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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sybil Baker Offers Up Chicklit in "Life Plan"

Title: The Life Plan
Author: Sybil Baker
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
ISBN-10: 1934081167
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Casperian Books LLC (March 1, 2009)

Review by Joanne Hirase-Stacey

I’ve never been to Thailand, but author Sybil Baker made me feel like I was there with Kat Miller.

For Kat, life was all planned out. She is a patent attorney on her way to becoming a partner at Pratt, Simpson & Livingston. She and her husband, Dan, created their Life Plan and five years into their marriage, Kat is certain everything is on schedule. But after Dan loses his job and starts taking yoga classes at the gym, Kat becomes suspicious of his fidelity.

When Dan announces he’s going to Thailand to learn massage techniques, Kat’s best friend Susan, a divorced divorce attorney, and Kat’s mother prod her into going along. Kat finally agrees after she meets Tiffany, a beautiful Asian woman in Dan’s yoga class, who just happens to be going to Thailand as well. Kat wants to save her marriage and make sure the Life Plan stays on track because she is almost 30, and if she has to start over with another man, it will push back all her plans of buying a home and starting a family.

Once in Thailand, Kat tries to be fun and spontaneous, but she really wants to return home to their normal life, and to her mom and Susan who are each experiencing life changing circumstances as well. After Kat hurts her foot, Dan takes off, and Kat meets some interesting characters: Jean Paul, Lucy, and Chad, who take Kat outside of her structured, controlled world.

But Kat desperately wants to find Dan and work out their problems. A series of events leads her to him, and ultimately to realizations about herself and her need to follow the systematic life plan she and Dan created.

Read The Life Plan to find out what happens to Kat and Dan and to their Life Plan.

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