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Bethany Morris always puts everyone else’s needs first. That's why when she got pregnant in college, she shouldered the burden alone. She had the baby in secret and placed it for adoption. Sixteen years later, she’s patiently waiting for her live-in boyfriend to propose and wondering if she’s missed her one chance at motherhood. Life gets complicated when she runs into theBethany Morris always puts everyone else’s needs first. That's why when she got pregnant in college, she shouldered the burden alone. She had the baby in secret and placed it for adoption. Sixteen years later, she’s patiently waiting for her live-in boyfriend to propose and wondering if she’s missed her one chance at motherhood. Life gets complicated when she runs into the baby’s father and realizes the chemistry’s still there. At first, Bethany and Parker relive the good, old days, but then he reveals that he has the same disease that took his father’s life. Does Bethany owe it to Parker to tell him that he has a child? Should she track down the daughter she’s never known just to give her bad news? Risking the comfortable life she’s built for herself, Bethany embarks on a cross-country road trip to face her past and find the daughter she never forgot....

Title : A Weekend Getaway
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ISBN : 9781500590857
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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A Weekend Getaway Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-02-01 07:44

    We follow Bethany Morris through a difficult part of her life where nothing goes as planned. Reunited with a long lost love and the child she selflessly gave up sixteen years ago to the reality of the life she is living today. We watch at the main character is forced to make tough decisions that will affect the rest of her life.Lenfestey has nailed her characters flawlessly. Her ability to write Bethany as someone I was able to relate to from page one is a quality I love in an author. The story had enough depth to keep me committed to the end with plans for book two.The only thing I didn't quite agree with or understand is the title of the book.A Weekend Getaway is about so much more than a "weekend". I would have liked to see Lenfestey found a title more appropriate to the intense story.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-02-13 10:47

    Wasn't keen on this. I was getting bored with it so packed it in at all seemed a little too farfetched and the characters not very believable to me.I find it hard to believe that anyone in charge of adoption papers would ever let the woman-on-the-street come in and burrow through them !!She wrote road blocked which totally baffled me in the context it was written till I realised she meant roadblocked. It reads very differently that way. We're to take on board that a three year old had a tantrum (and she'd resided with her for a few months) and Beth was clueless. I'm pretty sure she'd have seen that nonsense before that occurrence !!I was bored with her repeating the fact that she had a middle-management job, too.I liked the cover a lot-that was eye-catching.

  • Heather -
    2019-01-30 07:00

    A Weekend Getaway Secret Series Book 1By: Karen LenfesteyKindle – 295 pagesI received this book for an honest review of the book from the Author.Life is full of surprises and secrets. Bethany Morris was easy to relate to, I enjoyed the characters. When your life deals you a hand that you are not ready for, you are forced to deal with them. Bethany is faced with the life choices she made sixteen years ago. Karen wrote with ease and brought the characters to life, you want to root for Bethany to get her happy ending. I am definitely ready to read Book 2 open the rest of the story. You definitely will want to pick up this book and a cup of hot cocoa. Rating 4 StarsSynopsis: Bethany Morris always puts everyone else’s needs first. That’s why when she got pregnant in college, she had the baby in secret and placed it for adoption. Sixteen years later, she patiently waits for her live-in boyfriend to propose and wonders if she missed her one chance at motherhood.Life gets complicated when she runs into the baby’s father, Parker, and he reveals that he has the same disease that took his father’s life. Does Bethany owe it to Parker to tell him that he has a child? Should she track down the daughter she’s never known just to give her bad news?Risking the comfortable life she’s built for herself, Bethany embarks on a journey to face her past. Along the way, she realizes she’s not the selfless person she thought she was.Follow me:http://heathersbooksbooksnmore.blogsp...Facebook:

  • Melodie
    2019-02-06 12:39

    A weekend getaway sounds like a good time.And there are two in this book. Neither of them would qualify for that status in my opinion.The first is a college club reunion. The second is an awkward meeting of birth parents and the daughter they created sixteen years earlier.Both weekends start out with promise but end painfully. There is a lot of struggle and heartache in this story. Bethany is caught in an unhappy web of her own making. She is the queen of "If only...". But she soldiers on, believing down deep that she is only getting what she deserves. Parker. Good looking, tiger by the tail kind of guy.Blessed with a super sized work ethic he has climbed to the summit of success. Money, lots of it is what makes his world go around.He knows that money can't really buy happiness, but he sure gives it a go.There is a host of secondary characters integral to the story. And a few of them set my teeth on edge. We won't go there. Don't be put off this story. It is a very accurate portrayal of unintended consequences and what happens when people forgo taking responsibility for their lives. And when people decide to step up to the plate,positive change is inevitable. Many thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. There is a sequel, and I have started it.

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    2019-02-05 12:52

    I love when stories tackle the subject of past decisions coming up to have real time consequences! There is something compelling about seeing how the past does affect our future and to see how each character works out the kinks makes for a very interesting to read. There are interesting and engaging characters and a story that keeps along at a good pace. You find yourself rooting for them all to find the peace that they all, in their own right, deserve! 4.0 stars

  • Eileen
    2019-01-24 06:41

    I was asked to read this book from the author. It is a great story of regret then learning to forgive yourself and live the life you want. Beth had a baby at sixteen and this book is about her secret finally coming out. Excellent book can't wait to read the second book!

  • Donna Riegel
    2019-01-30 06:34

    I loved the story about Beth and Parker. Beth got pregnant by Parker and he does not know he has a child. I loved the characters and the story about trying to become a family. I am the reading the second book in the series to see what happens.

  • Preethi Bhat
    2019-02-15 09:34

    Amazing book.. all emotions in place... and well written

  • Kathy Averbeck
    2019-01-25 07:55

    As I was reading this book, it started to feel familiar to a book I read before but I knew I hadn't read this one. The mystery was cleared up at the end of the book when I found that the main character's story continues in the next book--it was that one that I read.The story was all right. The characters were somewhat believable and the circumstances they were in were believable but some of the details didn't feel right. I was expecting a bit more uplifting of a story based on the title and cover photo.

  • Vicky
    2019-02-11 12:54

    This book was a cute girlie love story. I like women characters who have strength. Initially, I thought Bethany was strong. But as the book progressed it showed how weak and mousey she was. Although, She does stand up for herself towards the end of the book. The book was enjoyable and very easy reading. There are two books following this one. I took a look at book 2. Possibly I might read it in the future.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-09 08:59

    This book surprised me!I wasn’t so sure I would love this book, but I did. I enjoyed it from the very beginning and it only intensified throughout the book. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the feelings that came with reading it, and can’t wait to look into the other books in this series.

  • Jenny Molepske
    2019-02-05 07:51

    Nice light readThe angst of Beth, the main character, is endearing and frustrating at the same time. I kept wanting her to discover her worthiness. In the end, a good book I would probably read again.

  • Sue
    2019-01-18 12:37

    Surprising!. An unknown author for me. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm glad it's part of a trilogy. I look forward to reading the next book and will definitely follow this author.

  • K
    2019-02-08 13:55

    Well done, good characters I enjoyed the believable story. The characters were not overdone, but very real. I would read more books by Lenfestey.

  • Deborah
    2019-02-10 12:57

    Loved this book.First time reading this author and look forward to reading more. I liked the characters in this book and the flow of the story.

  • cherise bisset
    2019-01-30 12:52

    Well worth a readBrilliant story , keeps you gripped from beginning to the end . The characters are believable and you're never quite sure what will happen next.

  • Annie Burrows
    2019-01-19 12:52

    Almost made me cry - so moving.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-16 10:49

    Very good Very good story with lots of twists and turns looking forward to book 2 and continuing with more stories in the future

  • sue
    2019-01-29 05:45

    Good book! Can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

  • Bonnie C Myers
    2019-01-17 13:40

    Enjoyed the book.I would have given it five stars but sometimes the main character was just too much of a wimp. The plot line was as expected but I enjoyed the read.

  • Patricia Pettingill
    2019-01-17 10:48

    This book was depressing. It wasn't as happy and light as I thought it would be. The story line was fine. It did have some light language.

  • Lindsay Lester
    2019-02-16 10:48

    I recieved a complimentary copy of A Weekend Getaway from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading A Weekend Getaway, as much as I enjoyed reading Friday a la Mode. I enjoyed that A Weekend Getaway was a longer story and there are more twists in this than the prequal. I remember in the prequal, I was really rooting for Beth to get with Drew, and your heart breaks when he has to cancel their date but then when she runs into him with his neice, Emma at the pizza parlor, you learn that he was not giving her the brush off. In A Weekend Getaway, I really felt horrible for Beth that she stayed with Drew, since he wasn't giving her what she wants or needs. It was almost as if you can feel that she didn't feel worthy of love or leaving Drew to find someone who does fit her needs. You find out that her and Parker had a daughter together, and he's married and with her friend Ivy, who you find out as the reader is all wrong for him. You find out that him and Beth were much better suited as a couple together, and throughout A Weekend Getaway, I kept rooting for both of them to leave their significant other and to just be together and be happy! It was so heart wrenching seeing what they went through in the process of him finding out about the daugher and how heart wrenching that was for her to have kept it from him all those years, despite her reasoning. You can't help but sympathize with his situation how hard that could be to find out years later you have a daughter you didn't know about, and he never even had a chance to have a choice in his say in the matter with what he would have wanted. I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters, and would love to read the next book in the series as well!

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-02-02 13:32

    This is an enjoyable story about the trials of Bethany (Beth) who had a baby after a one-night-stand in college and made the tough decision to give the baby up for adoption. Many years later, she still isn't married, but living with her boyfriend who doesn't see the need to get married. Beth desperately wants marriage and to be a mother so gives up on the boyfriend. Sixteen years after giving the baby up, Beth runs into Parker who is the father of her child and finds she is still attracted to him. He tells her that he has the same disease that his father died from. She never told this man about the child but now wonders if she should and also if the child's adoptive parents should be told about the possibility of getting the same disease her biological father has. What should she do?The book is a great read and definitely captures the reader in the story line, but that wouldn't work if she didn't have good characters. I was impressed with Beth and the way she handled her life. She made decisions that were hard for her to do but each time she did what she felt would be best for everyone involved.The author did a wonderful job of pulling many difficult life situations together and having everything work out. Not work out as in everyone was happy but instead where satisfied with the outcome. All the true to life situations were clearly written so the reader could easily picture the scenes.Please note that I received a complementary copy of A Weekend Getaway in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend A Weekend Getaway.

  • Jennie
    2019-01-31 09:58

    Just finished the story and am ready for the sequel! Beth, the main character who always put others first, was so easy to identify with and impossible not to love. She had a crush on the handsome boy her college roommate married, she worked her butt off for 13 years at the same company and for no recognition, she gave the boyfriend - and his niece - her everything and beyond without the promise of the future she deserved. Beth's trials and tribulations were like those ones that we all face in our lives, so the story really resonated with me. I felt her pain and hurt along the journey, and delighted when things turned her way and she claimed the happiness to which she was entitled.For me, each character made the story the enjoyable experience that it was. Beyond Beth, I felt I knew Parker and Ivy, whose marriage wasn't quite as perfect as one might think; adorable Emma and her dysfunctional pregnant-again mother Missy; supportive bestie Sarah, the supermom and friend; Luke, the unappreciative boss; and Drew, the loser live in - probably because I've known others like them. Although I've enjoyed each Karen Lenfestey story I've read; this was by far my favorite. I'm ready to read the sequel!

  • Bianca
    2019-02-07 07:43

    Review posted first on my blog.Lenfestey did an amazing job with characterization in this book. Beth, whose hardships and suffering make her a lovable and relatable main character; Drew, the live-in boyfriend, who just can't take the hint; Missy, Drew's horrible and selfish sister who often takes advantage of Beth's big heart; Parker, the hunky boy Beth had a crush on since college; Ivy, Beth's college roommate who is as selfish and self-centered as Missy; and Sarah, the supermom and down-to-earth friend who's always been there for Beth.The characters were really what kept the story going for me. They all seemed so real, flawed and fascinating that I wanted to know more. I also love that this was a story about second chances and facing the past. As much as I enjoyed it, I had a hard time staying focused. It wasn't one of those stories that sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. It wasn't one of those stories that I wanted to devour in one sitting. Thank you to Keren Lenfestey for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carol A. Farrish
    2019-02-11 09:53

    There were a couple of weekend getaways featured in this book - one that united college friends that made Bethany Morris want to come to terms with a baby she had long since given up for adoption and one where she and the baby's father met their daughter to give her some difficult health news. This scenario made for an interesting story, but the back story was that for much of her life, Bethany had been overweight and had some self-esteem issues. This played into her inability to fight for her relationship with the baby's father in the first place. It also impacted many of the choices she made throughout her life, which put her settling for second place when she shouldn't have. When the book took place, she had long since lost weight, but still saw herself as a frumpy person that other could take advantage of. As the story unfolded, found herself able to break out of an unproductive relationship, get a better job, and position yourself to claim a happier life.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-12 11:51

    Bethany is in her mid 30's and feels she is at a dead end. Her job doesn't seem to be going anywhere and she is living with a boyfriend who will not commit to marry her and have kids. She is also helping to raise the boyfriends 3 year old niece. On top of all this she has a secret. Bethany had a baby at 18 and put it up for adoption. There is only one person close to her that knows this, a good friend from college. Her parents don't know, the baby's father doesn't know and neither does her boyfriend. The baby's father is diagnosed with Huntington's disease and Bethany decides her baby needs to be aware of this genetic health history. Karen Lenfestey writes in such a way that you can just feel the emotional turmoil that Bethany is going through. Very good read, however the ending was a bit abrupt in my opinion.

  • Juli Hoffman
    2019-02-09 07:55

    Cozy ReadIn general, this was a cute story. I enjoyed the theme of a birth mother struggling with her past decisions. I do wish the characters had been developed a bit further. Best friend Sarah seemed a little too perfect. Boyfriend Drew was a flat character. Ivy was almost written as if she were an evil, red lipstick wearing villain. Beth's parents were supposed to have factored heavily in main character Beth's decision making process, but they only make a cameo appearance.If you're looking for a cozy read, this book might fit. I did take a star off of my rating due to lack of character development, but I almost took off two. There is some mild language, but not an excessive amount. This book would be appropriate for adults, maybe a little boring for teens. It seemed geared towards a thirty-something crowd. The main characters are in "transition."

  • Paige
    2019-01-26 12:42

    * I received this book for review from the author. This in no way affects my thoughts expressed in this review*I always love a good story of second chances, and so the synopsis of this book had me instantly enamored. The main character was lovely and the book read almost like a unique sort of memoir. The characters were remarkable and had me wanting to know more and more about them. They were perfectly flawed in that way that is not often portrayed in books, Karen Lenfestey did a fantastic job into create a true to life portrayal, and it had me feeling every emotion right along with the characters.This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good book. Full of emotion, memories, and honest character representation Lenfestey has created a gem of a story that will definitely have readers excited for more!

  • Diamond Drake
    2019-01-21 10:37

    A Weekend Getaway was just an okay read that I'd rate 2.5. I always felt as if I was waiting for something to happen. The build up to things was interesting enough but the issues were either resolved quickly (without much drama or angst) or skimmed over. By the end of the story I didn't care about any of the characters or what happened to them. I wanted to be emotionally involved and, unfortunately, I never was.I did enjoy and appreciate that A Weekend Getaway was well written from a grammatical standpoint. It was very easy to read. I just hoped for more character and storyline development. As always, these are merely my opinions and should be taken as such. *****I received this book in exchange for an honest review*****