Release Date: March 7, 2023
About The Book:
Eighty-four seconds on TV can change your life.
Or destroy it.
Josie Nickels is an Emmy-winning news anchor, poised to rise through the ranks of television journalism. But on a bitter March evening on live television, the pressures and secrets burbling behind closed doors of her ridiculous Victorian mansion explode. And the overwhelmed journalist spills family secrets like a Baptist at altar call.
The aftermath costs her much more than a career. It robs her of a beloved son—a preppy, educated millennial trapped in the deadly world of addiction. Addiction that began after a common surgery.
Desperate for a new start and a way to save her son, Josie packs up her pride, her young daughter, and accepts a new job slinging cosmetics at a department store make-up counter with other disgraced celebs.
In the gorgeous mountains of Asheville N.C., known for hippies, healings, and Subarus, Josie is faced with a choice:
Take a chance on a bold, out-of-the-ordinary treatment plan for her son. Or lose him forever.
This heart-wrenching and, at times, hilarious novel, will delight fans of book-club women’s fiction. And inspire and give hope to those with addicted sons and daughters.
THE BEAUTIFUL MISFITS is an emotional yet uplifting ride through a world of fierce love, store-bought beauty, and wonder.
About The Author:
Best-selling southern author, Susan Reinhardt is known for her gift of weaving wit, humor, and heart into serious topics and infusing them with wisdom. She has been praised for creating unforgettable, quirky characters who linger in readers’ minds.
Her latest novel, THE BEAUTIFUL MISFITS, publishes March 7, 2023, from Regal House Publishing and is perfect for book clubs, for those who enjoy beach reads, and for readers looking for novels with heart, humor, and hope.
Her debut novel, CHIMES FROM A CRACKED SOUTHERN BELLE, won the ‘Best Regional Fiction’ award in the 2014 Independent Publishers Book Awards contest. She’s also a #1 Amazon bestseller. This novel was a top summer reading and book club pick. Susan’s books are popular with book clubs specific to women’s fiction and romantic comedies.
She also writes non-fiction humor. Her titles include NOT TONIGHT HONEY: WAIT ’TIL I’M A SIZE 6, praised by Publishers Weekly as ‘fun and fresh’ and ‘filled with lyrical prose.’ Booklist lauded her work as ’ranging from side-splitting to achingly poignant.’ She’s been compared to a modern-day, southern-fried Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry.
Susan Reinhardt is a former syndicated columnist for Gannett Newspapers and has written for national publications where she won multiple awards.
She lives in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, near Asheville, North Carolina, and is on her second and final husband. https://susanreinhardt.com/
This book club must-read tells an emotionally charged story of one mother’s fight to save her son in this beautifully written tale full of heart and hope! -USA Today Bestselling author Ciara Knight
“Susan is a wonderfully gifted storyteller who combines biting wit and laugh-out-loud humor with a beautifully moving writing style. She can turn tears of laughter into the other kind in a single paragraph. You’ll love The Beautiful Misfits.”– Robert Tate Miller, bestselling author and movie screenwriter for CBS, NBC, Disney, and Hallmark including films such as When Christmas was Young, Three Days, and A Summer Romance
“Reinhardt writes from the heart on the serious problem of rampant drug addiction—but always with the warmth and humor her long-time readers know to expect. A wealth of finely drawn characters populate this lively look at a single mother fighting her own demons and trying with all her might to save her drug-addicted son.”
– Vicki Lane. author of And the Crows Took Their Eyes and the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian mysteries
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