Review: Plan Cee by Hilary Grossman
Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…
As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?
We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?
As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?
While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
Why do we lie to ourselves when we intimately knew the truth? Do we think we can really fool ourselves? If I slept two and a half hours last night, I slept a lot. I couldn’t stop thinking about everything that happened with both Bryce and Anna. I hated myself for the way I had acted, and how I treated two of the people I loved most in the world. I had to get my act together. I needed to start being myself again. And while I didn’t really know how I’d be able to stop thinking about Keith, I knew I didn’t have a choice. I had to try.
REVIEW: You know those moments when you go, “What on earth was I thinking?” Most of those moments are played out by your emotions, not thoughts. That is why there is a very big quote that goes, “Think with your head, not with your heart.” Sometimes, these moments are great and you really get to indulge in your passion…but sometimes, they just get you into trouble—especially if you don’t really know what your heart wants. Cecilia has a wonderful husband, two wonderful children, and some wonderful friends who she would do anything for. But, when a judge by the name of Keith Emerson shows up to officiate the marriage of Cecilia’s best friend’s mother—all of that wonderful flies out the window. Grossman makes an impact with this second installment. Emotions fly rampant, hearts are broken…and there are a lot of things that readers can really relate to.
Cecilia is happy, but there is something missing in her marriage. She doesn’t understand what she is feeling, so she buries it deep inside because everyone tells her how wonderful and lucky she is to have her husband, Bryce. He is the perfect man. He is the epitome of success and Cecilia knows that she should be thankful…but he is just not…Keith! When Keith shows up at Walter and Bea’s wedding, Cecilia is caught off guard. After the run-in, she slowly closes herself off to her friends and family—just like her father. The same father who abandoned her…for all of the years she spent growing up, thinking that it was her fault that he left. She becomes excited to see text messages from Keith and against her better judgement, begins spending time with him…until her husband finds out. When the perfect man walks out of her life, possibly for good…Cecilia knows that she really messed up…but was it worth it? Did she really find what she was looking for or was she chasing a fantasy all of these years?
Grossman sheds some light on the strengths and weaknesses of human emotions. This story is chalked full of creativity and chaos all bundled into her characters’ lives. The character development is superb and the story is well-written. This author takes the time to engage her readers with finding sympathy for all characters involved, even if the path that is being traveled is all wrong. Grossman gives the statement worth… “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” There are reasons for everything that happens, but choices must always be made and then consequences are sure to follow. Sometimes, there are times when mistakes need to be made in order to find one’s self out of the darkness that they live in. If you are a reader of contemporary romance and women’s fiction, you may be interested in reading this. It is recommended that the first installment be read, simply because this picks up right where that one ends; however, it can be read as a standalone if preferred.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Plan Cee by Hilary Grossman.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.