I'll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde
A Novel

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I’ll Take What She Has is a love song to self-absorption. Watching otherwise intelligent, entitled women insult themselves and tear into each other and their significant others was neither pleasant nor believable.
-NY Journal of Books

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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


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About Samantha Wilde

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SAMANTHA WILDE is the author of This Little Mommy Stayed Home. She is the mother of three children and lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and children. A graduate of Concord Academy, Smith College and Yale Divinity School and the New Seminary, she is also the daughter of novelist Nancy Thayer. When not busy mothering, she writes, teaches yoga, and moonlights as a minister.











Author Residence: Hadley, MA











Author Hometown: Northampton, MA
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Bantam. 418 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Feb 26 2013

I’ll Take What She Has is a love song to self-absorption. Watching otherwise intelligent, entitled women insult themselves and tear into each other and their significant others was neither pleasant nor believable.

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