Book Review: Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

Beatrice Munson (click on book or see below for description)
By Lorena Bathey
Downloaded free through Amazon on 5/5/14 (came out in March 2011)

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time:  A few nights.  3 reviews in one day.  This must be a record.  This was an impulse download.  I had just made it up to Ohio and needed a light read.  This was light, yet so much more.  This is the kind of book I troll the free titles under Kindle Best Sellers for.  It was really inspiring and a perfect read to fill in between some of my “heavier” reads.

The scene is suburban America.  All the houses are the same color, everyone is a slave to routine, no one ventures out because of fear, unknowns, or maybe just the comfort.  But everyone is bored just waiting to be shook up.  Enter Beatrice Munson.  A colorful, lively woman who won’t accept status quo.  She has traveled all over the world, has crazy stories to tell, but also has an amazingly big heart.  She insights action within people who has laid dormant for so long, and people’s lives were changed for the better because of her.

Realistic?  The optimist inside me hopes so.  To this extent, I guess you’ll never really know unless it happens to you.  The main character is Marissa.  Stuck in what I described above until Beatrice moves in from across the street.  A girl who invoked strong emotion in her in high school, one she will soon learn was far from what she believed to be true.  Already feeling the energy, she walks across the street and introduces herself.  The following night is neighborhood Bunco, with a little apprehension, Marissa introduces Beatrice to the ladies of the neighborhood.  It goes better than expected and changes start happening.

New business is opening throughout the town, new relationships are explored, some old faces come back into the picture, and it’s just a happy story.  Not without struggle for some, but a feel good story that did not disappoint, in fact really surprised me!

I love when that happens.  If you need a pick-me-up or just a fun read, check this one out!

Description from Amazon:

In Vista Heights, the women of the neighborhood have started to look like their homes, varying shades of beige. 

Lost in this world of suburbia, Marissa Lyons learns her high school nemesis has bought the house right across the street from her. Afraid that her arch enemy, Beatrice Munson, will arrive with Marissa’s high school crush as her husband and cause Marissa to relive the insecurity of high school in her forties she decides to face the music and heads to Beatrice’s house with warm cupcakes. But what Marissa finds is something she never expected.

How will Marissa and the rest of the women of San Martino deal with someone like Beatrice Munson, whose defining moment in her life was to get a boob job or go on a trip to Egypt.

This story is about friendship, love, learning to look at things differently, and great parties.

Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might recognize the women, or you might be one of them.

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