closer, Livia discovers her daughter, Marnie, is unable to come ...more
This really was an emotional ride that by the finish had the tears pouring down my face.
This really needs to just be picked up and read with no prior expectations.
Its essentially at heart a family drama that focuses heavily on the family dynamic and what makes people tick.
A dilemma of ultimate truth told from both Husband and wife Livia and Adam who are both holding their cards close to there chest, temporally withholding certain facts they believe will protect and shield there loved ones.
Thank you to HQ for the gifted ARC of The Dilemma by B. A. Paris - Published, 9 January 2020.
I don’t know about anybody else, but after reading three B. A. Paris books, she is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors! I have loved all three, and I now can’t wait to read the final book of hers I still haven’t got too “Bring Her Back” (if you’ve read that one, do let me know how you found it).
The Dilemma was everything you could hope for based off the title—it really was a book that ...more
For me, it fell flat and I had a hard time connecting to it. It's basically one of those books where you spend the whole book waiting for the answer to one simple question, which you're pretty sure you know ...more