About the book:
BLUEPRINTS is the story of two strong women: Caroline MacAfee, a skilled carpenter, and her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Caroline and Jamie are not only mother and daughter but best friends and also colleagues. Together they’ve grown a popular home makeover show “Gut It!” with Caroline at the helm as host and Jamie as the consulting architect. Broadcast on local public television in Boston, the show has not only made Caroline a beloved local celebrity, but promotes the family owned business, MacAfee Homes.
The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told the network wants Jamie to replace her as the host on Gut It!, thinking a twenty-something host would attract a younger audience. Caroline feels betrayed and blindsided, and 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 a packed work calendar and an immaculate home, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, and a staggering new attraction. To top it off, she is faced with a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of MacAfee Homes, Gut It!, and most importantly, her relationship with her mother.
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. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself. Both Jamie and Caroline are forced to reconcile their long held beliefs about themselves, their visions for the future, and how they relate to each other.
MY REVIEW:Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
Wanted to read this book because it's about architecture and building-something I admire others doing and enjoy the outcomes: I enjoy seeing things from a different angle than some.
Also the author's previous works speak for themselves and I know I will get a great read from this book.
Book starts out with Jamie MacAfee and she's just wrapped up the Gut It! show that she's involved in with her family business.
She is the designer/architect of the redone houses, her mom is the carpenter and the host and her father runs the business as his father will be retiring and her soon to be husband is the company lawyer.
Problem is her father has just told her the GM wants her to be the host for the next season which would mean they don't want her mother around.
Her parents are divorced and she tries to please them both. The building competition is also at her heels, the Barth Brothers.
Tragedy happens and now she has more on her plate than before...Love the fact that many generations of the family are followed in this book and real up to date problems
and the discussions with the older crowd. Love how strong both Caroline and Jamie really are in how they handle details in their lives.
Love picking up a book and learning, career of the women, words I've never heard that I do look up myself, what bands on the rings mean as I have a necklace made out of the same three.
It's all the little things and the big things together that when they combine forces can achieve so much more. Love bonds of mother/daughter as their situations change through the book. Hot steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
About the author:
Barbara Delinsky is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts.