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Overview Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail calledâ€ŚLadies' Night!
Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?
Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews' Ladies' Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.
Reviews Ladies Night was a triumph of the human spirit. A tale depicting love lost to betrayal, revenge, new friendships formed and love found again. I absolutely loved the book and the truth within it. What was most appealing, in my humble opinion, was the modern context in which the book takes place. This book is different to a book such as the Scarlet Letter because it is written in today's times and is made to be a story that an audience can relate to. I found this novel to be a modern-day Joy Luck Club that is set in Florida and details different women's- and one man'sexperience that landed them in divorce counseling and essentially to their meetings at the Sandbox Bar. Sometimes, however, the start of a new chapter is not formatted in traditional novel style. There were minor errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation and other sentence structure, yet that is to be expected of a book that is not in it's final draft. For example, the book notes Grace's old mansion as being on Sand Dollar Court, rather than Sand Dollar Lane. The book frequently changes the days in which Grace and the group are scheduled to report to therapy, which can be a little off-setting although not a major issue. I started this book on audio and had to switch to the book because it was making me crazy that it was going so slow. Not the story, just listening to it. Once I got the actual book, I really enjoyed the story. My only quibble; for a smart person, the heroine was a bit of a doormat after she caught her hubby Ben "being
assisted" by her assistant J’Aime. My aggravation level dropped once she got divorced and had to start rebuilding her life. Grace loses everything, her husband, blog, and lifestyle after catching her hubby in the act and then destroying his car in a hissy fit (LOL). While she is licking her wounds, he is neatly taking everything away from her and even sabotaging her efforts to recoup her life. She ends up in a touchy feely anger management group with a bunch of other divorced people who had the misfortune of having their cases heard by the same judge. The best part of the story takes place from this point onward as Grace discovers a way to get her self-esteem and even her career back on track. I like that she realizes that she doesn't need all of the expensive and fashionable things which defined her life and even her blog before the divorce. Grace gets back to her essential self and rediscovers the joy in rehabbing a small vintage house not a mcmansion. She meets Wyatt in her divorce group and they make a real connection after some false starts. He has also been taken for a ride by his ex, but he has a child involved, which makes it worse. The members of the group start to figure out that there is something fishy going on with their so-called therapist and the judge that heard their cases. The ways that the group investigates the situation add some real humor to the book. There are also parts that show just how toxic divorce can really be if the parties don’t work hard to prevent that from happening even after the court hearing is over. I have to say that Ms. Andrews is a nicer person than I am because I think that Ben and J’Aime don’t suffer enough in the end. But, that is really the lesson that we learn in a divorce. I remember reading in a book something about the anger you keep in your heart leaving less room for love to come in. Grace learns that lesson and is the better person for learning it. PS… Now that I have read the book, I am going to re-listen to it because the narrator really did a good job. It wasn’t her fault that I was too impatient to wait and enjoy the book. I adore Mary Kay Andrews, AKA Kathy Trocheck, and reading Ladies' Night was like returning home. It was really nice to be comforted by the familiar writing style and characters I quickly came to love during all the chaos of my recent move. And by happy coincidence, this one takes place in Florida, the state to which I've just moved, in a fictional area near Bradenton. Mary Kay's love for junking, decorating, and cooking shine here as we follow Grace through the aftermath of her unfortunate choice to drive her cheating husband's convertible into a pool. A subplot has Grace adopting a dog in need, which of course, just makes us love her
more. As always, Andrews is funny, sharp, bright, and yet still asks the reader to seriously consider her own feelings about the topic at hand. Keep 'em coming! Homemaker/lifestyle/decorator blogger Grace is blissfully happy as she concentrates on maintaining high integrity for her blog which has become a roaring success, financially and socially, between her talent and his business acumen. He does all of the business part of the empire leaving her to concentrate on the creative aspects. She has no clue what's going on business-wise or that he's banging her assistant (who exhibits some psycho tendencies). She catches them and throws a spectacular fit that left me wanting to stand up and cheer. Until she makes the mistake of leaving instead of kicking him out. She then finds out that basically everything is in his name; she has no rights; and he's fine with turning the younger assistant into a 2.0 version. (This is the part where I got a little disgusted just to think that such horrible people are out there and can manipulate the system so well.) They file for divorce; get a misogynistic & hypocritical judge; Grace goes through all sorts of trials and tributes. But she meets a fun group of women and one man through a divorce/anger management group. Fun and trouble ensue as the group tries to put their lives back together and help each other. I ended up staying up till 2am to finish it.
I really enjoyed Ladies' Night. It was a fluffy, quick read with some laughs, quite a few cringes and a positive outlook. Goes to show you what basically good people are capable of when pushed to their limits by people that thought they loved. I went back & forth on a four or five rating but ultimately settled on four. This is because while it was fun, in the beginning it was really horrifying to read some of the legal entanglements. Almost depressing. But it more than made up for it once it got rolling. This book is a good summer read. The story is interesting and relatable with great characters that you will grow attached too. The characters are well developed and you can really get a feel for what their going through. You follow Grace Davenport through her nasty divorce and then her heeling process of self discovery. Then there's the therapy group where all the members are going through divorces. Although there is bashing on the ex there is also a good amount of humor and romance. Well of course in the end they all become great friends.
Grace is a well know blogger and when she catches her husband Ben cheating with her assistant well you can image how her whole world comes apart. Everything she goes through with Ben and the new girlfriend is down right wrong. Yet you can relate and understand what she's going through. The in all the chaos a little
sunshine comes through in the form of Wyatt. Through Wyatt and Graces difficulties you also see there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
It was a great to get different issues from all the characters because in the end it's coming out of it winning for no one but yourself. This was a good read of going through problems in life and overcoming them. Lets not forget it had its humor, action and love a complete fun package for a good summer read. Thanks to Goodreads 'First Reads' program, I was able to score an early copy of this book for reading and review.
This is the first book by Mary Kay Andrews that I've had the chance to read, but definitely plan to read more of her work in the future. I really enjoyed this book.
Sometimes I find that I have a hard time getting into books because they have a slow start with a lot of build up and back story. That was not the case with this book. It jumped right into the action, and had all the back story it needed built in around it.
The characters are likeable when they are meant to be, and not when they aren't. While Ben, the husband she's divorcing, isn't totally written off and forgotten, this is Grace's story and focuses on how she gets through the divorce and moves on, with the help of her fellow divorce recovery group members. The group was a nice variety of different types of people with similar but different backgrounds.
Like I said, I will definitely be looking for other books by Mary Kay Andrews. I like her style and this was a good story. Ladiesâ€™ Night is the perfect summer read!
A group of people going through divorce are forced by a judge to attend mandatory counseling, run by a therapist who is actually no better off than the group. While the exorbitant weekly counseling sessions are of little or no benefit to
the group, they work through their problems at their after-counseling sessions, “Ladies’ Night,” at a local pub.
This book describes the many emotions of divorce - anger, frustration, sadness, jealousy, revulsion, but wonderfully reveals how the group works through these issues to rebuild their lives and move on to new chapters. Heaven forbid I should ever be in their shoes but if I were, I would want these characters helping me.
I was thrilled when I began reading this book and realized the setting was at my yearly vacation spot for the past seven years, AMI.
This was the first book I read by Mary Kay Andrews and she is definitely someone I'm going to add to my "to be read" list. Grace is a lifestyle blogger a la Martha Stewart, only nice, whose career is a growing success. She thinks she is living a perfect life until she is betrayed and betrayed and betrayed again by her husband. Grace finds herself with no relationship, no money, no work, no friends and sentenced to a divorce recovery group. Her life is over or so she thinks. After the initial introduction to Grace and her issues I found the read a bit slow. But once the group with its quirky "therapist" and other members, who are just as unhappy as Grace is about being there, are intorduced I was glad I had stayed with it. The characters have distinct personalities and are well thought out. They are witty, cleaver and sometimes sarcastic. The story is well written with a couple of unexpected twist and turns. Watching how Grace's interactions with the other characters opens the door to her personal insight and reinvention makes for an enjoyable read. OK....I honestly have never read a Mary Kay Andrews novel before, but thought the description of this story sounded interesting and was lucky to win an advanced reading copy of this novel, that the author had coming out sometime in June. Simply put, I LOVED it! This is a beautifully written, witty, funny, realistic, and inspiring story! I loved the characters of Grace and Wyatt and the setting of the Florida coast, and would most definitely recommend this book to any of my reading buddies...... :-) This was a fabulous read and I feel truly lucky to have been given the opportunity to read this book in advance and enjoy the story. Being from the coast of South Carolina myself, I really could picture and relate to the setting of this story and the "beach" bar aspect and all of that wonderful"ness". Loved it!
This is a woman after my own heart, I was hooked on this book after she drove her husband's very expensive sports car into the family pool when she found her husband having an affair with her assistant. Isn't that something we all would love to do to a cheating husband. She ends up being the bad guy in the divorce and is sent to divorce counseling. The counseling brings together several women and 1 man and they begin meeting at a bar for further counseling and solutions to their legal problems. I laughed my way through this book. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a fun read.
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