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.
Told in the first person by Sandra Sullivan we follow her as she de-clutters a house ready for sale and then decides to do the same to her own.
The story is well balanced between her hints and tips and what is happening in her life.
"everyone has a junk drawer/cupboard" she says that's true I've got one.
An enjoyable book, well performed by Janet Metzger who brought the story to life.
This little book packs alot in it. Not only do you get a story with characters you can like, admire, hate and be bored with...you get all kinds of helpful tips about decorating, etc. I liked it just fine but the very best part was the homeless woman....if you only buy it for that alone it will be worth it.Sure made me think about how easily we judge what is on the surface and how easily life can change. I wouldn't have thought I would have needed that reminder,I guess we all do. I'm glad I purchased this book.
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would based on the reviews I had read. I found myself laughing out loud at the incident of the rotten chicken left in the refrigerator.
I like the way that Claire Cook examines the stages of women's lives when reinvention seems to be the best available option. As someone who is faceing a reinvention -- it was perfectly timed for me.
What did you love best about Best Staged Plans?
I could really relate to the novel, and, the humor.
What other book might you compare Best Staged Plans to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
Her relationship with the homeless woman
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, but 3 sittings.
Any additional comments?
Love the home staging tips thrown in. Loved the analogies.