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Library Journal named Best Staged Plans one of the best Women’s Fiction Books of the year!

"Addicts of HGTV will drool."—Booklist

“Midlife craziness...crowd-pleaser for empty nesters...charmer...Cook knows the territory of secret longing and snappy dialog.”—Publishers Weekly

Sandy Sullivan is a professional home stager who lives and works in the Boston suburbs. So getting rid of her own house and downsizing should be a breeze, right? Well, best staged plans and all, Sandy's husband, Greg, is dragging his feet and their son, Luke, has returned home and moved into the "bat cave" in the basement. Sandy reads them both the riot act and takes a job staging a boutique hotel recently acquired by her best friend's boyfriend. Then Sandy finds out her best friend's boyfriend may be seeing another woman on the side. Fixing up houses may turn out to be easier than fixing up lives.

"Ms. Cook's writing only gets better with each new book."—New York Journal of Books

“Sandra is a professional home stager based out of the Boston area. Knowledgeable about home design and full of ideas, she somehow can’t manage to get her own house ready for the market, thanks to her slacking-off husband and son. When she gets an offer to stage a boutique hotel in Atlanta, she leaps at the chance to run away and get some distance and perspective. She soon starts to wonder whether her whole life, not just her home, needs a makeover. Fans of HGTV and of Cook’s previous charming fiction (Seven Year Switch, Must Love Dogs) will adore this light, funny read.”—★ STARRED Library Journal review

"Conflict between happy family memories and the need to move forward is tempered by a great running gag about reading glasses, realistic relationships with friends and children, and much needed perspective from a stranger in need... Addicts to HGTV marathons will drool over Sandra’s tips for paint samples and thrift-store bargains. Cook’s likable heroine is charming without being silly, and her story is very well paced all the way to a genuinely delightful conclusion.”—Booklist

Fiction & Literature
April 17
Marshbury Beach Books
Claire Cook

Customer Reviews

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Best Staged Plans

Fun, light reading, interesting decorating ideas. Apparently there really is a truwhip (I googled it), sold at our local healthfood store. I am looking forward to trying it. Four stars instead of five because the characters needed more depth. Overall, good book.

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