#LASR_Anniv Help Wanted by Barbara Valentin

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HelpWantedWhen Claire Nelson decided that her happily-ever-after lay not in marriage but in a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, she vowed never to tie the knot. But that was before she met Paul Mendez, handsome and charming enough to have her breaking said vow and marrying him shortly after college.

Almost fifteen years and four sons later, Claire is now a burned out breadwinner ready to ditch her quest for happily-ever-after, and Paul has traded his dream of chairing corporate board meetings for volunteering at PTA meetings as a stay-at-home dad. Feeling trapped in a demanding job, Claire’s repeated attempts to get Paul to return to work fall flat. Contemplating divorce, she drafts a letter to the Plate Spinner, a popular advice columnist, asking for help. But when the reply contains an offer that may just put her bestselling author dreams back on track, Claire’s only question is: will Paul be on board? Or does her charming husband make a surprise move of his own?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Barbara is an award-winning novelist and second-generation journalist. After spending a decade in maternity clothes, she has five boys to show for it and much fodder for her column, The Plate Spinner Chronicles, a long-running feature in the Chicago Tribune. A member of RWA’s Windy City chapter, she still dreams of the day when her to-do list includes ʺSend NY Times book critic thank you noteʺ and ʺAccept Godiva’s request to be a taste-tester.ʺ


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  1. I like the sound of this story, a relatable story.

  2. Katharine M says:

    This book is so much fun! I love this author and series!

  3. Peggy Hyndman says:

    “Help Wanted” sounds like a great read … adding it (and “False Start” to my TBR list.

  4. I want to read this book!!! I love the cover

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