Title?:- Take It From Me
Author:- Jamie Beck
Date published:- will be published on September 20th 2022
Overall rating:- 4/5
A humorous and heartwarming novel about friendship and all its little secrets by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck.
Wendy Moore hides her collection of pilfered bric-a-brac from everyone, including her husband. He thinks she licked her kleptomania in therapy more than a decade ago. Therapy did help, as did focusing her attention on motherhood. But now Wendy’s gardening and furniture-refinishing hobbies fill up only so much of the day, leaving the recent empty nester lonely and anxious—a combination likely to trigger her little problem. She needs a project, fast. Luckily, Harper Ross—a single, childless younger woman in desperate need of highlights—just moved in next door.
The only thing Harper wants to change is the writer’s block toppling her confidence and career. Then a muse comes knocking. Sensing fodder for a new antagonist, Harper plays along with Wendy’s “helpful” advice while keeping her career a secret so Wendy keeps talking. Sure, she’s torn about profiting off her neighbor’s goodwill—especially when Wendy’s matchmaking actually pans out—but Harper’s novel is practically writing itself.
Just as a real friendship begins to cement, their deceptions come to light, threatening Wendy’s and Harper’s futures and forcing them to reconcile who they are with who they want to be. Easier said than done.
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly (starred reviews), and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.
This is a contemporary fiction between two women–Harper who is having writer’s block and moves to New Canaan to get inspirations for her next novel and Wendy who is married with a son. The two women become friends and while their friendship grows, the secrets that they had been hiding for so long might start to resurface again… The writing was really great and it was truly an engaging novel. The story is mainly told from Harper’s and Wendy’s perspectives so we could as a reader what each of the main characters really think. I do like the character of Wendy but Harper wasn’t bad either. I also like how Harper’s friendship with Wendy actually inspired her to write a novel. The ending was also great and this was a four star for me. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.