Beatrice Munson Book Review
Title: Beatrice Munson
Author: Lorena Bathey
Publisher: Lorena B Books
About the Book:
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 relieve the insecurity of high school in her her forties, she decides to face the music and head 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 not only recognize the women, you might be one of them.
When I first read the blurb about this book I immediately though of high school and wonder if there was some woman out there that would make me feel the way Marissa did when she found out she was getting a new neighbor. This is a great story of friendship and a nice reminder that we shouldn’t make judgments about people. It also shows that people do change. Imagine holding on to a grudge against someone and then years later that person entering your life and changing it in ways you never imagined possible. Beatrice entered a community where the women were caught up in their sub-urban lifestyle, they are all the same, they do the same thing day in and day out. They have settled into a routine and they don’t even realize that they are living this mundane life until someone comes along and show them that there is nothing wrong with a little color in your life. It’s funny, inspiring, and a fantastic read to add to your summer list. You are sure to get wrapped up in all the characters and you won’t want to put this book down. It has a great constant flow in the writing making it such a great read. You get to witness a true friendship grow and blossom and see lives transformed and changed. The book is narrated by the character Marissa and she does a wonderful job in the first chapter drawing up immediately into the story. This book makes you feel like you can connect with these ladies, they could remind you of yourself, a sister, friend, neighbor, they really do come close to home and that’s what makes it such a great read. I love reading a book that I feel like I know the characters and I feel like I develop my own thoughts about them. This book does just that. After you read this book you will be picking up Lorena’s next book “The House On Plunket Street” for sure.
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