Monday, February 6, 2012

Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

This is going to be one of my favorite books of 2012! I dearly LOVED this book!

It's time to meet the women of Vista Heights, in one of the cul-de-sac's! A delightfully fun and very refreshing read, yet full of depth!  Hilarious at times!  Brilliantly written! Compassionate. The plot is so true-to-life. These women could be any one of us. Contemporary Fiction/Chic-Lit at it's finest!  The story is touching, moving, and endearing, and yet goes much deeper than that in this book. Each time I would go and pick this book back up to read, it was like opening a brand new present for myself! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to you to take your mind off the daily, mundane things that tend to happen in life. Take a day or two and spend it with these women! You won't want to put it down. These women stay in your mind till you pick it back up.
The women in the cul-de-sac inside of Vista Heights are living a regular, nice, but mundane life in their little worlds, when someone new moves into the house that just sold on their street.  A person who is about to change their lives, they just don't know it yet.  One of the main characters, a woman named Marissa, recently divorced, has lived on this street since before her two children were born. She is very curious as to who it is moving into the house across the street.  She is peeking through her curtains trying to see who it is that has just moved in, hoping she doesn't get caught!  So, she bakes up a plan!  Brownies!  Later that afternoon she takes them over to meet the new owner.  Oh, does she meet her!  After introducing herself, she thought she recognized this woman.  Sure enough!  "Hello, I'm Beatrice Munson."  Oh my!  When she figures out that this was her High School nemesis, she is determined to befriend her in a new light.
Oh, Beatrice Munson!  She had what everyone wanted back in High School when Marissa knew her. She had style, charisma, drive, dreams, and even the most handsome boyfriend in the school that Marissa always envied.  And now, Beatrice still manages to have what everyone wants, even as grown adults.  Beatrice has a style all her own that many people envy.  She moves into Vista Heights, and takes the neighborhood by storm with most everything she does! I LOVE this character!
Not only do Marissa and Beatrice become dearly close friends, but they become very true and dear friends.  ALL of the characters who befriend Beatrice Munson have their lives' change for the better, as Beatrice teaches them how, through life enriching occurrences, to the every day grind, how to have real meaning in the mundane. Beatrice puts a new spin on life for these women.  She teaches them to go after their dreams and reach them! Not just dream them, but to really reach them, create them, LIVE them, and they do.
This book is a truly a charm of a read! I could not stop turning the pages of this book!
One of my favorite lines in this book is this:
"We have all been living in a state of perpetuity and Beatrice's paradigm of freedom just shone a spotlight on it."
I received this book for “FREE” from the Author, Lorena Bathey, in exchange to read and write a review about this book.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

About the Author:

Growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California, Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English. Then she traveled, learned about life, and developed great fodder for a book. Losing her mother to cancer and her own marriage’s demise brought her to find herself. She wrote Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother ( and found speaking and empowering others was her passion. 

Lorena Bathey found after writing her first book that characters were visiting her mind and wouldn't leave. She was introduced to Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life. After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.

After meeting the love of her life, they embarked on the thrilling life to follow their dreams bringing their families along for the ride. Today Lorena has nine novels in her writing queue all with screenplays in the works. 

But writing isn't the only muse that inspires Lorena. She has become a passionate photographer and likes to push the envelope taking shots while learning how to navigate Photoshop. Travel, walking, enjoying new restaurants, and Italy are other loves and things she makes sure she has time for.

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If you would like to purchase this book, click on the link here on the left! ALL proceeds go to supporting this blog.

Lorena's NEWEST BOOK out is called
"The House on Plunkett Street"
Synopsis from Amazon's Editorial Review:
Phoebe Bertram is boring, bland, and unexciting. She works a job that is inadequate of her abilities. She has a boyfriend that is a dud. She is on the treadmill of her life and doesn’t know how to get off. 

With changes in her job and her apartment going condo, she must find a new place to live. Her friend Meghan brings her to the perfect apartment and the moment Phoebe steps in the door she knows there is something atypical about this perspective residence. 

What she never expects are the three ghosts that arrive on her couch to teach her how life is really meant to be lived. 

Author of Beatrice Munson, Lorena Bathey, has brought us another great example of character study combined with a moral at the end of the story. This book will make you laugh, cry, and look at your world with new eyes.


  1. This would be a terrific book for our book club at Katherines Corner! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, please stop by and enter my giveaway too. xo

  2. Hi Katherines Corner!
    Thanks SO much for coming by the "Followers Love Giveaway Hop!"Beatric Munson" by Lorena Bathey would be the PERFECT book for a Book Club! It is certainly one to talk about! I do wish I had more people to talk about this book with, myself! It was GREAT! Definitely worth reading!
    I have to say I'm a better person for reading this book! It really touched me!
    Not to mention Lorena Bathey has a way with her writing unlike any other Author I have read! She really has a talent for writing! She IS an Indie Author, but, one SOON to hit the Top Seller lists, I'm SURE!
    If you don't want to wait to see if you won this book, you can always click on the link to Amazon here on my site and purchase the ebook! It's on sale for a LIMITED TIME for 99 cents!
    Don't forget to check out her other book, "The House on Plunkett Street" by Lorena Bathey, as well! About a woman who meets 3 ghosts in the new house she moves into. They all have something to talk to her about!
    Generally I don't read ghost stories, but THIS ONE, by Lorena Bathey, I can't pass up! I MUST read this to find out what 'ghosts' can teach a person! There is also a link to purchase this book on my site, here, too!
    I hope you win, or get your hands on this book in some way!
    You WON'T be disappointed!
    Thank you SOOO much for stopping by! Thanks for entering the Giveaway!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you win!


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