Otherwise Engaged

Otherwise Engaged

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Baker & Taylor
Erin and Jessica, childhood friends from a small Arizona town, are reunited when Jessica, a New York journalist, returns to ask Erin to switch places with her for six months to give Jessica a chance to reconcile with her estranged family.

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Erin and Jessica, one-time best friends growing up in a small Arizona town, are reunited when Jessica, a New York magazine journalist, returns to ask Erin, a hometown innkeeper, to switch places with her for six months to give Jessica a chance to reconcile with her estranged family, but neither woman expects the dramatic impact of the exchange. 60,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
What if you could live the life you've always dreamed of -- but never pursued? What if your choices -- married or single, career or motherhood, city or country -- could be made all over again? Bestselling author Eileen Goudge ponders "what might have been" in this tender, provocative tale of two best friends who exchange lives -- and discover the surprising places where their deepest joys and satisfactions live.
Jessie Holland is a journalist on the rise in New York City -- and she wouldn't trade her walk-up apartment or her 2:00 a.m. sushi takeout for anything. Only lately, she's been in search of a hot story, and praying her career isn't cooling off. When her editor at Savvy magazine poses a compelling question -- can you ever really go home again? -- Jessie spins the fantasy into a feature story. Could she return to her western hometown and be truly content? Can a bona fide New Yorker exchange her subway pass for an SUV and find happiness?
Erin Delahanty appears to have an enviable life as the owner of a popular bed & breakfast in a picturesque Arizona town. What's less visible are the escalating fights between Erin and her husband, Skip, and the tensions that are affecting their teenage daughter. When Skip unexpectedly leaves her, Erin turns to her best friend Jessie for comfort -- and is handed a stunning proposition: Come live in Manhattan for six months, while Jessie runs the inn and steps into her shoes.
Neither woman has anything to lose: Jessie's romance with recently divorced news bureau chief Jonathan Silver is at a crossroads, while Erin needs time to sort out her marriage. But the choices and challenges they face in their new worlds take them both by surprise....What began as a daring magazine article will change both women forever. Can you go home again? Find out in this surprising and emotionally compelling novel from one of the freshest and most original storytellers of our time.

Publisher: New York : Pocket, c2005
ISBN: 9780743483186
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 26, 2019

I really enjoyed this novel. I was not familiar with the author but the story concept and characters caught me from the beginning. Changing houses and lifestyles is only the start; it also involves changing attitudes and conceptions about yourself and how you react/interact with family and friends.


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