Monday, June 13, 2016

Review - Girls' Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg

Inside the Book:

Girls' Weekend

Girls' Weekend 
Author: Cara Sue Achterberg 
Release Date: May 3, 2016 
Publisher: The Story Plant 
Genre: Women's Fiction 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls' weekend away, they can't bring themselves to return to lives that don't seem to fit anymore.

Harried Dani can't explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.

Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.

Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.

All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they'd be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they're headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining.

GIRLS' WEEKEND is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers.

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Girls' Weekend is a story of 3 young women - Dani, Charlotte and Meg, friends since they were children, taking one weekend to get away from more than just their lives.

Dani, for whom the bloom is definitely off the rose with her 20-year marriage. One of the 'modern do-it-all moms,' Dani is reduced to dealing with an angry, all-knowing teen and a 4-year old who has already learned how to get his way by driving his harried mother to distraction. Dani has become the slave to the 'I want,' 'I need,' 'you have to' demands of everyone else. Her husband, Joe, has lost his interest - beyond his own needs. She needs a break.

Charlotte has the 'perfect son' but her husband, Brett, only cares for his son. He is the only thing that the two have in common.

Meg has 4 children and is the ultimate over-protective mother. She keeps everything under control, all is kept perfect and her husband, Peter, couldn't care less as long as it stays that way. The two have suffered the most tragic loss any parent faces and they have been torn apart but neither of them knows it.
I had a really hard time with each of these husbands but I found Peter to be domineering and self-involved and didn't like him at all. I know several husbands who treat their wife as though they were nothing more than an extension of numerous appliances.

Husbands aside, I understood each woman's take on their lives and applauded their strength in doing something to change - themselves and their situations.

I give Girls' Weekend  3.5 stars and recommend it to any young married so they can avoid the traps that would bring them to a state where their lives have been taken away from them. ~JoEllen

Meet the Author:

Cara Sue

  Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. Links to her blogs, news about upcoming publications, and pictures of her foster dogs can be found at  


Tour Schedule

 Monday, May 2 - Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Tuesday, May 3 -Interviewed at The Review From Here
Wednesday, May 4 - Book featured at Chosen By You Book Club
Thursday, May 5 - Book featured at What Is That Book About
Friday, May 6 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Monday, May 9 - Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, May 10 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Wednesday, May 11 - Excerpt featured at My Bookish Pleasures
Thursday, May 12 - Book featured at A Taste of My Mind
Monday, May 16 - Interviewed at The Writer's Life 
Wednesday, May 18 - Book featured at As the Page Turns
Monday, May 23 - Book reviewed at Books and Needlepoint
Tuesday, May 24 - Book featured at A Title Wave
Wednesday, May 25 - Guest blogging at Straight From the Author's Mouth
Thursday, May 26 - Book featured at The Literary Nook
Monday, June 6 - Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge
Tuesday, June 7 - Book featured at Celticlady's Reviews
Wednesday, June 8 - Guest blogging at The Noise Beneath the Apple
Monday, June 13 - Book reviewed at Booklover Sue
Tuesday, June 14 - Book reviewed at Whispering Stories
Wednesday, June 15 - Book featured at Voodoo Princess
Thursday, June 16 - Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
Monday, June 20 - Book reviewed at Natural Bri
Tuesday, June 21 - Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, June 22 - Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, June 23 - Book featured at Book Cover Junkie
Friday, June 24 - Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, June 27 - Book reviewed at Cover2Cover
Tuesday, June 28 - Book reviewed at Book Babble
Wednesday, June 29 - Book reviewed at Laura's Interests
Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
Thursday, June 30 - Book reviewed at Curling Up By the Fire
Book reviewed at Live Love Books Blog

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