Eliza Starts a Rumor

“A baby is like an apple seed. That tiny seed already contains everything needed to make an entire tree. The strong trunk, a host of branches, even the apples, it’s all predetermined in the DNA of that little seed. Most of the job is done. You just have to tend to it. Just like a baby.”

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for gifting me a copy of ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR by Jane Rosen.

“It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit.

It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame.

Across town, new mom and site devotee Olivia York is thrown into a tailspin by what she reads on the Bulletin Board. Allison Le is making cyber friends with a woman who isn’t quite who she says she is. And Amanda Cole, Eliza’s childhood friend, may just hold the key to unearthing why Eliza can’t step out of her front door.

In all this chaos, one thing is for sure…Hudson Valley will never be the same.”

This book was a hoot! I adored every single one of the characters (well, not Carson) as they all brought such a unique perspective to Hudson Valley. It would be difficult for me to pick a favorite character but if I had to choose, I would be split between Olivia and Eliza. Oh, never mind, I take that back, I just can’t choose. They were all a delight.

The reason that all of the characters were so relatable is that Jane Rosen made them that way. This is my first book written by Rosen and it certainly won’t be my last. Her writing was real, heartfelt, humorous, and tugged at all of my emotions.

While ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR did remind me a bit of Desperate Housewives (not the reality show but the TV show), it did have a serious underlying tone. The storylines references adultery, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. If you have any concerns, at all, about reading this book please let me know so we can chat about it. I think Rosen addressed the issues within the book in such a heartfelt way that I do encourage everyone to give it a try.

Also, without a doubt, I would pack up my bags and move to Hudson Valley if it meant that I could live next door to Eliza, Olivia, Amanda, and Alison (oh, and Jackie). It was a beautiful story following the aftermath of when a rumor becomes a reality.

Thank you Jane Rosen for writing this marvelous story and, please, count me in for whatever you choose to write next.

ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR was published on June 23, 2020, and is available to order from your favorite local book store!

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