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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Wax Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781452680132
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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 hormonal. This explains why she says 'yes' to a dreadful job covering suburban living back home in Georgia, a column she must write incognito.Down South, it's her sister's ballroom dance studio that becomes her undercover spot where she learns about the local life—and where unexpected friendships develop. As she digs up her long buried roots, she starts to wonder if life inside the picket fence is really so bad after all. Download and start listening now!

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  • An honest, realistic story of family, love, and priorities with genuine characters. Booklist

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 2/19/2014

    " I wanted a fun, easy read but even with that I stuggled with the absurdity of the story line. The time line seemed really unbalanced, huge gaps and assumptions. At times predictable and other times over the top. Just really disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/14/2014

    " An enjoyable summer read with an interesting representation of suburban life from an uppity New Yorker who returns home. Somewhat predictable, but pleasant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/9/2014

    " 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 are not typecast. It's always nice to read chick-lit of women of a more realistic age and place in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 2/4/2014

    " Entertaining, summer type of read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 1/25/2014

    " 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 in her sisters house--free, doesn't spend any time "working", she gets food prepared for her nightly and her room is cleaned, and she's pregnant (but reluctant to tell baby daddy)...I just never had empathy for Vivi, she could do so much more than be a selfish obtuse mooch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/18/2014

    " I like the premise of this book, but the way the story was told kind of annoyed me by the end of it. It was very predictable, but a fun read overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2014

    " Such a great book. Quick beach-y read with current day concerns about being an older single mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie Brown | 1/9/2014

    " Loving what I'm reading thus far! Vivien, the heroine, has a stoic vulnerability that anyone can relate to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynnie | 1/9/2014

    " If I can't finish it, it only gets one star. It might have been better than that, but to be honest, I don't care. I'm about halfway through & the characters are pretty useless, boring & one-dimensional. The trajectory of the book is predictable. I'm pretty sure I have the whole "mystery" of JJ & Clay figured out (& if I don't, I don't care that I'm wrong). I'm just not interested in picking up the book up & read any further so I won't spend another moment trying to inspire myself when there are better books out there to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharmon | 1/4/2014

    " This was fun, quick, chick-lit read. I loved the Vivian character and all her denial. I figured out the twist pretty early in the book but loved reading on to see if I was correct. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/31/2013

    " A fun read; the ending is a bit contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy | 12/17/2013

    " This was a quick, fun read that I especially enjoyed because I live close to East Cobb, the setting of the story and can really relate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Wilkes | 12/6/2013

    " Mostly fun, though I had a bit of an issue with the Angela/Fangie-James dynamic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/6/2013

    " Not a great read but I wouldn't abandon it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Marshall | 11/21/2013

    " A great summer read. Likable characters with a fun, though somewhat predictable, storyline. Enjoyable chic lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 10/16/2013

    " Even though I thought that I had figured out the mystery ( and I did), I kept reading to see if I was correct.I thought the book started out slow but got better in the second half. It was enjoyable,easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/30/2013

    " This is a light and easy ready. It is set in east Cobb. As an Atlanta metro resident, I liked a reading a book with places, streets, etc. that I can relate too. Because of the light nature of the book, I found it a good distraction for a vacation read and stress from. Predictable and a bit cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Evans | 8/2/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a bit of a slow start for me, but it turned out to be a really good book. I've been having a lot of luck lately finding books that have surprised me by being as good as they have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/27/2013

    " Good story, but sometimes I had to put the book down because I just didnt like Vivian -sometimes must be hormones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 7/25/2013

    " Total chick lit Southern style. Nothing spectacular and definitely predictable but a good summer read none the less. Take this one to the beach or the pool and enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/29/2013

    " I read this book not knowing much more than the back cover summarization. I loved it! I wouldn't want to give away anymore than that, but its WELL worth the read! Wendy Wax is a great author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luciesl | 6/10/2013

    " I really really liked it. This was the second book that I have read by Wendy Wax and I enjoyed both very much. I would definitely recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psirene | 5/11/2013

    " If you are a mom in atlanta this is the a great read.She knows her east cobb moms. This from someone who just got rid of her sticker plastered vehicle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaxmarie | 5/10/2013

    " First book I've read by this author. I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/9/2013

    " Very fun. Kept me engaged. I totally want to strangle the protagonist a few times, but a satisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/7/2013

    " This was a good book and will try another one of Wendy Wax's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/29/2013

    " So, I don't usually do chick lit (or I like to think that I don't), but this book was very well-written, relatable, and funny. Even my husband wants to read it after I peppered him with amusing quotes as I read the book. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 12/21/2012

    " This was a cute book. Predictable--in more ways than one--but a fun, easy, chick-lit read. The characters were well done--even the supporting characters were multi-dimensional. "

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About the Author
Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of thirteen novels, including Sunshine Beach, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, and Ten Beach Road. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest.
About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.