Blueprints Book + $50 Home Depot Giveaway

 Some women are born with an instinct for knowing how things work—and what to do when they break.


Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show’s audience.  But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline’s fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn’t come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband’s death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

BARBARA DELINSKY is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling books. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she’ll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.


One lucky Sarah Scoop reader is going to win a copy of Blueprints + a $50 Home Depot gift card.

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  1. I’d like to win because we bought a house recently and could buy some items at Home Depot.

  2. I would love to win because I love reading and also I have a ton of new home projects to work on – we just bought a house.

  3. I love to read and this book looks so intriguing that I really want to read it and find out how the characters solve their problems. I also love doing Home Improvement projects!

  4. I’d love to win because I enjoy reading and would like to read this, and I could always spend money at Home Depot!

  5. I want to win because my parents and I are in the process of building their retirement home. We need carpet and tools.

  6. I’d like to win because I’m trying to read more! I’d also love to create a cozy window seat in my livingroom!

  7. I want to win because I need some reading material while my son fishes and also would LOVE the home depot card!

  8. I would love to try a Barbara Delinsky book. It sounds like a great read and I am always looking for new authors to read.

  9. I love to read and have read her before in the past and wouldn’t mind reading this book and could use the gift card for supplies for my home

  10. Now that it’s summer I’m looking for some new books to read on my patio!


  11. I would like to win because I need a new book to read this summer, and would like to buy some plants for the yard.

  12. I’ve enjoyed all of the Barbara Delinsky books I’ve read. My house always needs work so I spend a lot of time and money at Home Depot.

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