The Accidental Bestseller

  • by Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.
Kendall Aims' once-promising career is on the skids - and so is her marriage. Her sales are dismal, her new editor detests her work - and her husband is cheating. Barely able to think, let alone meet her final deadline, Kendall holes up in a mountain cabin to confront a blank page and a blanker future.
But her friends won't let her face this trial alone. Together they collaborate on a novel using their own lives as fodder, assuming no one will ever discover the truth behind their words.
No one is more surprised than they are when the book becomes a runaway best seller. But with success comes scrutiny and scandal...as these four best friends suddenly realize how little they've truly known each other.

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What the Critics Say

"Wax sheds insight on the writer/reader relationship and nurtures this invisible bond throughout. Sure to appeal to fans of women's fiction and aspiring writers." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Meh....just okay.

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this is another one of those "middle of the road" books. Nothing actually bad and not exactly boring, but....not much happens. A group of women that are friends, help one of them out, have problems that each are struggling with individually, get caught for helping the friend, get in a fight and then make up. The End.

At times, I felt that the author just skimmed over each character and didn't make their struggles interesting enough to engage me.

It passed the time, but is not memorable. Narration was probably the best part of the whole experience.

Eh.

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- S

If You're A Fan

If you're a fan of writer Wendy Wax then you already know the major components of this story. First we have three women who are very good friends. One of whom lacks financial resources; one of whom has a husband with at least one foot out the door; and finally one who is well-to-do and in a sensitive marital situation. In this case one of the principal characters has a bad case of writer's block and has not only lost her husband but her publishing deal as well. In order to get out her final book for her old publisher her friends decide that they will pitch in and get this one done.
There is unfortunately the small issue that all three of these ladies are under contract to different publishing houses. Then there is the nasty New York rep, determined to ignore whatever book the writer puts out.
So will these ladies overcome the obstacles before them? Well of course they will.
Like a great many of the writers in this genre the inability to come up with a creative plot line is compensated for by the knack for creating three dimensional characters that people can relate to and care about. In addition the narrator is an excellent reader and seems to have found the voice of each character. Though Ms. Wendy doesn't seem too creative when it comes to different story lines, her characters are universally likable and her books leave you feeling happy.
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- Me & My Girls

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio