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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Wax Narrator: Khristine Hvam Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781452680125
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Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose bestsellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: no one would ever guess her explosive secret. Kendall Aims's once-promising career is on the skids-and so is her marriage. Her sales are dismal, her new editor detests her work-and her husband is cheating. Barely able to think, let alone meet her final deadline, Kendall holes up in a mountain cabin to confront a blank page and a blanker future. But her friends won't let her face this trial alone. Together they collaborate on a novel using their own lives as fodder, assuming no one will ever discover the truth behind their words.No one is more surprised than they are when the book becomes a runaway bestseller. But with success comes scrutiny and scandal . . . as these four best friends suddenly realize how little they've truly known each other. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wax sheds insight on the writer/reader relationship and nurtures this invisible bond throughout. Sure to appeal to fans of women's fiction and aspiring writers. Library Journal
  • “A terrific story brimming with wit, warmth, and good humor. I loved it!”

    Jane Porter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend.”

    Claire Cook, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “Quite a clever, fun little novel.”

    USA Today

  • “Great escape reading, perfect for the beach.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this light read about four female authors who struggle with problems in their own lives and work together and support each other. I felt the friendships were sweet and while there was no big mystery to the plot, it held some surprises. The characters were interesting and i like the changing viewpoints . I thought the ending was clever, "supposing" it all ended happily while not commiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove Book Club ❧ | 2/12/2014

    " Bonus Book - December 2011 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toto66 | 2/10/2014

    " Read one of her books that I liked so thought I would try another. Always in the market for a new (to me) author. I liked the book in that I felt it gave an insight into the world of publishing. But I thought the whole premise of the book was far-fetched and didn't ring true to me. Kendall, the author in trouble, was just a mess and I had trouble summoning up any respect for her. In real life someone might fall apart as she did but in fiction I would have liked her to have a little more backbone. In fact, I didn't really warm to any of the characters although it was an interesting take on a 'four friends' type book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni (jenniloveselvis) | 1/31/2014

    " Highly recommend! This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. Very heart-warming and a bit of a tear-jerker. I held it together until the last couple of chapters, they got me! However, there are some things to note about the book. Towards the end, the pace changed - I felt it was a little rushed and some questions weren't really answered. I also felt there were some plot holes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/24/2014

    " This is the story of 4 aspiring authors who meet at a writer's conference and become fast friends. When one has a personal and career crisis simultaneously, the others rally around her for support. It was interesting to get the behind the scenes look at what goes into writing a novel, especially when hard things are going on in the life of the author. This is also a story about the balance between friendship, work and home relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marmar | 1/24/2014

    " I was put off by all the secrecy and misunderstandings. The one author had all the PR in place with a fake back story. Then there's the author married to a minister and he supposedly had no idea that she wrote romance books..... It's a book of fiction. But, the idea that all this secrecy and stuff was going on made the book unenjoyable for me. I wouldn't reccomend the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katlet | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed the look inside the writing life, in all of the Hollywood-esque non-glamour. The friendship between the characters was interesting, though I felt much of it lacked depth. It was a quick read - and while I saw much of the plot stuff coming, I enjoyed the brain candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shona | 1/22/2014

    " Four women writers have been friends since they started in the business and at the time of the story have been friends for the last decade. They are really different - Faye is a televanalist's wife who writes inspirational fiction; Tanya is a single mother of two girls who writes romance novels, Mallory is a best-selling author and Kendall is married and the mother of two. The story revolves around Kendall who has just found out that her career is going down the toilet and her husband is leaving her. The other characters have secrets and problems in their lives as well, but they gather together to help Kendall write her novel. The story continues with their writing the novel in which the characters come a little to close to hitting home and how their lives and friendship evolves when everybody finds out that the book was written by all of them. Fun read and the best part was the insight into the publishing and bookwriting industry. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/20/2014

    " Fantastic novel! I really couldn't have asked for anything more in this book. This was a tale of four writer friends, each at differnet stages in her writing career and each with a secret that they hold so deeply and so dearly to their heart, they don't dare share it with anyone, including each other. That is until one day when one of the women, Kendall, is in desperate need of their other three women's help and they come to her aid in the form of collaborating on a story so that she can meet her December deadline. Each woman creates a character for this story, more than loosely based on their true life, revealing their deepest secret. They are sure that they will be safe, believing that the story will remain mostly anonymous, giving sole authorship to Kendall but when an Oprah-like media mogul decides to search a little deeper into their relationships with one another and thier pasts, they might not be able to keep secret for much longer. Will their friendship be able to stand up to the test of their most buried insecurities and hidden selves? This story unveils the courage of four women and shows just how much they are willing to risk for one another; and when secrets are involved, they'll find out real quick who's a true friend. 5 Stars! Loved it. Recommend it to all women, anyone in and out of the publsihing industry and anyone jsut looking for an exciting drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Barton | 1/18/2014

    " I would give 3 1/2 stars. Started slow but got better about half way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliska | 1/13/2014

    " This is the second book by this author I have read and enjoyed. Loved this book. Should be made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delores | 12/29/2013

    " Quick, easy read. Enjoyable story about four different women and the bond that holds them together even in tough times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/14/2013

    " I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars. It was a little slow at times, but it provided some good insight into the publishing world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/14/2013

    " This was a very enjoyable book. It was much deeper than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meryl | 11/8/2013

    " Good airplane read. I started it on the tarmac at JFK and finished it on the tarmac in San Diego. Quick read, kept my attention and made the plane ride pass quickly, but my life certainly isn't any different having read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/6/2013

    " I liked this book. It takes you inside an authors head and into the world of publishing Companies. I have a vested interest because I am also writing a book. For new soon to be authors like myself, this book was insightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Barrett | 7/26/2013

    " Like The Devil Wears Prada for the publishing industry. Insider info topped with characters you'll care about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/19/2013

    " Enjoyable read about 4 friends who are writers and struggling with their craft and life in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Po | 6/19/2013

    " Read this for Krissi and I's Indy Book Club. It was okay. It seemed a little "dorky" for lack of a better word. The author refered to her friends constantly as her "peeps" which drove me insane. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noni | 5/12/2013

    " An interesting inside look into the minds of fictional writers and the pressures they face. The author, a master storyteller, has given readers a book that makes one wonder how much truth lies beneath the fiction due to the authentic tone of the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey Bennett | 4/6/2013

    " Started off slow...the second half was much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie Smith | 2/9/2013

    " Really good. Very interesting about writing and "the industry". Halfway though, I couldn't put it down. Very fun story climax. Loved the ending, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 1/6/2013

    " Well-crafted characters, tied up a bit too neatly (especially the various legal aspects), but still fun. Took a little too long to get to conflict point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 12/28/2012

    " great story, characters & plot!! a fab book you won't want to put down-- highly recommend!! "

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About the Author

Wendy Wax is the author of several novels, including Magnolia Wednesdays and Ocean Beach. She is a RITA finalist as well as a recipient of the Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award. A former broadcaster, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and sons.

About the Narrator

Khristine Hvam has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.