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Plan Bea

Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
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We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly 15-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous and emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

©2015 Hilary Grossman (P)2016 Hilary Grossman

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  • Believer50
  • 05-09-2016

Good Story

I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I liked this story. It brought together a family that had been separated by tradegy for more than twelve years. I like the way it brought out all of the little problems that was keeping the mother and daughter apart as well as sabatoging all of the other things that were going on in their lives. The narrator made me see Bea in a real way. She mastered the other voices but she nailed Bea.

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  • rachel pohler
  • 29-10-2019

Lovely mom/daughter story

This book wasn't at all what I was expecting! It is a story about an estranged mother and daughter and their journey to find each other and repair their relationship after a traumatic event.

The story was good. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or anything. But I was captivated and wanted to see how it all played out. I would recommend this book.

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  • Connie Higgins
  • 23-10-2019

Plan Bea

This was a great book all 8 hrs. and 31 mins. Bea's voice was annoying but over all narration was great I have never listened to anything narrated by Lisa Beacon she does a fantastic job. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AubiobookBoom. Thank You

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  • Deedra
  • 05-09-2017

Plan Bea

I really enjoyed this book.There was a bit too much chatter at times,but all in all it was great.Lisa Beacom did a fine job narrating.Anna has had a terrible relationship with her mother most of her life.She is married with two kids,yet her mothers terrible treatment towards her affects every aspect of her life.Bea,her mom, decides it is time to make amends.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Renee
  • 19-01-2017

Perfectly matched narrator

Plan Bea is a wonderful exploration of a mother and daughter trying to rebuild a broken relationship. There were moments that made me laugh, moments that choked me up and moments I just wanted to slap someone.

The characters were well developed and I found Annabel likeable and relatable, as for her mother Bea..... see the last point in the previous sentence.

This is the second of Hilary's books I've read and I'm really looking forward to the next one (You big tease Hilary! Leave me hanging like that! Now hurry up and publish Plan Cee!)

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I just reread this via audiobook in preparation for the sequel, Plan Cee. I loved the story just as much this time around, even knowing the twists in advance. The narrator is brilliant - capturing the characters perfectly, from a small innocent boy to the snobby grandmother Bea.

I reviewed a complimentary copy.

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  • Anita M. Sacrey
  • 17-11-2016

Loved this!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It held my interest and had a great plot twist.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Plan Bea?

Plot twist at the end (no spoilers!).

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Narrator did a great job with Bea's character. Really brought her to life!

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  • Carrie
  • 30-09-2016

Good Story with Lots of Heart

This book had a great mix of funny, sad, and heartwarming moments. The characters were definitely multi-faceted as well, which made them more relatable. It was easy to become immersed in the story/characters' lives.

The narrator was amazing! She gave each character such a unique voice that I could have picked out which character was speaking without being informed within the text. I would love to listen to some of her other work.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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  • Lori
  • 27-09-2016

Very Enjoyable!

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Very enjoyable, engaging and entertaining story. Creative with a great plot-line. A different kind of love story. A roller-coaster ride of emotions. Definitely worth your time.

Mother and daughter relationships are some of the most complex and simple at the same time. Beatrice and Annabel were both great characters. Of coarse Walter was great too. Really didn’t expect that ending. But it was perfect.

Lisa Beacom did a really good job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Pleasant voice. Good character voices. Smooth even pace. Clearly spoken. Very easy to listen to.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Michelle
  • 03-09-2016

OMGosh I didn't plan on loving this book so much!

This book is funny, sad, and over all heart warming! I couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters. It was truly a wonderful journey getting to know Bea and Annabel. I'm so glad the story turned out the way it did before it was too late. If anyone finds themselves in a relationship like Bea and Annabel's do something before its too late because not everyone gets that 2nd chance. I hope Hilary Grossman gives us more of Bea. The narrator Lisa Beacom did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life, each with their own personality. Most of all she should get some kind of award for bringing Bea to life with her voice. Loved it all so much!

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  • Cynthia Piller
  • 31-08-2016

Great Listen that Puts a Smile on Your Face

What made the experience of listening to Plan Bea the most enjoyable?

Lisa's Beacom's characters are very well done and consistent. From the children's voices of Violet and Harley to that of Anna's over-the-top mother, Bea, and those in between, she does a great job. The storyline might be a lighter listen, but it's filled with family surprises and it's just plain feel-good fun.

What other book might you compare Plan Bea to and why?

Lots of books include family secrets and revelations, but maybe because I don't read a lot of books in this genre, I can't really come up with a good comparison.

Which scene was your favorite?

The wedding planning scenes all come to life, but the stationery store happenings were probably my favorite, although the histrionics on the wedding day are a close second. Loved the ending which definitely surprised me.

Who was the most memorable character of Plan Bea and why?

It's a tie between Anna and Bea as this mother and daughter learn so much about one another and themselves after being at odds for so many years.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint about the book is that there are a few obvious grammatical errors. Regardless, I think there's a hint about an upcoming book in what may turn out to be a series and I'll happily listen to it.

This book was provided to me at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Natalie
  • 10-12-2019

Family Drama

Thank you to Lisa Beacom for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Plan Bea is a story exploring the lost relationship of a mother and daughter. When Bea gets engaged to a man she’s recently met, she calls on her daughter Annabel to help her plan it, despite not having spoken more than a few sentences to her without schedule.

I felt a lot of emotions listening to this story. Sympathy for Annabel, annoyance for Bea, love for Annabel’s daughter Violet and son Harley and complete adoration for the husband/fiancé Cole and Walter. The story did seem slow at points but it was interesting to listen to.

This is completely heart warming as you can relate to Annabel craving for her mother’s attention and approval. Writer Gossman has created some great and very realistic characters.

Narrator Lisa Beacom is absolutely perfect for this book. She’s so multitalented with her range in voice tone and steady rhythm. She really keeps the story flowing, even at points where it did seem to drag a little for me.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, there was a minor twist which I had already guessed the second they met on Bea’s wedding day, but it was really heartwarming. If you’re like me and you need a lot of drama, this may not be the book for you. However, I thought it was very well written, very well narrated and was a really cute book.

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  • Helen
  • 21-10-2019

great story

We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?
great story line