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Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA

Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA, August 2007
by Ellen Meister

320 pages
ISBN: 0060824816
EAN: 9780060824815
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"A heartfelt novel about love, friendship and George Clooney!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA
Ellen Meister

Reviewed by Rachael Dimond
Posted August 9, 2007

Women's Fiction

Applewood, Long Island is the home to three lonely housewives who are members of the PTA for Applewood Elementary School. When they hear that George Clooney might film his next movie at their school, they pull out all the stops. Maddie, Lisa and Ruth become close friends while heading the PR for the project. If they can convince the location scout to use their school, not only will they meet George Clooney, but they'll also get a new stadium for the school.

Maddie Schein used to be a lawyer but quit to become a housewife and mother to her kids. She loves her husband but her love life has felt lacking lately. She suspects her husband of cheating and thinks her marriage is falling apart. When Maddie's old friend Jack starts to pay her some extra attention and tries to win her love, she starts to consider having an affair.

Lisa Slotnick is a quiet housewife. She has a wonderful family and a loving husband. But when Lisa's alcoholic mother, Nancy, needs a place to stay, this turns her life upside down. Lisa already has four children and a husband to take care of. How can she care for her mother too?

Ruth Moss is an outgoing woman who speaks her mind and doesn't hold anything back. She thought money would make her life happy, but not when it came at a cost. Ruth's husband suffered a stroke and is partially paralyzed, impotent, and not the man he used to be. Their love life is gone and she has become a caretaker to him. Instead of dealing with her life, she plays tennis, writes songs, plays the guitar, and involves herself with the PTA. Ruth is lonely and in desperate need of some sexual attention and love. After meeting a man named Paul, Ruth considers having a relationship with him.

Can these three women hold their fragile lives together and head the movie project? Will they meet George Clooney and get the stadium for the school?

I can definitely see SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA appealing to fans of Desperate Housewives. I enjoyed this novel even though I am not a mother, housewife, or member of the PTA. This book has more depth then just appealing to that demographic. I can relate to Ellen Meister's characters and their lives, and that is what makes a good book.

Each character has their own unique personality and you can almost hear how they would sound in real life. Your heart will feel for the characters and yearn for a tight friendship like they have found. There were times where I didn't know if I should laugh or cry, but I did know I didn't want the book to end. Ellen Meister has written a beautiful book about love, life and friendship that you are sure to never forget.

This review is from the hardcover edition.

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When a Hollywood location scout comes to Applewood, Long Island, and announces that the local elementary school might make the perfect backdrop for an upcoming George Clooney movie, the PTA's decorum crumbles like a cookie from last week's bake sale.

Enter Maddie, Ruth, and Lisa, three women who become the glue that holds the project together, forging a bond of friendship stronger than anyone could imagine. And not a moment too soon, as marriage woes, old flames, and scandalously embarrassing family members threaten to tear each of them apart. Is their powerful alliance strong enough to overcome the obstacles to getting the movie made in their town? And will their friendship be enough to mend their hearts and homes? Join them as they reach for the stars . . . and try to pull off a Hollywood ending of their own.

At once tender and hilarious, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA is a captivating story that turns suburbia upside down . . . with more humor, heartache, and heat than one PTA can hold.

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