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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,007 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Cook Narrator: Janet Metzger Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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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 and her grown son, who has moved back home after college to inhabit the basement bat cave. After reading them the riot act, Sandy takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend's boyfriend. The good news is that she can spend time with her recently married daughter, Shannon, in Atlanta. The bad news is that Shannon finds herself heading to Boston for job training, leaving Sandy and her southern son-in-law, Chance, as reluctant roommates. If that's not complicated enough, Sandy begins to suspect that her best friend's boyfriend may be seeing another woman on the side. Filled with characters who are fresh and original, yet recognizable enough to live in your neighborhood - plus plenty of great tips and tricks for fixing up houses, and lives - this is a wise and witty story of letting go and moving on. Best Staged Plans is Claire Cook at her most humorous and heartfelt.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/17/2014

    " I usually enjoy Clare Cook as a fun, light read that is humorous, a little snide, and well-written. This was disappointing; it didn't read as fluidly and wasn't as well thought out. Here's hoping her next book is better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann Schindler | 2/16/2014

    " OK, so the ending - a bit predictable, although I always had this feeling that it would go a different direction. But I like the voice. I like that she's sure, then uncertain. I like that she gives helpful hints, not just about home staging, but about general tidbits that can help a person in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 2/10/2014

    " Good but not her best effort. But I do love Claire Cook books. She is so real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 2/1/2014

    " Enjoyed this story of a controlling woman and how, when she thinks she's had enough of her family, she runs off to a job in another city. The book did keep my interest, but it's not a real serious read and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 1/30/2014

    " While it was difficult to completely relate to the protaganist, seeing as how she is a baby boomer and I'm the child of boomers, I did find her miscellaneous house-staging (and even "food-staging") tips to be interesting/enjoyable/helpful. Definitely a good read for those interested in this genre who constantly flip between HGTV and the Food Network channels on sleepless nights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/24/2014

    " Very good story! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie Larkin | 1/19/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of all of Claire Cook's books, and I think this may just be my favorite! Sandra is such a wonderful, relatable character, and BEST STAGED PLANS is a story I could not put down! It was warm, fun, and smart - an absolute joy to read! I adored the characters, and I loved the insider info on home staging and the decorating tips. As someone who is trying to de-clutter my life, I could really relate to Sandra's struggles. I'd love to know what happens to Sandra next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaxmarie | 1/15/2014

    " Another great book by Claire Cook. Amazing how it always seems I'm reading about me in her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 1/15/2014

    " Cute. Made me chuckle a few times. Chick lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/14/2014

    " loved it so much. perfection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2014

    " Easy, enjoyable read! Great decorating tips, too!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 11/20/2013

    " enjoyed it very much - would even consider as a bookclub pick! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg Van kleef | 10/26/2013

    " Glad I didn't pay for this book. Moderately funny, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/19/2013

    " This was a surprising funny read. Not many have me laughing out loud. I could really relate to the story line. For those of us heading into another chapter of our lives, pick it up for an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 4/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the references to "current" culture, like texting short hand, HGTV and her GPS. This is light but entertaining reading. I like Claire Cook! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danni | 11/19/2012

    " Although there were some funny parts, I really couldn't get into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 8/27/2012

    " The antics of these women were foolish. The mere act of purchasing food in the store and passing it off as "home made" is ridiculous. Clean out your junk drawer. Genius! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leesa | 6/3/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. I live in Atlanta so it was a fun read as I know many of the places. I loved the Trader Joe secrets. This is a book that when you have a lot going busy in your life you can pick it up and down and enjoyed. The writing was fresh and fun and so were the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/25/2012

    " Fast easy breezy read. I read this after spending a few weeks trudging through a dense historical fiction and this was a welcome vacation. Nothing ground breaking but I enjoyed the staging ideas and tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Hearne | 10/16/2011

    " The staging tips and decorating lingo were the best part of this book. I found the story to be too fluffy and the dialogue between characters forced. It was a Book Club selection that I didn't finish reading.....that never happens to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KP | 10/9/2011

    " Similar to a romantic comedy movie, I got pretty much what I was expecting from this book. Easy reading, some ups and downs, and a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 8/11/2011

    " I actually really, really liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 6/27/2011

    " I love the way Claire Cook writes, I can connect with her characters so easily. Maybe because most of them are in my age group. This is the second book of hers I have read but I will definitely get the rest of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 6/26/2011

    " Fast read about a woman whose kids are off on their own, finally, trying to sell her house. She becomes frustrated with her husband and leaves town for work for a month, while she is rethinking her life. Kind of predictable, but not altogether uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 6/14/2011

    " Fun...learned tons of stuff about organizing a house and a life!!! On a mission to find Lysol Linen Scent spray
    for everything!!! Learned how to pack a suitcase so that it looks like a pack of cigarettes!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 5/24/2011

    " Frothy. Very quick and cute beach read. Meets my criteria of not too long! Good editing goes a long way. Might be a good audiobook? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 4/19/2011

    " Frothy and insubstantial. Perfect for summer. "

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About the Author
Author Claire Cook

Claire Cook is the bestselling author of Life’s a Beach, Multiple Choice, Ready to Fall, and Must Love Dogs, which became a major movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She has been a judge for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center faculty. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband, where they are occasionally visited by their borderline adult children and their laundry.

About the Narrator

Janet Metzger has performed as a stage, television, voice, and film actor and as a jazz vocalist in hotels and supper clubs. For five years she was the voice of Headline News, now HLN, during which time she also promoted features and news stories for CNN and CNN International. A graduate of Florida State University, she currently lives in Atlanta.