BEST LAID PLANS AND OTHER DISASTERS is a companion story to WALLFLOWER BLOOMING, although both can be standalone stories also. These are witty, warm and very fun reads about cousins who reside in Cambria, Colorado. Wallflower is about Val a PR company owner and Best Laid Plans is about Gwen the new mayor of Cambria who also does public service work.
The young woman each find an opportunity to connect with their futures and for Gwen she is plagued with trying to figure out every angle by herself, before she will ask for assistance with her personal problems. As mayor she is capable and enthusiastic and working full speed ahead with the council and the Governor. At city hall one major problem reveals itself. The female city manager has decided she does not care for Gwen and works to make her work difficult and not on course. It is not surprising to see how woman can change their colors and become enemies very quickly. One of the easiest strategies against resolution is getting two women competing with each other and manipulating their own truth. Gwen does figure out how to overcome this particular problem while remaining true to herself and her values.
Jason, Gwen’s fellow, works in accounting for the city and this has become a problem to several people at city hall. He takes a new job, which requires a great deal of travelling and a co-worker decides “to hitch onto his wagon”, another problem to resolve. At the same time Gwen discovers she is pregnant and worries about rumors and how to tell Jason.
The story takes some nice dips into explaining emotions and the surrounding events and so we get some good backstory into family history and how to set oneself free from a family heritage that was not very supportive. The childish emotions were being brought into contemporary living and finding new coping skills – maturing more into the authentic self.
Neither Gwen nor Val are simple characters, they have definition and smarts knowing how to use these tools. They are intelligent and do not compromise what they know to be true. These young women are sorting out complex issues and challenges and it is good to be privy to their thinking and resolving these solutions. These are very enjoyable characters tucked into a good reading adventure.
There are even more unexpected problems, some are just plain fun and others are problems we all face in our lives. Once again I will say this is a very good read, I think you will enjoy BEST LAID PLANS & OTHER DISASTERS.
“Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado with her husband and kids. She has a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics, two topics she loves to incorporate into her personal essays and novels. Amy has been published in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, INSPIRATION FOR NURSES, NOVELTY BRIDE MAGAZINE, ESME.com, and SPLICE TODAY. Her first novel WALLFLOWER BLOOMING was published in August 2016.”(Cover)
TLC Book Tours sent me a copy for review of BEST LAID PLANS &OTHER DISASTERS