Let's Pretend This Will Work

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$16.99  $15.80
Lake Union Publishing
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5.53 X 8.5 X 0.93 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author

Maddie Dawson is the bestselling author of ten novels, including Snap Out of It, The Magic of Found Objects, A Happy Catastrophe, Matchmaking for Beginners, The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal. She grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department store clerk, medical records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding invitation company receptionist, nanny, day care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up stories as she worked. Today Maddie lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. For more information visit maddiedawson.com.


"Readers looking for a story that captures their full attention and doesn't let go will enjoy every page of this book." --Booklist

"An utterly delightful read, proving that sometimes fate isn't written in the stars but within the walls of one's own bruised heart. I absolutely adored this feel-good novel!" --Laura Barrow, author of Call the Canaries Home

"I challenge you to read the first page of Let's Pretend This Will Work and not shut off your camera during Zoom meetings, cancel dinner plans, and stay up late into the night to finish it. It's that good. If you're not reading Maddie Dawson, you're not laughing, sighing, or living right." --Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of There's No Coming Back from This

"I can try and be witty and throw out glowing superlatives, but the truth of the matter is Maddie Dawson is just plain brilliant. Her books are sunshine and magic, bighearted and bright, and Let's Pretend This Will Work is the shiniest star of all. Find me a reader who won't be dazzled by the pure joy of this charming story. I dare you." --Rochelle B. Weinstein, bestselling author of What You Do to Me

"Maddie Dawson writes with so much heart and wisdom that every one of her novels hits a deep part of my soul. Let's Pretend This Will Work is no exception--I loved it." --Annabel Monaghan, bestselling author of Same Time Next Summer

"Maddie Dawson is the master of lovable messes. But unlike other fictional messes who change the core of who they are to find happiness, Mimi Perkins learns to embrace the magic of her quirky self and find her own path, just as she is. Filled with heart, humor, comfort food, and an adorable supporting cast, Let's Pretend This Will Work is a delight for anyone who has ever been told they needed to be less than exactly who they are." --Sara Goodman Confino, bestselling author of Don't Forget to Write

"With her signature warmth, wit, and heart, Maddie Dawson offers us a story brimming with quirky, relatable characters who start out in quite a pickle and invite us to grow alongside them as they grapple with loss, search for love, and seek to embrace a big, wonderful life!" --Rachel Linden, author of Recipe for a Charmed Life

"I can count on Maddie Dawson to deliver a wonderful, whimsical, full-hearted story every single time, and Let's Pretend This Will Work is my favorite so far--full of light and hope and the possibility of magic if we just believe a little bit." --Barbara O'Neal, bestselling author of Starfish Sisters

"A quest for love with unimagined speed bumps and detours, Dawson's stellar writing turns a messy journey into something magnificent." --Patricia Sands, bestselling author of Drawing Lessons

"Mimi Perkins is whimsical, openhearted, foolishly optimistic, and an utterly hot mess in the best possible way. I absolutely adored her and this hilarious, heartfelt, wonderfully wise novel." --Marie Bostwick, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly

"Let's Pretend This Will Work is a big, beautiful, heart-filling, life-affirming book about Love with a capital L. Dawson's endearing main character, Mimi, takes us on a laughter and tears adventure through all of the different kinds of love...Don't miss this one." --Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Improbably Yours

"Full of serendipity and bursting with wisdom and humanity...I rationed the pages of this whimsical, vulnerable, and emotionally intelligent story. To read a Dawson novel is to understand yourself and others in surprising, warm, and hopeful new ways." --Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The Mozart Code