Author: Susie Beatty Green
If you’re in the mood for love and romance, grab a copy of Circle the Date. Lesley Manning and Patsy Gamble are best friends, business partners, mothers and hard core romantics. Together they create gorgeous confections of weddings, down to every last sophisticated detail. And they are wildly successful.
Patsy is married to Tom with an adorable 8 year old, Maggie. Lesley is divorved from Evil Eric, who rarely shows up at her 8 year old daughter, Mary’s events – and seldom pays child support. When Lesley and Patsy book a wedding with BOTH of their first loves, Gavin the Groom and Donovan, the Best Man, they start to fall into their own romantic fantasies. Gavin was Patsy’s Dream Man, who she dumped in the midst of a college crisis to marry Tom, a great guy, but not her soulmate. Crusty, cautious Lesley pulls down her guard when her college love, Don, shows up as best man. What to do?
Patsy and Lesley both know they are on a dangerous cusp, as Lesley starts battling with her ex, Eric, and Patsy flirts dangerously with Gavin. But they both love Gavin’s choice of bride, Perfect For Gavin Beth, and they know that not only their lives but their professional reputations are on the line.
As the two friends grapple with a dangerous situation, they both put their beloved daughters first to work out their loves and their business in the best manner possible.
Absolutely delightful, full of complexities, as well as funny and startlingly heartfelt, Circle the Date is much more than just a cute plot with cute characters. Friendship, family, loyalty, and matters of the heart lie at the the inner core of this endearing novel, and growing up and the pain it causes, as well as the pride it brings, culminates in a story that wraps its little pinky finger around us as we put it down and want to read it all over again.
A delightful read, fast and furiously paced, I enjoyed every clever turn of the plot and Lesley and Patsy became dear friends. Well done.
You can pick up a copy of Circle the Date: A Novel on Amazon.com & other bookstores.
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Review by Broad “A” – Ava
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