Good morning, friends! Today I have a review of an endearing, funny read, Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel and publishing on August 7 by Inkshares.

My Thoughts:

It is the 1960s, and Maxine Simmons is a wealthy Palm Springs socialite. She learns her husband is gallivanting with his younger receptionist. Bear with me. This book is much more than those opening lines. 

Maxine loses her cool at Thanksgiving when her husband announces his plans to leave. She is later divorced and whisked away, living in Scottsdale, Arizona, a distance from everyone she knows. Maxine is a determined firecracker, and she sets her sights on the Mrs. American Pie pageant, naming the best wife and mother in the nation. 

How will Maxine create both a husband and family for herself in order to win the pageant? 

If you have read this far, you are probably thinking this book is silly, and it is, but not in the way you are thinking. Mr. and Mrs. American Pie is a hilarious and smart satire. While Maxine is the stereotypical socialite concerned with appearances and climbing that ladder, I loved being on the sidelines for her transformation. The best part, though: I laughed and laughed and laughed some more. Fun, zany, hysterical, chucklesome humor. You just have to witness Maxine’s antics for yourself!

I recently read that Mr. and Mrs. American Pie has been optioned for TV by Laura Dern! 

Thank you to Inkshares for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Mr. and Mrs. American Pie will be released in paperback on August 7, 2018. 


The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Neil Armstrong just took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his twenty-two-year-old secretary.

After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced, but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end―only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.

Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she’ll need to find―or build―a family of her own.

Have you read any humorous books lately? Happy Reading with lots of laughter! ~ Jennifer THR