AUDIOBOOK + BOOK REVIEW: Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen @janelrosen1 @PRHAudio @BerkleyRomance #ElizaStartsARumor

Publisher: Berkley / Penguin Random House Audio

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction / Women’s Fiction


The author of Nine Women, One Dress delivers a charming, unforgettable novel about four women, one little lie, and the big repercussions that unite them all. 

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit.   

It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame.  

Across town, new mom and site devotee Olivia York is thrown into a tailspin by what she reads on the Bulletin Board. Allison Le is making cyber friends with a woman who isn’t quite who she says she is. And Amanda Cole, Eliza’s childhood friend, may just hold the key to unearthing why Eliza can’t step out of her front door. 

In all this chaos, one thing is for sure…Hudson Valley will never be the same. 

Funny, romantic, raw, and hopeful, this is a story about being a woman and of the healing power of sisterhood.

My Thoughts

I have been seeing quite a few reviewers call Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen a light read, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all. I did think there was a great amount of humor and a lot of you go girl moments, but Rosen also touches on so many hard and important topics as well. You’ll find a lot about motherhood in the novel as well as friendships, wonderfully strong female characters, and also a few characters that will infuriate you. I really enjoyed all of the different viewpoints and the structure, plus I really liked the way the cast of characters tied together. I definitely shed a few tears while reading it, and I thought that it was such a refreshingly different read.

The audiobook is narrated by Lisa Flanagan and she did a beautiful job being the voice of Eliza Starts a Rumor. I fell in love with her narration immediately and think she was the perfect choice to narrate this novel. I LOVED the relationships that Rosen created between the female characters and this is a great book for reaffirming what it is like when women come together and support each other. This was a heart-wrenching, timely read and I thought it was so well thought out and executed. I never read the author’s debut, Nine Women, One Dress, but I do remember hearing about it when it first came out. I am regretting never reading it now and you can be sure I will be remedying that ASAP!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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