Blueprints

  • by Barbara Delinsky
  • Narrated by Amy Rubinate
  • 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blueprints is the story of two strong women - Caroline MacAfee, a skilled carpenter; and her daughter, Jamie, a talented architect. The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told the network wants Jamie to replace her as the host on Gut It!, their family-based home construction TV show. The resulting rift couldn't come at a worse time. For Jamie life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!
For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. When her ex-husband dies, she is thrust into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there's Dean, a longtime friend whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.
"Who am I?" both women ask as the blueprints they've built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

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Stubborn Not Strong

I loved the idea of a book about Caroline (mother 56) & Jamie (daughter 29) who were close friends. However, I thought both women were too fast to believe the worst of the other.

When Jamie's father suddenly dies, Caroline rushes to help another family member rather than her child. In what world would a mother not put her daughter first when grieving? The women found time to become romantically involved with men yet no time to support each other.

There were cute moments as Jamie learned to care for her half brother but too many times when Caroline & Jamie were too stubborn or proud to communicate. I was frustrated when they acted more like teens than mature adults, which made this book less than entertaining for me.

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- Rusty

Wonderful!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Blueprints the most enjoyable?

I loved this book. The characters were so real and believable. The story could of been any young couple struggle for love


What other book might you compare Blueprints to and why?

I thought Salt Air was great but this one was better. I love Barbara Delinsky and the way she writes.


Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Amy was great in her presentation. She really bought these characters to life.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jamie fallen in love with Chip? So believable.


Any additional comments?

Waiting for the next best seller.

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- Patricia Ellin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio