Summertime has finally arrived. It's the season for sunny days and spreading out a blanket in the grass or a towel on the beach, then plopping down to stick your nose in a pageturner. And on the stormy days... What's better than curly up with a good book while it rains outside your window?
This summer, it's my reading goal to step outside my typical book zone. You'll most often find me with a historical fiction novel, but summer's the season for trying something new. I've got a stack of books piling up on my nightstand, and Blueprints is at the top.
Blueprints hits bookshelves today! And thanks to the lovely folks over at St. Martin's Press, I get to give one lucky reader a copy of the book, too... along with "Cuddle In" prize pack that includes a popcorn bowl and cozy blanket. Perfect for getting comfy on the couch to binge-watch HGTV or dive into a new read! (Samples & prizing are provided by St. Martin’s Press.)
About the Book
Some women are born with an instinct for knowing how things work—and what to do when they break.
Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show's audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline's fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn't come at a worse time.
For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!
For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband's death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there's Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.
Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they've built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.
About the Author
Barbara Delinsky is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling books. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she'll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.
(Image credit: Kerry Brett)
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