The Mommy Plan [NOOK Book]


Even though her dad calls her Unsinkable Molly McClain, eight-year-old Molly knows he worries about her all the time. In her opinion, he needs someone else to think about. And Molly's found the perfect candidate—Miss Rachel, the arts and crafts instructor at Camp Firefly Wishes. Now all Molly has to do is get them together.

Rachel Thompson isn't sure she's ready for this camp or these kids. For one thing, the campers and their parents talk openly about their experiences, ...

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The Mommy Plan

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Even though her dad calls her Unsinkable Molly McClain, eight-year-old Molly knows he worries about her all the time. In her opinion, he needs someone else to think about. And Molly's found the perfect candidate—Miss Rachel, the arts and crafts instructor at Camp Firefly Wishes. Now all Molly has to do is get them together.

Rachel Thompson isn't sure she's ready for this camp or these kids. For one thing, the campers and their parents talk openly about their experiences, something Rachel's not prepared to do. Her secret is too painful. But little Molly—and her father—are hard to resist. Slowly they're teaching Rachel to value the past, deal with the present…and believe in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459221895
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Single Father, #1150
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 907,759
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan was born with a book in her hand. Okay, maybe not quite, but she did begin reading at the age of four and hasn't been able to stop. Her mother enrolled her in the Weekly Reader Book Club before she went to school, and provided her with books in all shapes, sizes and genres.

Born and raised in northwestern New Jersey, Susan grew up in a houseful of readers. Trips to the library were frequent, and she always participated in summer reading programs and read-a-thons. (Though getting sponsors, if they knew her voracious appetite for books, wasn't always easy.)

Named valedictorian of her high school class, Susan also cowrote the school's alma mater--and married her cowriter/high school sweetheart after college. With a love of books and schooling, it was only natural that she become either a teacher or a writer. And she's been both.

Graduating from Douglass College--Rutgers University--with a B.A. in psychology, and certified to teach early childhood/elementary school, Susan went on to a nine-year elementary teaching career, teaching second and fourth grades. Her favorite part was passing on her love of reading and books to a new group of eager students each year.

She left New Jersey in June of 1996 to follow her husband's career, which first took them to Clarksburg, West Virginia, and then a year later to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they still reside. Erie is the setting for her first novel.

Getting her teaching certificate in Pennsylvania turned out to be more hassle than Susan wanted to deal with, so she taught in a private school for one year, then homeschooled her own son for a year, then turned to writing in an effort to restore her sanity, having discovered that instructing one child of her own was far more challenging than teaching 25 kids who belonged to other people. She admires the people who can homeschool and do it well.

In December of 1999 she was facing her 35th birthday and the turn of the century. She knew it was time to set some goals, to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. The goal she set was to sell a novel to a major publisher within five years--before her 40th birthday--but she reserved the right to reevaluate the goal in five years if she hadn't succeeded. In January of 2000, she enrolled in an online class on "Writing and Marketing the Category Romance," started her first romance novel and was off and running.

She submitted The Baby Plan to Harlequin Superromance in April of 2001. At the end of August the full manuscript was requested, and the "hear-by" date was set at April of 2002. In February of 2002, Susan Gable got "The Call" from Harlequin.

In November of 2002, she held the culmination of her dream in her hands. "I do believe dreams can come true," she says. "You just have to work hard at it. It's not enough to just dream it. You have to go after the dream with a plan for success."

What are her hopes for the future? "To keep writing and selling books. And hopefully to have readers enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them. It's just as much fun on this side of a book."

Any regrets at this point in her career? "That my sophomore English teacher, Mr. Solomon, didn't live to see this. He always hassled me about starting sentences with conjunctions in my creative writing assignments, and I'd tell him that published authors did it all the time. He told me when I was a published author, then I could do it, too. Look, Mr. Solomon. I can start a sentence with a conjunction now."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012


    This book took me forever to read because i had to stop and wipe my eyes and get myself under conrol so i could get back to reading this awesome moving story. The author did a wonderful job and I am going to read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    A book of many depths

    After reading Ms. Gable's excellent debut novel The Baby Plan, I was excited to receive a copy of The Mommy Plan. I was not disappointed. The Mommy Plan is filled with such warmth and depth of character, I felt like I knew James, Rachel & Molly personally by the end. I laughed, cried and sighed my way through this book and though I was enormously satisfied with the incredibly touching happy ending, I was also sad to let these characters go. Good thing this book is going on my keeper shelf. It's a fast, easy read that kept me turning pages quickly. If you're looking for a story to touch your heart, fill you with hope and one that offers a peek at the power of love, this is definitely the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Susan Gable Rocks!

    Rachel Thompson has hit rock bottom. She's sent to Camp Firefly Wishes and there she meets eight-year-old Molly McClain, and her father, James...and in James and Molly, Rachel finds her heart. A touching story of healing and love. Susan Gable's second book is definitely a keeper!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful tale focusing on relationships

    In Pennsylvania, ¿Unsinkable¿ Molly McClain believes that her dad psychiatrist Dr. James McClain excessively worries about her to the detriment of his own health. The eight-year-old realizes she has problems having a transplant inside her, but she also needs to do children things without a daddy hen looking over her every action. At Camp Firefly, a special place for children with organ transplants and their parents, she decides that her father needs a wife who would also mommy her, but not like the one who deserted the two of them years ago. <P>Divorced schoolteacher Rachel Thompson has been on a leave of absence since her four-year-old died. She wants to return to the classroom, but her dad and her boss agree she needs to do something else first to insure her grieving has hit a stage where she can work with children. They insist she first test herself at Camp Firefly. Molly chooses Rachel as the star of THE MOMMY PLAN. <P>Don¿t let the inane title fool readers into thinking this is some sort of comic relief. Instead THE MOMMY PLAN is a powerful tale focusing on relationships in which the health of a child supersedes everything else. In this case there are two children involved, obviously Molly, but also Rachel¿s deceased little Daniel. This novel is for readers who appreciate a poignant well written emotional powerhouse and yes there is a romance subplot that fits inside the theme of the story too. <P>Harriet Klausner

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