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Book Review – Plan Cee by author Hilary Grossman


Title: Plan Cee
Author: Hilary Grossman
Series: Secrets, Lies and Second Chances
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: March 8th, 2017
Genre: women’s fiction

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

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I just love Hilary Grossman’s books. She’s a great writer, and her stories are addictive. As with book 1, Plan Bea, in this series, I was hooked right from the first page. It was nice being able to hang out with my old friends after such a long wait for them. This series is women’s fiction at it’s finest.

In this book we follow Cecelia (Cee) Reynolds as she struggles with the decision to let the man from her past, who has held her heart for decades, go or to be true to her husband. There is a lot of emotion written into this story and it really portrayed that ‘what if’ question we have so many times in life. I know I wouldn’t want to struggle with the decision Cee had to make, that’s for sure! But I’ve no doubt many women have.

One thing that is really great about Hilary’s books is how real they are. Nothing is over the top or unrealistic, it’s true to life. Not always the most fun moments in life but the real struggles that we often have as life passes us by.

-Cecelia… I loved her character. While I’m not sure I loved her as much as Bea, she was likable, real and someone I would love to be friends with. I felt her struggle as I read it and even dreaded the part where her life seemed to explode, right along with her.

-Bea! I loved Bea from book one. Yeah, she’s a cantankerous old bitty but so am I. LOL I relate to her with her level of sarcasm so meeting up with her again felt like meeting up with an old friend.

-Bryce & Keith. I loved Bryce, although I’m not sure I’d have chosen him or Keith! Bryce was the sweet, nice guy every girl wants in life. Keith on the other hand, played the part of the ‘bad boy’ if that’s even the right word. Even though, you know not to get involved with Keith, you just can’t help it!

-That hopefully the series isn’t over!

-I’m going to be completely honest here because that’s what book bloggers do. While I loved this book and I LOVE Hilary’s writing style, I didn’t love Plan Cee as much as I loved Plan Bea. I think it was the struggle Cee fought. I just found myself feeling terrible about the entire situation. Yet, I couldn’t put it down so that says a lot as well.

YES! In fact, read both books because I’ve no doubt you’ll fall in love with these characters just as I did. I’m really excited for anything Hilary publishes because I know nothing she writes will be bad! That’s my favorite kind of author to read!

You won’t be sorry with this series if you’re a lover of true to life women’s fiction. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a love-hate relationship with SO many of the characters!

Say Hello to author Hilary Grossman!

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.

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Plan Bea, book 1 in the series is FREE right now! Click the Amazon buy link in the Plan Bea info below.


Title: Plan Bea
Series: Secrets, Lies and Second Chances
Author: Hilary Grossman
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: May 31st, 2016
Genre: women’s fiction
See my review: HERE

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 fifteen-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 emotionally honest women’s contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

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Thank you, Hilary, for yet again, for letting me feature and review your new release Plan Cee on For the Love of Chick Lit. Your covers are always gorgeous and I can not wait for Plan Dee…

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  • Reply Hilary

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Plan Cee! I am glad you enjoyed it…

    March 10, 2017 at 5:38 am
    • Reply AimeeB

      Loved it! Can’t wait for the next one!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

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