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I'll Take What She Has

A Novel

Samantha Wilde

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Perfect for fans of Marisa de los Santos and Allison Winn Scotch, Samantha Wilde’s new novel is a funny and heartfelt look at friendship, marriage, and the dynamics of modern motherhood.
 
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
 
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.

Praise for I’ll Take What She Has
 
“Samantha Wilde has a dry wit, a big heart, and a sharp eye that doesn’t miss a trick. I’ll Take What She Has is a smart and funny behind-the-scenes look at private school life and the grass-is-always-greener friendships of three women who, like most of us, would have fabulous lives if only they could get out of their own way!”—Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom
 
“With wit, compassion, and a keen ear for dialogue Wilde explores issues of insecurity, envy, young motherhood, and friendship in this fast-paced work.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“With her easy, amusing narrative style, Wilde speaks the language of women and communicates what lies in their hearts. Add to that a strong, genuine plot with expressive, intelligent yet flawed characters at the center, and you have a gem of a read.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“A poignant, thoroughly entertaining tale of friends, family, and wanting more.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
 
“Wilde delivers an honest, unflinching, and emotional look at the messy unpredictability of both motherhood and friendship.”—Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 04, 2013 – Best friends since childhood, Annie and Nora, are now in their early 30s and staff members at a small New England boarding school. At an all-faculty turnout for the funeral of an elderly teacher’s cat, Wilde’s irreverent tone immediately emerges. But amusement fades when glamorous new hire Cynthia Cypress shows up, forcing overweight Annie and insecure Nora to handle their envy. Nora becomes Cynthia’s adoring friend while Annie is openly hostile, especially after Cynthia and her husband move into a larger campus house previously promised to Annie. Cynthia’s immediate popularity at the school and Nora’s friendship with her so intensify Annie’s acerbic mood that it nearly severs the latter pair’s friendship. As Annie explores her rage, Nora’s life assumes tragicomic proportions. Her outspoken sex therapist cousin, in town on an extended visit, reveals Nora’s intimate past to Cynthia’s husband while Nora’s straight-laced mother and 93-year-old grandmother descend on her and her long-suffering husband. With wit, compassion, and a keen ear for dialogue Wilde (This Little Mommy Stayed Home) explores issues of insecurity, envy, young motherhood, and friendship in this fast-paced work.
I'll Take What She Has
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Feb 26, 2013
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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