Thursday, September 08, 2022

#BookReview: Take It from Me by @writerjamiebeck @BookSparks

Synopsis: A humorous and heartwarming novel about friendship and all its little secrets by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck.

Wendy Moore hides her collection of pilfered bric-a-brac from everyone, including her husband. He thinks she licked her kleptomania in therapy more than a decade ago. Therapy did help, as did focusing her attention on motherhood. But now Wendy’s gardening and furniture-refinishing hobbies fill up only so much of the day, leaving the recent empty nester lonely and anxious—a combination likely to trigger her little problem. She needs a project, fast. Luckily, Harper Ross—a single, childless younger woman in desperate need of highlights—just moved in next door.

The only thing Harper wants to change is the writer’s block toppling her confidence and career. Then a muse comes knocking. Sensing fodder for a new antagonist, Harper plays along with Wendy’s “helpful” advice while keeping her career a secret so Wendy keeps talking. Sure, she’s torn about profiting off her neighbor’s goodwill—especially when Wendy’s matchmaking actually pans out—but Harper’s novel is practically writing itself.

Just as a real friendship begins to cement, their deceptions come to light, threatening Wendy’s and Harper’s futures and forcing them to reconcile who they are with who they want to be. Easier said than done.

This title will be released on September 20, 2022.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: They say that friendships have the power to change us.  I have to say that I totally believe that. I really loved the flow of this story about friendship and change.  It really spoke to me and the empathy that this book showed me was breathtaking.  You never know who you might have something in common with and how each friendship will not only challenge the way we think and live but also change us.  I loved the characters in this story and I can not wait for the next book by Beck. 


“Many women will see aspects of themselves here in this relatable women’s fiction from [Jamie] Beck. It should appeal to book clubs and readers who enjoy books by Danielle Steel or Kristin Hannah.” Library Journal

“[Jamie Beck delivers] an observant and compassionate story about the power of women’s friendship to challenge and change us.” 
―Virginia Kantra, author of Meg & Jo

“Clever, insightful, and brimming with empathy, 
Take It from Me is Jamie Beck at her best. The story of two very different neighbors closely guarding secrets who have more in common than either woman can imagine, Beck’s latest novel is a potent reminder that we are able to know the interior lives of those we care about―if only we can find the courage to ask.” ―Camille Pag├ín, bestselling author of This Won’t End Well

About the Author

Jamie Beck is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author whose realistic and heartwarming stories have sold multimillions of copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist and a National Readers’ Choice Award winner. Kirkus ReviewsPublishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah and dancing around the kitchen while cooking. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can get exclusive excerpts and inside scoops and be eligible for birthday-gift drawings by subscribing to her newsletter at To learn more about the author, visit her at

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