** BESIDE HERSELF by Elizabeth LaBan – Spotlight & Giveaway **



From bestselling author, Elizabeth LaBan comes a novel about what love really means. BESIDE HERSELF (LakeUnionPublishing)  is a surprising and heartwarming novel about the making—and unmaking—of a marriage and one woman’s quest through it all.

There are few things more difficult to overcome than infidelity. For many, it’s marriage-ending. But, what happens when an otherwise happy marriage suffers from an affair? Is there room for forgiveness and redemption?

Hannah Bent is blindsided by her husband’s infidelity and must decide whether she wants to stay and work on her marriage or leave and start anew. Life as she’s known it has been a lie. At least, that’s how she feels when she discovers texts on her husband’s phone from another woman. A woman he’d been sleeping with while traveling for business. She thinks her marriage is over. Isn’t that what happens after an affair? Her husband, Joel, wants nothing more than to stay together and repent for his mistake for the rest of their lives. Hannah is so angry and upset, it’s hard to imagine ever feeling secure in the relationship again. But she’s not sure what she wants. She’s seen friends divorce, and it’s not pretty. After all, they have an otherwise happy life together, and she still loves him, although begrudgingly. But, how can she ever move past this?

Furious and stuck, she makes a radical proposition: she will have an affair of her own to even the score. Desperate for forgiveness, her husband agrees. As Hannah attempts to dive into the dating pool, going on numerous awkward dates, she learns just how challenging it is for a middle-aged mother of two to meet someone. When she’s just about given up hope for a successful and fulfilling affair, she finds a deep connection in the most unexpected of places. This genuine connection is both exciting and concerning. What does it mean for her future? Her marriage? What does she really want?


Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. She is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s WifeNot Perfect, and Pretty Little World, which she co-authored with Melissa DePino. She also wrote the young adult novel The Tragedy Paper, published by Knopf, which has been translated into eleven foreign languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, published by Quirk Books, which has been translated into seven foreign languages. Her next novel Beside Herself will be published on October 22, 2019.

She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia InquirerNew York Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. She also ghost writes a weekly column, and has ghost written two books.

She has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in English from Trinity College in Hartford. Elizabeth was an NBC Page, worked at NBC News in New York, taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania, taught journalism at a community college in New Orleans, and was a reporter at a number of small to mid-sized newspapers including The Riverdale Press before she began writing books.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. The cover of the book is so cute. Just tell us what your favorite coffee drink if. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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53 thoughts on “** BESIDE HERSELF by Elizabeth LaBan – Spotlight & Giveaway **

  1. I like chocolate better than most other flavors, so add the chocolate, lots of it, and I’d be very happy. Thank you, Cindy, for this chance to read this book.

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  2. I don’t drink coffee at all. I’m actually happy to see so many others here don’t either because usually when I say that people are absolutely aghast and look at me like I’ve lost every last bit of sense. In the event that I have no option to order a hot drink, I will order a hot chocolate and nurse it because I’m not a fan of hot drinks, so I don’t even do tea. My mom said there’s something wrong with me. HA!

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  3. My favorite coffee drink comes from Batnes & Noble. It is the Vanilla Cappacino made with almond or soy milk; and then there is the extra added whip cream!!

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  4. Well , since it’s fall .been drinking coffee with peppermint creamer from the store and it’s my to go drink .favorite coffee is butterscotch , flavored.but hard to find.yum💜💜🙏🙏🙏💜💜💜

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  5. My favorite drink his time of year is not coffee, instead it’s pumpkin spice chia tea latte with honey! Sitting down in my my recliner with a good book, the tea and a cozy blanket, and I’m set for the night!

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  6. Hi, my favorite cup of coffee has 2 sweetners and lots of milk or creamer in it. This book sounds like a very good read and I love the cover. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. I like mochas but I usually have to ask for a little less chocolate and no whipped cream, so it’s not too sweet. I prefer them at Caribou Coffee!!

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  8. I love love love coffee,.I can drink it morning noon and night. I’m not real big on cappuccino.or frappe but have had them before. My preference is sugar and hazelnut creamer.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  9. Love coffee with a little creamer. I like Mocha frappuccino if i ordercfrom Starbucks later in the day.


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