Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook

Title:  Best Staged Plans

Author:  Claire Cook

Genre:  Women’s Fiction

My take:   Home stager Sandy Sullivan is ready for the next chapter in her life. Her daughter is married, her son is out of college (but still lives at home), and her husband took early retirement. Sandy wants to sell their big Victorian and downsize – maybe move to a 55+ community. Hubby and son say they’re going to help get the house ready to sell but one seems more interested in his tennis games with his buddies and the other would rather hide out in the basement and play video games. Sandy’s tired of nagging so when her best friend’s boyfriend calls with a job offer to stage his next venture she decides to take it. She’ll move to Atlanta, live at her daughter’s home, and get the boutique hotel ready for business. She tells her husband not to call her until their house is sold.

In Atlanta Sandy works on her relationship with her son-in-law, works on the hotel staging, and finds the ultimate staging opportunity in a complete stranger. With a little guidance from her GPS and some personal reflection Sandy begins to appreciate a few important aspects of her life she may have previously taken for granted.

Claire Cook is in top form as she uses her typical humor and spot on truth of the human condition to tell the story of one woman that will have many readers saying “Has she been recording my life?”  I loved it!

Source:  I bought the book.

21 thoughts on “Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook

  1. I’ve had this one on my radar for a bit. I suspect it would work very well for me after our whole house renovating/staging/selling time this year. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I read and loved this book and my entire upstairs is cleansed and organized because of it!!!


  3. I can’t wait to read this one…I love Claire Cook and love how she always gives us insight into different careers for women. Great review!


  4. What attracted me to this title was your statement of thinking she has recorded your thoughts…this alone makes me want to read it!


  5. Thank you SO much for this great review, Mary. I’m so glad you enjoyed BEST STAGED PLANS. And thanks for your nice comments, everybody – I really appreciate them!

    Thanks again!

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  6. I’m so glad that you liked this book Mary! I’m a fan of Claire Cook’s novels and can’t wait to read this. She really does understand women and conveys that in her novels. It was so nice of her to stop by your blog and comment and she liked your review!!


  7. I love books like this – those that just talk about real life but make it interesting. I’ll have to check this one out!


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