Books: the actor and the housewife
  • An Indie Next Great Read July 2009
  • A Family Circle Magazine Summer Page Turner
  • The City Weekly 2009 Readers Choice award winner for Best Fiction Book (ARTYS)
  • Indie Next Featured Paperback July 2010

"Hale keeps the prose crackling with humor and has a sure hand in creating nuanced, believable characters"
Publisher's Weekly

"This effervescent story reads like a romantic comedy screenplay...Sweetly satisfying, it's the perfect diversion on a sunny day."
Family Circle

"THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE is completely unbelievable and totally credible... The dialogue is witty, the romantic suspense genuine, and the finale? It ends the way it should."
New York Daily News

"Readers will certainly keep turning the pages...Hale offers a pure wish-fulfillment fantasy, one that readers, especially housewives, will thoroughly enjoy."

"Hale's prose is friendly and funny."
Kirkus Reviews

"Shannon Hale does a fine job of making a case for this dream come true...the novel is light, fun reading material for the beach or airplane and will cause more than a few readers to wonder what would happen if they happened to run into their favorite celebrity."
Chicago Sun-Times

"This modern fairy tale asks the question of what happens when your secret celebrity crush starts to mix with your ordinary, happy home life. A delightful read!"
Avery Dickey, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL, for Indie Next List

"Like 'Austenland,' 'Housewife' is entertaining and is far above many books in its genre."
Deseret Morning News

"If you want sparkling dialog, it's here. If you want to laugh until it hurts, open this book. If you want to cry, you won't avoid it. If you want the kind of book you grip with white knuckles to find out what happens, here it is."
Mette Ivie Harrison, author of The Princess and the Hound

"What would you do if Brad Pitt or Jude Law suddenly entered your life? The beloved author of Austenland is back with the story of Becky, a stay-at-home mom who meets her years-long celebrity crush, Felix Callahan. What ensues is a friendship straight out of any woman's fantasy that changes Becky's life."

"Becky is a fully realized character capable of carrying an entire book."
City Weekly

"Couldn't put it down and read the entire book in one sitting...I kept bursting out laughing, startling my husband, and then began weeping (he kindly passed the kleenex) and then began reading furiously, knowing it was getting late, but having to finish the book. Well, now it's tomorrow and I'm sitting in front of the computer, bleary eyed but happy...and knowing that this sleep-deprived day was totally worth it."
Cathy from Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas

"Witty and warm-hearted, the latest book from the ever-intriguing author, Shannon Hale, will delight audiences with its humor and loyalty...Between the pages of the book lie the unique twists and turns of humor and poignancy that Ms. Hale utilizes with skill and mastery in crafting a modern fairy tale of love, devotion and friendship."
Jean for Reader's Choice for Salt Lake County Library

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