Summer Reading: Substitute Me by Lori Tharps

Admittedly, I’ve spent the past four years reading a lot of “business” books. I can’t remember the last time I sat and read a novel.  When I checked my PO Box last week and found three unsolicited novels awaiting pickup, I was both surprised and pleased.  Instinctively I thought, “I don’t read novels.” Then I caught myself.  Since I’m always looking for a “sign”, I thought maybe the sign here is to take a break from the business books and have some fun.

And I’m so glad I did.

The first of the three novels I chose to read is titled Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps.

In brief – it’s the story of a young 30-something working couple in New York who recently had their first baby.  Mom is heading back to work full-time, and the couple search for a Nanny.  They find one.

This is a story that I’m sure some are familiar with – man and wife have child.  Both work full time. They seek the help of a nanny to both watch the child(ren) and help with the household.

While I won’t tell you how the story ends, I will tell you that from page one I couldn’t put the book down. The pages turned fast, the story line moved quickly and I felt like I was a character in the book.

If you are looking for a quick, entertaining page-turner to finish off the summer, you might consider picking up a copy of Substitute Me when it comes out August 24. Learn more about the author or read her blog.  Or pre-order from Amazon here. (not an affiliate link)

And then let me know what you think.  If you’re a working mom thinking about hiring a nanny, you may think twice after reading this book!

What about you? Do you read a lot of novels?  What’s your favorite?

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  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    I read mostly business and self-help books. Once in a while I’ll read a novel. I used to love to get lost in a good story. I realize that’s it’s harder for me to get lost in a story. I just don’t care as much about fiction. It has to be written very well for me to stick with it.

    I have been diving into biographies and that gives me my story fix. I recently read Andre Agassi’s (Tennis player) autobiography and that was amazing. He was honest, the writer who helped him kept the pacing interesting, and I felt like I knew the player that I so admired much better.

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