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A heartwarming, hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family, from the author of Lift and Separate.

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched - just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.

Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible - because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

©2018 Marilyn Simon Rothstein (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 26-07-2018

Fun and hilarious!

Marcy Hammer had it all – a husband, three children and a life that many would envy. Then her husband had an affair. Now, during her divorce, she has to deal with the most obnoxious, self-centered Bridezilla (one of her lovely daughters) who is fixed on the family being the way it was – before the impending divorce. Not to mention her husband wants to come back and is eating himself into a health scare, and her new boyfriend wants some commitment and her best friend has cancer. This doesn’t even cover what her new in-laws are like!

Marcy tries to make everyone happy, play a major role in her daughter’s wedding and convince herself that she can keep moving forward – scary as it is.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, light and fun. There were a few points where I told Marcy to drop it and do what she really wanted – kids are wonderful but little Ms. Bridezilla needed a reality check a lot sooner.

Marilyn Simon Rothstein developed each of her characters with care and depth. I especially loved her friend, Dana! Each of her characters was relatable and captivating – well, except the Bridezilla. Even she was expertly developed capturing how often our children have blinders on when it comes to their parents. The story flowed smoothly and was highly entertaining.

I have never heard Pamela Almand narrate before but she was very good! I loved her storytelling voice and she was perfect for these characters/story. She had the “mom” voice to a T!

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author/narrator/publisher.

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  • AObston
  • 14-03-2018

Sweet, fun and funny

This story picks up a wonderful and quirky group of characters from Rothstein's first book, Lift and Separate. I've missed them and loved this journey even more than the first.

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  • Nancy Cahn
  • 18-07-2018

Pamela Almand brings this book to life!

This is a sweet little book, great summer read. It is not going to change your life, but it will make you smile. And that is a nice thing in this crazy world! To be honest, I "read" the book because I LOVE the narration by Pamela Almand! I have a 2 1/2 hour commute everyday in bumper to bumper traffic! You can imagine what my stress level must be like. My DIL suggested Audible, and Audible has been a game changer for me! It has turned the 2 hours I am in the car to "me time" where I can get lost in a book, and let the rest of the world go by. When I find a book narrated by Pamela...I am all in! She makes any story come alive! Go check her out, you won't be sorry!!

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  • Dee
  • 03-05-2018

It was a good book

a great vacation book. Its a fun, light, page turner with down to earth characters.

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  • CowgirlInTheSand
  • 02-08-2018

Really hilarious and I loved the main characters

This was a funny and heartwarming romp through Marcy's life. The characters are just unique, and funny, and real to me and they all have their distinct personalitiies, some of them you love and some not so much. Pamela Almand just does a great job of doing this and I hope that the author does more with Marcy and her family and that Miss Almand reads them all. I will listen to them all and want to listen to the first one, too.

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  • SHARI SHOPPER
  • 25-07-2018

Hilarious and well written

I so loved this book. Laugh out loud funny and the story is great! Enjoy!!!!

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  • Larry
  • 15-10-2018

Fantastic story !

I really enjoyed this book
The audio is great
It is fun and will cure anything 😍🎧

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  • Pollyg
  • 14-10-2018

2nd of 2

Wish I would have know this was 2nd book I read it first better narrator

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 01-09-2018

A Creative Fun Tale

In <strong>Husbands and Other Sharp Objects</strong> by Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Marcy Hammer is separated from her husband, Harvey, after learning that he has fathered a baby with another woman even younger than their own three children. She has just formed her own life, with a career and a serious boyfriend, Jon, an English professor at a local college. But she has not filed for divorce, determined that Harvey will file first in a move to admit his culpability in their split. But Harvey wants to get back together with Marcy and won't file.

Then one day Marcy goes to pick up her best friend, Candy, at the airport when she has a collision with an expensive car that cuts her off. Soon she learns that the man, Jake, is Harvey's lawyer and is at the airport to pick up Marcy's daughter Amanda. This is a surprise because Amanda told her mother she wasn't arriving in Connecticut to visit until a few days later. It turns out that she is seeing Jake and plans to spend several days with him before seeing her mother. Though Marcy has never even heard of Jake, she soon learns that he will become her son-in-law, as the couple have become engaged.

As Marcy struggles with the repercussions of her separation from her husband, she has to deal with a daughter who has turned into a Bridezilla of the worst sort. Further, she also has to work to try to maintain relationships with her doctor daughter, Elizabeth, and law school student son, Ben, both of whom are alienated by Amanda's wedding plans. In addition, she faces conflict with Jon about his desire to meet her children yet Amanda's refusal to invite him to her wedding or even meet him.

<strong>Husbands and Other Sharp Objects</strong> is a fun, creative book that gives a glimpse into the dramatic life of Marcy as she deals valiently with what life has thrown at her. We see the irony of Amanda's expectations of married life in contrast to Marcy's reality. Amanda has not only unrealistic ideals of marriage but a twisted sense of what a wedding signifies in relation to the reality of her married life. With a constant refrain that this is "my special day," Amanda fails to recognize that a wedding is merely the start of married life and not a performance for the rest of the world that allows her to exhibit all selfishness. The account of all Marcy's adventures is told in humor and pleasure.

Pamela Almand performs the audio edition of this book, playing the part of Marcy with tongue in cheek and a glorious sense of irony. Her characterizations of the individuals in the novel lead to their sense of being real people despite their crazy antics. With strong expression, Almand gives the book a pleasurable listening experience.

I highly enjoyed the many fun details of listening to <strong>Husbands and Other Sharp Objects</strong>. The book contains a lot of humor and great characters who seem realistic and neither all good or all bad. The storyline was a delight, and I give this book five stars.

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book forc free for review purposes, but that had no effect on the content of my review.

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  • THRIFTY LAWYER
  • 23-07-2018

Better in print

So for some reason I ended up buying this book both in audio and print through Kindle. I started listening to the audio, but then switched to reading the print version. Much to my surprise, I found that the book was much funnier in print. The narrator is good, but these books have a sort of Erma Bombeck-type humor to them, and I think that they needed a much more deadpan narrator for the humor to really shine through. The books themselves were funny, although Marcy Hammer, the main character, makes some annoyingly stupid decisions at times that are really against her own self-interest for somewhat nebulous reasons. Overall they were decent books, although I would not pay full price for them

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