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Publisher's Summary

"Offers credible descriptions of first-time motherhood, affecting characters and situations and low-key charm." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Stellar.... Center paints an accurate and humorous view of motherhood." (Booklist)

Jenny Harris always expected that she'd fall in love, get married, and have a baby - in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn't mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she's happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean - whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band - is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn't come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.

And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby's), there's not much time to dwell on her broken heart. And things start looking up. She learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even manages to give dating tips to her sweet, clueless father - who's trying to court her sassy mother again, 15 years after their divorce. She also gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor - with a knack for soothing babies - who invites her out dancing. But Dean is never far from Jenny's thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end Jenny must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she's been lucky to find.

A spirited debut novel with a terrifically appealing voice, a fantastic sense of humor, and a lot of heart, The Bright Side of Disaster reminds us that sometimes it takes the worst-case scenario to show us the best in everything.

©2007 Katherine Center (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • kathy
  • 10-07-2020

Fantastic!

Once I started I couldn't stop. Me & my dog Bear relaxed and listened to the entire story, it's Friday and I'm retired so we can do whatever we want! I think he really recognizes her voice after almost 80 books
Therese Plummer once again brings the characters to life majestically. Thank you Katherine Center for a great story.

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  • Amanda
  • 11-08-2020

Fabulous

I am hooked by this authors wit and depth . of joy and pain with great attention to detail! I Have gobbled 4 of her books this past 30 days

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  • Franki
  • 25-02-2021

Good Book

I had a hard time not rolling my eyes or groaning at some of the new mom quirks, like really shut up!!, it was hard for me to keep going but I pushed on and I am glad I did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2021

Therese Plummer narration

I love her narration! I can hardly listen to anyone else at all! She brings all the characters alive!

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  • Nancy A Bridges
  • 12-02-2021

Fictional what to expect when your expecting

The narrator was very good. The story and plot were predictable. If you are pregnant and want to hear about impending motherhood then you might enjoy this book. Understand that there are other thoughts on childbirth, babies first year and motherhood than what is brought to light in this book. This just wasn’t a world I wanted to be taken to during my reading time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2021

Another great story by Ms. Center

Finished within days. The main character was frustrating at times. The ending also seemed rushed. I wish it had at least an epilogue to give a lil more closure.

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  • Christina Rosebeck
  • 22-12-2020

Good until the end

I love the humor and the story was good until the last few chapters. The lead female turns into a wimp and it took everything I had to finish the book.

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  • mendolynne
  • 22-10-2020

Beyond the baby obsession a sweet listen

This was well written with a good bit of humor woven in and narrated by the exemplary Therese Plummer, who got me through the first half.

If you're planning on having a baby, are pregnant or just had a baby, then this is totally the book for you! Otherwise, you may not make it through the first half. Having had three home births, thirty years ago, the massively detailed account of pregnancy and post baby blues (though spot on) is no longer what I care to wade through. BUT, after all that is a realistic, humorous, good story with an excellent ending.

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  • Denver, CO
  • 23-09-2020

Good book

Good story but felt its too repetitive on the "I said" "he said" "she said".

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  • Aisha
  • 22-09-2020

Cute and Light

This book is adorable and it goes by quick. If you’re looking for something quick, cute, and light this is it. I love Therese Plummer’s narration!

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