Room and Board: A Novel by Miriam Parker

Title:  Room and Board: A Novel
Author: Miriam Parker 
Publisher: Dutton
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 303
Date of US Publication: 16 August, 2022
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

I was excited to read this one, but it read more like YA and I wasn’t expecting that, nor was I looking for it in a story about a MFC in her late 30’s. 

I found the story arc to be fumbling, the dialogue stilted and awkward, the shifts between present day and past were not well defined, and I didn’t really understand the romantic relationship between Gillian and Aiden at all - the reader is told more than shown; that didn’t work. 

Unfortunately, this one wasn’t for me. 

eARC kindly provided by Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


A charming and redemptive novel about unexpected second chances, following a publicist who, after the sudden implosion of her career, takes a job as a dorm mom at a Sonoma boarding school that happens to be her alma mater

Gillian thought she had everything she ever wanted—as a successful publicist running her own Manhattan firm and working with a high-profile-celebrity clientele, she finally made herself at home among the elite who eluded her throughout her youth. That is, until her career implodes, leaving her jobless, friendless, and with a googleable reputation that follows her everywhere. So, when she receives an offer to become a “dorm mom” at Glen Ellen Academy, the prestigious Sonoma boarding school she attended two decades earlier on scholarship, she leaps at the opportunity for a change of scene—at least until she can figure out how to rehabilitate her career.
But Gillian is surprised to find herself enjoying her new life: her role as a mentor is unexpectedly fulfilling, she finds a community, and most surprisingly of all she runs into an old flame from her own time at school, who is just as dashing now as he was then. However, just as she begins to feel comfortable, a scandal surfaces on campus that threatens to derail everything, and Gillian must figure out how to save her job, her students, her friends, and her new romance before it’s too late.


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