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What Women Want

What Women Want

A Novel

Fanny Blake

Thomas Dunne Books

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A heartwarming debut brimming with humor, richly drawn characters, and a tender exploration of female friendship.

Bea, Kate, and Ellen have always known that they can depend on each other no matter what. And it's a good thing, too, because each is finding the latest phase in life . . . challenging. Bea's contending with a new boss, power-hungry colleagues, and a difficult teenage son, not to mention the anxieties of returning to the dating game. Stressed-out doctor Kate is coping with an empty nest and the growing realization that her marriage has lost its shine. But when Ellen, a widow who has devoted herself to her children and her art gallery for the last ten years, falls head over heels in love with Oliver, the long-term bonds of these three friends is put to the test. Bea and Kate are driven away from their friend and from each other as they react differently to this unfamiliar stranger in their midst.

Fanny Blake's What Women Want is a novel about love and life and the challenges of female friendship that women face as they try to decide what they want—and come to realize what they really need.

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WHAT WOMEN WANT (Chapter 1)
'I'll get out here, thanks.'

Bea cursed as she stepped out of the taxi into the sweltering chaos of Shaftesbury Avenue. July was always hell in central London. She could feel her trousers sticking to the back...

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Praise for What Women Want

“At its core, What Women Want is a novel of female friendships, changed expectations, and shifting priorities. Debuting novelist Blake draws Ellen, Bea, and Kate as equally sympathetic heroines, each with her own strengths and weaknesses. ... Readers who enjoy the works of Erica Bauermeister and Liane Moriarty will relate to this witty and realistic portrayal of modern female friendship.” —Booklist

What Women Want is like having a long, funny, and fascinating conversation with your very best friends and becoming deeply involved in their lives, families, and love affairs.” —Penny Vincenzi, internationally bestselling author of More Than You Know, Sheer Abandon, The Best of Times, and the Lytton Family Trilogy

“Women take heart: Here is a novelist who understands exactly the comedy, absurdities, and frustrations of your lives. A delicious read.” —Elizabeth Buchan, author of Separate Beds, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, and The Good Wife Strikes Back

“Fanny Blake is a wonder. Put on the tea, ring up the girls and have a party. Here's a novel to savor and share with your girlfriends, sisters and mothers. Fanny writes with hilarity, warmth and truth about how to navigate the tricky waters of womanhood. I loved it.” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and The Shoemaker's Wife

“Full of insight with a sharp wit, this is about real women in realistic situations, entertaining and thought provoking.” —Katie Fforde, internationally bestselling author of Recipe for Love, Love Letters, Wedding Season, and Wild Designs

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About the author

Fanny Blake

Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and nonfiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. What Women Want is her first novel.

Fanny Blake

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