The Accidental Bestseller was one of my favorite women’s fiction books that I’ve read in a long time. It told an interwoven story of four goods friends in the publishing industry who are challenged to find out just how far they are willing to go and how much they are willing to risk for their friendship with one another.
Facing a final book deadline that could be the impetus for a failing writing career and meeting a shifty woman, disguising herself solely as a realtor but really the mistress behind her failing marriage,
Kendall once again does what she knows best at the moment and runs away to her house in the mountains. There she sinks into a deeper depression, displacing every emotion into fix-it and repair projects all over the house.
When the three other women don’t hear back from
Kendall, they know something’s wrong and vow to get to her as quick as possible. Mallory is the first one reach her and is shocked at the disarray of Kendall’s life, her house and her state of being. Determined to get Kendall back to her old self, the three friends rally behind Kendall and decide to attack things one at a time, starting with her looming book deadline. They agree to work on her pending novel, Sticks and Stones, which is loosely based on the four friends’ lives anyways and remain ghostwriters.
Each woman creates their character who matches a little too close to their real selves and the secret lives that they’ve kept harbored in the past for so long; but since
Kendall’s publisher doesn’t plan to do anything more than bury her book, the women assume and hope they have nothing to worry about.
The Accidental Bestseller was an excellent expose into the lives of four friends and revealed the difficult decisions friends must go through in order to protect their selves, their families and maintain their friendship. This was one of the quickest books I’ve ever read, giving testament to its fabulous story and expert writing. It’s possible that this book hit a little closer to home to someone like me who is an aspiring writer but I think that any woman can relate to the aspect of friendship, the secrets and struggles each person shares. A plus.
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