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A new mother must adjust to a life she never asked for - and learns that sometimes the worst thing that can happen is exactly what you’ve been waiting for - in this spirited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire

“Charming...cleverly told and uncommonly appealing.” (People)

Very pregnant and not quite married, Jenny Harris doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned. But Dean is acting distant, and the night he runs out for cigarettes and doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor. And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby’s), there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. Then things start looking up: Jenny learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor. But Dean is never far from Jenny’s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end she must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she’s been lucky to find.

©2007 Katherine Center (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Fantastic!

Once I started I couldn't stop. Me & my dog Bear relaxed and listened to the entire story, it's Friday and I'm retired so we can do whatever we want! I think he really recognizes her voice after almost 80 books
Therese Plummer once again brings the characters to life majestically. Thank you Katherine Center for a great story.

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Beyond the baby obsession a sweet listen

This was well written with a good bit of humor woven in and narrated by the exemplary Therese Plummer, who got me through the first half.

If you're planning on having a baby, are pregnant or just had a baby, then this is totally the book for you! Otherwise, you may not make it through the first half. Having had three home births, thirty years ago, the massively detailed account of pregnancy and post baby blues (though spot on) is no longer what I care to wade through. BUT, after all that is a realistic, humorous, good story with an excellent ending.

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Good until the end

I love the humor and the story was good until the last few chapters. The lead female turns into a wimp and it took everything I had to finish the book.

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Sweet but predictable

I enjoyed the character development and the angst of thinking you love someone not worthy of love. However this book was pretty predictable from the first chapter. Read it if you want Italian no brain required romance.

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Good Book

I had a hard time not rolling my eyes or groaning at some of the new mom quirks, like really shut up!!, it was hard for me to keep going but I pushed on and I am glad I did.

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Fictional what to expect when your expecting

The narrator was very good. The story and plot were predictable. If you are pregnant and want to hear about impending motherhood then you might enjoy this book. Understand that there are other thoughts on childbirth, babies first year and motherhood than what is brought to light in this book. This just wasn’t a world I wanted to be taken to during my reading time.

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Fabulous

I am hooked by this authors wit and depth . of joy and pain with great attention to detail! I Have gobbled 4 of her books this past 30 days

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good debut novel

Back in May of 2021 I read my first Katherine Center book. I fell in love with her writing and storytelling style. Since then, I have read 6 novels (including this novel) and 2 short stories -- her 2022 book is already on my TBR list.

“The Bright Side of Disaster” is "Katherine Center’s"debut novel. Jenny is very pregnant, she never planned to be pregnant but needs to embrace this life path .. she thinks Dean her finance and father of her baby is on the same path. But Dean’s head in a different space - he is more interested in his cheesy cover band, has a bad smoking habit and very unsupportive Jane. One night he goes out for cigarettes and just never comes back. Jane wakes up and finds a note from Dean .. he is not in love with her anymore and needs to get away .. this all before their baby is born.

Once the baby is born, a little girl Jenny names Elizabeth Maxine; Maxie, life with a new baby just gets harder, motherhood is not what she expected - Jenny’s milk takes it time coming in causing a hungry baby turning Maxie into a crier.

“No, I haven't showered in a week because the baby cries when I put her down"

Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, let the baby cry occasionally and take a damn shower.

With the help of her mother, a new Mommy Group and bargaining with a neighbor for help in exchange for home cooked meals and even the possibility of a new love interest Jenny gets somewhat of a handle on her life until .. yep you guess right .. Dean shows up.

Finally Jenny realizes ..

“And I was grateful. For all the things that had brought me to this moment, and for every single thing that would follow.”

While I found “The Bright Side of Disaster” and easy quick read, I got very frustrated with Jenny - she makes dumb decision making her character look weak with no backbone. I felt the end of the books was a tad rushed BUT I am still giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was an audiobook narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Thérèse Plummer.

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Frustrating & Boring

I was so disappointed by this book. There really wasn’t much of a story and I found myself unable to cultivate any empathy for or connection with the main character. Her “what choice did I have?” attitude is pathetic and frustrating. Um, the choice to set better boundaries and make better choices…? Blech.
The narration was pretty good, as this particular narrator is very experienced, though her style isn’t for everyone.

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Easy listening .

I loved the narrator and the story. I don’t want to be slapped around with a whole lot of reality so this book was perfect. It made me laugh out loud many times. It was a well written beautiful story. Thanks. I wish we could all have a neighbor like that and he wasn’t our husbands.