The Show Must Go On
Hi Reading Ninjas, whatcha readin?
I want to tell you about a fun little gem that released earlier this month. It's funny and quirky and kind of reminds me of the Sue Sylvester (GLEE) quote "You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded - that's hard!" Well, our poor, struggling single mom Poppy Lively is struggling not just to live up to her name, but to live a life, remain out of prison and cater to the whims of Hollywood all while fending off the IRS, keeping a secret from her daughter and having a dog strapped to her chest (yep you read that right)... Now that's hard!
THERE'S NO COMING BACK FROM THIS
by Ann Garvin
The story follows a middle-aged single mum's life over the summer before her daughter starts college. This should be a time of joy at impending freedom -well it would be if her business hadn't gone broke thanks to a dodgy accountant and the IRS weren't coming after her for more money than she could hope to have...
A moment of day drinking, a chance airport meeting and a road trip to LALA land finds Poppy working as a wardrobe assistant in Hollywood. A job she has no idea how to do, but when you're the new girl on set, your colleagues seem to be out to get you and you have a small dog named Kevin strapped to your chest... well, your lack of sewing skills (and a place to stay) are really the least of your problems.
Settle in for a hilarious, fast-paced read as Poppy lives a summer she'll never forget and quite possibly the last she has outside of federal prison. When your name is Poppy Lively you can handle anything... Except possibly this. Trusting people can make all the difference in your life, but when you trust the wrong person - there's no coming back from the outcome.
It seems lately that Poppy Lively is invisible to everyone but the IRS.
After her accountant absconded with her life savings, newly bankrupt Poppy is on the verge of losing her home when an old flame, now a hotshot producer, gives her a surprising way out: a job in costumes on a Hollywood film set. It’s a bold move to pack her bags, keep secrets from her daughter, and head to Los Angeles, but Poppy's a capable person—how hard can a job in wardrobe be? It's not like she has a choice; her life couldn't get any worse. Even so, this midwesterner has a lot to learn about the fast and loose world of movie stars, iconic costumes, and back-lot intrigue.
As a single mom, she's rarely had time for watching movies, she doesn't sew, and she doesn't know a thing about dressing the biggest names in the business. Floundering and overlooked, Poppy has one ally: Allen Carol, an ill-tempered movie star taken with Poppy’s unfiltered candor and general indifference to stardom.
When Poppy stumbles upon corruption, she relies on everyone underestimating her to discover who’s at the center of it, a revelation that shakes her belief in humanity. What she thought was a way to secure a future for her daughter becomes a spotlight illuminating the facts: Poppy is out of her league among the divas of Tinseltown.
Poppy must decide whether to keep her mouth shut, as she's always done, or with the help of a scruffy dog, show the moviemakers that they need her unglamorous ways, whether the superstars like it or