Book Review and Giveaway: Ladies’ Night

It’s hard to explain to a non-blogger what it is like when you choose blogging as a profession. An outsider doesn’t understand why you spend every waking moment with a camera or SmartPhone, and how something as minor as a title of a post can make or break your monthly income. So to read a book where the protagonist is a successful Lifestyle Blogger is quite a treat.

Recently BlogHer gave me the opportunity to check out Mary Kay Andrews’ latest book, Ladies’ Night. The book is about Grace, a Lifestyle Blogger who is going through a divorce and a major life change. When Grace decided to react to her husband’s infidelity by driving his car into their backyard swimming pool, she was forced to attend weekly counseling sessions with fellow women (and one man) going through divorce. The group became friends, and through it had a weekly Ladies’ Night, hence the name of the book.

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I really enjoyed Ladies’ Night – it was an engaging and fun read. I looked forward to reading it each evening after a long day at work and putting Emerson to bed; it was my mini escape. It was fun to find that Andrews didn’t just write this book, but has a whole site dedicated to it with reading group discussion questions and recipes for food inspired by or mentioned in the novel. I must say while reading the book I was craving some crab corn bisque and was excited to find the recipe on the site!

Having this book from a blogger’s point of view was interesting; you saw into how a blogger makes money and has to do a lot of business deals and networking to stay relevant and profitable. But more than that, the book showed how strangers can quickly become best friends, and the power of a group of girlfriends and the occasional Girls’ Night.

Since having Emerson, my Ladies’ Nights are less frequent, but more necessary. Having that time with people you love and trust and to be able to have a couple of cocktails, dance, and gab about unimportant topics is so healthy and recharges me for work and family life. Each summer, a few of my girlfriends and I head to the beach for a weekend. We lay out, read trashy magazines, go out to dinner, hit a few bars. We drink, we dance, we laugh, we eat Buffalo wings at 3am. We let go of the drama and stress at home for those couple of days and come back better friends and better people.

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177 Comments

  1. lauriedamrose
    July 4, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    retweeted @lemonlaurie

  2. lauriedamrose
    July 4, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    my ladies and I go out for the movies and dinner,sometimes dancing

  3. K Anne
    July 3, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    I love having Ladies Night In. We watch a movie, eat popcorn and laugh!

  4. Lisa
    July 3, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    We love meeting up for dinner and drinks and going shopping. Just hanging out and having a good time is a treat.

  5. carogonza
    July 3, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    I love catching up with my friends

  6. susansmoaks
    July 3, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    I love to go out for drinks with the girls. I enjoy getting dressed up and having fun with my girl friends.

  7. Margaret Steele
    July 3, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    My friends and I took a painting class for Ladies Night! I love catching up on what’s going on in their lives.

  8. Whitney Lynn Bellows
    July 3, 2013 / 5:47 pm

    I like getting together with my girlfriends for the wine, good conversation & overall just fun times!

  9. mommyto2girlz
    July 3, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I like just being able to spend time with friends. We are usually doing pto stuff but it’s still a break from the normal every day stuff. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  10. tina m
    July 3, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    have a nice dinner and just have fun

  11. Crystal Smith
    July 3, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    I love the way you can let loose, laugh, and be crazy the way you only can when you’re just with some close girlfriends.

  12. Tabathia
    July 3, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    Its a chance to reminisce and to see how everyone is doing

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  13. Thomas Murphy
    July 3, 2013 / 12:16 pm

    I like to get together with my friends because its lots of fun!

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  14. Christian Alejandro
    July 3, 2013 / 11:47 am

    I like it when my girlfriend has them because she doesn’t have a chance to see a lot of her friends during the week.

  15. Shea Naylor Balentine
    July 3, 2013 / 10:59 am

    Girls night out? What’s that? *lol* Yep.. it has been far too long. I always enjoyed the conversation and laughs shared =)

    sheabalentine@yahoo.com

  16. AngelaLilly
    July 3, 2013 / 10:36 am

    I have this one friend who loves to treat me to decadent treats. Once it was a hair cut and color, another time a manicure, and most recently a pedicure including a massage. THAT is what I call a ladies day! LOL

    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  17. Stephanie G
    July 3, 2013 / 8:56 am

    I love being able to relate to other women, sometimes you need that. It is reassuring to know that other people are going through the same thing and you can laugh at some of the things that are causing you stress which serves as a release.

  18. s riches
    July 3, 2013 / 5:03 am

    I like how my friends and I can get together and go to a new restaraunt to relax and unwind.

  19. Michelle Tucker
    July 3, 2013 / 1:34 am

    I like getting caught up with all the gossip. I know, I’m bad.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  20. Kayla
    July 2, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    I love just laughing, chatting, and catching up.

  21. Lauren Harmon
    July 2, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I love the laughter my friends and I share… Ladies nights always involve lots of laughs and wild times! 🙂

  22. Lisa Garner
    July 2, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I love our ladies night out because it’s a time to be myself and have fun. The most unique thing we have done was take a pottery class.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  23. Erica Carnes
    July 2, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I love getting together and being able to vent!

  24. Emily
    July 2, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    Me and my friends get together once a week for dinner and knitting.

  25. Stephanie Larison
    July 2, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    I definitely need my girls only nights to keep me sane! Lol, we usually go out to the spa to pamper ourselves. I love just being silly and relaxing around them talking about our lady problems.

  26. tinareynolds
    July 2, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    I love just relaxing/undwinding and great conversations we usually go to dinner and then do something bowling, movies etc.

  27. Shauntea Crutcher
    July 2, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    I like that I can have a night with just my friends, just enjoying our time together.

  28. Valeen N
    July 2, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    I love all the talking and giggling and letting our hair down for awhile!

  29. Ed Nemmers
    July 2, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    I love the esprit de corps!

  30. Joni Dolniak
    July 2, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    I’m retired so I like getting the latest scoop on my previous fellow workers.

  31. starr_greenwell
    July 2, 2013 / 11:56 am

    I love getting together with my friends to hear what is going on with their lives and to laugh, cry and be grateful for having such great ladies as friends.

  32. Jenny
    July 2, 2013 / 11:52 am

    I love having a ladies night out with my friends. There is nothing better than laughing and having a good time with friends

  33. Mihaela Day
    July 2, 2013 / 11:23 am

    getting to be silly and yourself with people who don’t mind me getting a little silly…it gives all of us a chance to unwind and talk about situations we might be going through at times 🙂

  34. DeniseSachs
    July 2, 2013 / 10:33 am

    I love the laughs, reliving old stories and telling new funny ones.

    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  35. cynthiac
    July 2, 2013 / 5:40 am

    I love my friends. We get together to laugh and talk and just have fun in general.

  36. Anastasia
    July 2, 2013 / 4:32 am

    The best part about getting together with the girls is indulging in our common interests! Stuff no one else cares about except for us

  37. Carol Ezovski
    July 2, 2013 / 4:29 am

    I like going out to a movie or dinner with my female friends so we can catch up with work and family news/gossip.

  38. jen gersch
    July 2, 2013 / 4:02 am

    i love chit chatting about our lives

  39. godan2
    July 1, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    finding out what everyone’s been up to

  40. jalapenomama
    July 1, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    We try new nail and make up things – lots of fun!
    And we have great food and drinks – thank you.

  41. Carla Pullum
    July 1, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    Love exchanging recipes!

  42. sohamolina
    July 1, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    I love all the laughs we have.

  43. Tamar
    July 1, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    I love catching up with old friends and enjoying great food 🙂

  44. July 1, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    The freedom of talking and laughing freely about any subject without concern about what the guys might think. And the Margaritas. 🙂

  45. Kate F.
    July 1, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    I love relaxing with friends and catching up.

  46. Carly K
    July 1, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    I love catching up with my girlfriends over dinner and drinks.

  47. Kiara
    July 1, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    We like to go out to the movies and just catch up on what’s going on in each others lives.

    austma7@aol.com

  48. Stephanie V.
    July 1, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    I enjoy uninterrupted conversation. Seriously a treat! A few martinis, some tapas and we are all happy!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  49. Ellie W
    July 1, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    I like to get together with my girlfriends to talk about our shared pasts, and catch up on our current lives. And complain about our men, of course.

  50. Anne K
    July 1, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    I love catching up, and making new memories!

  51. Chrystal D
    July 1, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I love the laughs we have!

  52. agordon10
    July 1, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Its fun to just go out with friends and relax.

  53. Angela Kinder
    July 1, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    I love getting with my girlfriends because it’s a time for us to decompress from the day. We usually go out to dinner and then somewhere classy for cocktails.

  54. Shannon Baas
    July 1, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    I love the fun we have.

  55. sandra
    July 1, 2013 / 11:42 am

    getting the latest gossip

  56. Lady Chel
    June 30, 2013 / 11:43 pm

    this book sounds exciting! I miss having a ladies night, It seemed as if no matter what beef or gripe I had – someone was there to share in my “misery”. The reverse was also true! So I never felt alone!

  57. Betty Curran
    June 30, 2013 / 6:56 pm

    I love catching up on everything that has happened since we last saw each other. We don’t get to have ladies night very often due to work schedules so there is usually a lot to catch up on.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  58. meredith
    June 30, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    I love getting together telling funny stories and jokes – or just to vent!

  59. Kerry
    June 30, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I love the relaxation and comfort of spending time with true friends! And there’s always good food and drink:)

  60. Debra Ford
    June 29, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    We really love to each try a new recipe to try and share at our ladies night. Someone will usually think of a signature drink too and we just laugh, eat and drink.

  61. Amy Tong
    June 29, 2013 / 1:26 am

    I love getting together with my friends for ladies’ night because we can hang out, catch up and basically talk about anything, boyfriends, husbands, kids, work, food, love, etc. It’s just so much fun.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  62. erica best
    June 28, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    i love the girl chat

  63. KeystoneKarla
    June 27, 2013 / 3:30 am

    What I love about having a Ladies Night is getting dressed up, ordering some fancy cocktails, and getting the gossip!

  64. LAMusing
    June 23, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    I love the laughter and sharing and sheer fun of hanging out with girlfriends.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. margaretsmith
    June 19, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    I love having a small break from my kids and husband. I also love getting caught up with my friends and having a few laughs.

  66. Maria
    June 19, 2013 / 11:32 am

    We love trying new restaurants and breweries (who says beer is just for the boys?)

  67. Eugenie
    June 18, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    We have a group of women who love the outdoors. We do hikes together with potluck dinners afterwards.

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

  68. June 18, 2013 / 10:20 am

    I love the company! Eating yummy food and laughing!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  69. Karina Lee
    June 17, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    i love being able to relax without worrying about the kids

  70. amy pugmire
    June 14, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    I love being able to be myself, to relax, laugh and enjoy good company

  71. Courtney Bella
    June 14, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    I like being able to gossip and drink a glass of wine 🙂

  72. Cynthia Taylor
    June 13, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    Love a Ladies Night out. We have one once a month

  73. Cherie Mason
    June 13, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    even if we have had a bad time…we always end up laughing!

  74. Karen Waskewich
    June 13, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    Love this book so far!!

  75. Judy
    June 13, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    Ladies’ night or ladies’ afternoon can leave you with new energy and purpose. Just listening and sharing while sipping some wine is good medicine. Laughter is a big part too. An opportunity to give support to ones in our group going through tough times has also been a reason for enjoying more of these occasions.

  76. Michi Gilbert Lunceford
    June 13, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    Some of the moms from school have been having ladies night about once a month and I enjoy it so much! It is so nice to get together away from a school or sports event and just visit without the kids around and enjoy some wonderful food and tasty drinks!

  77. Carijane Slaughter
    June 13, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the great books, MK and thanks for this giveaway/

  78. Delight
    June 13, 2013 / 11:56 am

    Ladies Night is a night to get away, catch up, and be yourself. You get to hang out with great friends who know you best! An cocktails are always a plus!!!

  79. Christine
    June 13, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Just being able to be 100% silly with friends that I share a history with is amazing. No fear of judgement, just good friends, good food and lots of laughter.

  80. June 11, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    I can’t remember the last girl’s night out I’ve had, but it’d be nice to have time away from kids to relax and be a kid myself.

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  81. rachel
    June 11, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Catching up in person since we live miles away…that’s always a treat! We like to go out to eat.

  82. JessieC
    June 9, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/343928323061211137

  83. JessieC
    June 9, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    We love spa and wine for lady’s night with all my girlfriends. Catching up with our lives and sharing laughs of everything and anything, it’s always super fun. tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  84. susan1215
    June 7, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    We have Ladies Night at one of our houses and make it potluck. It’s fun to get together just us girls without the children and husbands.
    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  85. Delora
    June 7, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I love that my conversations aren’t interrupted every 15 seconds by a little person having to tell me something!

  86. steff
    June 6, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    i love catching up on news!

  87. Peggy Oakley Lobertini
    June 6, 2013 / 11:04 am

    What I LOVE about getting together with girlfriends is the chance to laugh, cry, hug, listen, talk, vent and grow with my favorite group of girls! We get together once a month and have a nice dinner or drinks and just talk for hours. We all have new stories to tell and need advise from our besties. We make a long night of it and know that this valuable time will help us laugh about life and the next few weeks activities while thinking about our discussion. Our time keeps us bonded to each other sna we know we’ll be there for each other anytime!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! – See more at: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ladies-night-a-100-book-giveaway/#comment-38987

  88. franknsense22
    June 6, 2013 / 10:19 am

    I love the different perspectives that are brought when all the girls get together (with a little wine)…

  89. Hannah Seward
    June 5, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    I love getting together with my ladies and catching up on life. We have all just left to go away to graduate schools or start full time jobs, so it’s an important time to keep in touch. Plus the drinks and laughs are fantastic! 😉

  90. Denise
    June 5, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    Just the camaraderie of good friends,we can relax and be ourselves.

  91. Lucy Christel
    June 5, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    I love good wine and good conversation/laughter with great friends!

  92. Denise
    June 5, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I hope I can have a ladies night soon, but with a new baby, it’s much harder to schedule!

  93. gatorgirl4325
    June 5, 2013 / 10:30 am

    The girls I hang out with ‘get me’ – lots of laughs and good wine!

  94. eds_77845
    June 5, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Please count me in!

  95. Happinessatmidlife
    June 5, 2013 / 12:21 am

    I am going to have to check this book out. I saw it at Costco and was debating about picking it up. It’s been a long time since my girlfriends & I have a done a ladies night out. We are planning a weekend getaway in Oct – I can’t wait!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlfie.com

  96. Carla Mayfield
    June 4, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    I love the laughter, the camaraderie, and being with people who “get it.”

  97. Dee
    June 4, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    Girls Just Want to have FUN! And ladies’ nights are all about fun!

  98. Chris
    June 4, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Your ladies weekend sounds like so much fun! I love reconnecting with faraway friends.

  99. Bridget
    June 4, 2013 / 8:25 pm

    laughing until my cheeks hurt!

  100. Kristin Glad
    June 4, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    best things about ladies night: the excellent company and the massive amounts of cheese!

  101. Mary Gonzales
    June 4, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    I, too, love the ease of ladies night. We can talk and smile, and laugh together for hours without worrying about what the guys will think!

  102. Maureen
    June 4, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    When I have gotten together with friends I have knit while we talk and they drink. We love to get together to gab and to cook also. We love to just relax without other responsibilities.

  103. Kelly E
    June 4, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I love girls night! Getting to catch up with my friends and laugh and talk about old times and life.

  104. Elizabeth
    June 4, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    I love ladies night, my friends and I get together and just talk and drink wine

  105. Dee
    June 4, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    Sounds like a fun read!

  106. Elizabeth N.
    June 4, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I love conversing and ladies night is the perfect place to do that. We just moved far away from our friends and family and I am craving a ladies night with my best friends like no other. Alas, my husband is the only person I really know here yet.

  107. AwwwTrouble
    June 4, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    This book sounds intriguing. I have a monthly mom’s night out with a group of women that all met when our first borns were infants (at the breastfeeding center of DC). Actually one of our members knows you in real life, through blogging I think (it’s a small world). THat monthly night out has been a lifesaver.

  108. pragmacat
    June 4, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    Ladies Night is just like any good Friends Night – it’s relaxing, you get to unwind, and step away momentarily from all of your “being an adult” problems.

  109. June 4, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    QUICK QUESTION. is your contest distinct from the contest described at the Ladies’ Night brand page on BlogHer.com ?

  110. Jessica To
    June 4, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    I like being able to chat with friends and have an adult conversation!

  111. mami2jcn
    June 4, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/341999253310275584

  112. mami2jcn
    June 4, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    Going out for a chick flick is always fun. It’s just nice to catch up with each other’s lives.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  113. June 4, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    I like getting my friends together for ladies’ night because we always enjoy each other’s company and it is a good way to catch up on what is going on in my friend’s lives. We usually eat out and chat.
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  114. June 4, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    my tweet is at twitter.com/fraserkr/status/341947117490814976

  115. June 4, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    what I love about getting girl friends together for ladies’ night is trying new restaurants, tea houses, or wine bars. I enjoying visiting with my friends who I don’t get to see regularly.

  116. Lisa Brown
    June 4, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    We like getting together for a night out at the movies, then have dessert somewhere. It’s a great time to catch up on what is going on with everyone and have a relaxing time.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  117. Elena
    June 4, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    I love to have a good time with my friends, talk about girly stuff and laugh
    elena150980@yahoo.com

  118. Kathleen
    June 4, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    Love this giveaway idea! An evening (or even better, a weekend!) with some of my closest girl friends is one of my favorite things in the world. Surrounding yourself with people that you love and trust can make any activity a good time!

  119. Sonia
    June 4, 2013 / 11:54 am

    Even as a non-blogger, but a rabid reader of your blog, I too relish time out with my girlfriends once in a while. Even though I spend plenty of quality time with my husband, I find that I can release and just be myself when I’m with the girls just jabbering away and laughing as only we can when we’re around each other.

  120. Miranda
    June 4, 2013 / 11:35 am

    I love getting together with friends over good food and discussing our lives. We all live so far apart from each other and it’s nice to be able to catch up every once in a while.

  121. LK
    June 4, 2013 / 11:21 am

    Lately the best part about ladies night is just having it in the first place – everyone is so busy! Although when we do get together we have drinks, act silly and laugh til our stomachs hurt 🙂

  122. Mary
    June 4, 2013 / 11:00 am

    I know a ladies’ night has been good if I cry with laughter 🙂

  123. alice
    June 4, 2013 / 10:50 am

    My two best friends are guys actually so I’m not sure ladies night applies, but we plan to get together a couple of times a year (we’re scattered around the country) and drink fancy beers and gossip. It’s the best!

  124. Natalie Mikolajczak
    June 4, 2013 / 10:35 am

    I like to get dressed up, have yummy cocktails, and inevitably get silly as hell.

  125. Cynthia Washburn
    June 4, 2013 / 10:27 am

    I love just being able to talk about shallow stuff and having a good time – not everything has to be so serious all of the time. We can go back to saving the planet tomorrow – ladies night is for remembering good times, people watching, and talking about trashy tv.

  126. April Mitchell
    June 4, 2013 / 10:11 am

    Love ladies night, wine and cheese is a must, talking about family and good books is the best.

  127. Shana
    June 4, 2013 / 10:09 am

    I love being able to hang out in comfy clothes with my girlfriends and watch chick-flick movies and TV shows. 🙂

    shanahattis at gmail dot com

  128. sydneypage
    June 4, 2013 / 9:53 am

    I love ladies nights as a reason to eat good cheese and drink good wine!

  129. Brianna
    June 4, 2013 / 9:33 am

    We get together once a month for any number of reasons- wine tasting, new restaurant, learning to play bunco. It’s all about good food, good friends, and lots of laughs.

  130. Justine
    June 4, 2013 / 9:30 am

    I like that we get to see each other and try a new restaurant together. We aim for monthly meetups and it’s usually the only time when we hang out because of everybody’s work schedules.

  131. bubu
    June 4, 2013 / 9:29 am

    So true, ladies nights become less frequent but more necessary after having kids. I love a ladies night get together as a chance to talk, or NOT talk about our kids – to maybe talk about ourselves for a change! And to act silly and immature without worrying about setting a good example for anyone. And to remember what it feels like to be an autonomous person and a woman and a human being with her own interests and likes. And also to remember that we are not alone in the things we are dealing with — and that many things just need to be put in perspective. And wine — lots of wine.

  132. Val
    June 4, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Oh, Ladies Night…all my girls live so far away now. We usually end up getting together when everyone is home for Christmas. Perfect antidote to holiday stress.

  133. Victoria
    June 4, 2013 / 9:11 am

    I love the ease of ladies night. Just laughing, remembering other funny times together.

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