Story Time: Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews (+ a giveaway)

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews

It’s Story Time on The Roasted Root! Fancy a song to get us in story mode? Yeah ya do! Readyyyyy, okay!

Let’s make a circle, one two three, come on over sit down with me. Let’s make it round and make it fat, let’s make a circle just…like…that!

That song may or may not have been copied and pasted directly from my first grade classroom. How I remember a song from 1st grade but forgot what I ate for breakfast, I will never know. Yes, we’re making a story time circle. Yes, I expect you to behave yourself. Yes, unlike 1st grade, alcohol is permitted…encouraged…bottoms up! Story time! Plus I have a $100 Visa Gift Card and Book Giveaway for you! But first, the story!

I have always been so fortunate to have strong, fun, reliable friends with whom I can spend valuable time with – party hardy, cry, laugh, relax and talk. Throughout college and to this day, my girlfriends and I make a point of getting together to fill each other in on the latest and greatest. I have received and sent countless text messages stating, “I need a girls’ night.”  For this reason, when I heard about Mary Kay Andrews’s newest book, Ladies’ Night, I knew I was in for something I could connect with.

The main character of the story, Grace, is lifestyle blogger (ding ding ding!!) who is going through a rough divorce. She is mandated by the judge assigned to her case to attend a group therapy session, where she meets three ladies (and one man) who all have very different personalities. The group bonds over the legal and emotional process of their divorces and begin spending time with each other at a bar called The Sandbox, which is owned by Grace’s mother.

During these meet-ups at The Sandbox, the ladies (plus the man), who you would never think would become friends because of their varied backgrounds, mirror each other and support one another in the same way my friends and I do: with humor, understanding, laughter…and alcohol’s always a plus.

For me, ladies night is typically an evening in.

We make dinner together…

Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

And dessert

Black Bean Brownies with dark chocolate chips and coconut. Gluten Free!

drink wine…fill each other in on our news…

paint our nails while watching trashy TV, and just relax.

Newspaper Nails

It does sometimes mean getting all dolled up, taking a picture of ourselves next to a mirror, busting some insane in the membrane moves on the dance floor and then face planting into the couch at the end of the night….

Julia and Sandi Pants

But more so the nail painty thing.

When I opened Ladies’ Night, I was hooked after reading less than one page. I was excited to come home from work, pour a glass of rosé, and soak up the novel.  As a blogger myself, I felt drawn to Grace. She’s the kind of woman my friends and I would love to hang with over appetizers and wine…and beer…and brownies.

I enjoyed the fact that Andrews set the stage for what it is like for a blogger like Grace to prepare, photograph, write and edit a blog post. She touches on blog revenue and intellectual property, which are two very important aspects to blogging. In the story, Grace includes recipes in some of her posts and Andrews took the liberty to make some of the Ladies’ Night inspired recipes available for readers to try for their own ladies nights. Food, drinks, friends…a recipe for a perfect evening!

Andrews’ writing style flows effortlessly. Her humor and descriptive visuals made me feel as though I was watching a witty, heart-warming, heart-wrenching, intelligent, action-packed, all around feel-good movie.  Truthfully, I was quite bummed when I finished the book because it was a great source of entertainment. I will definitely be reading Andrews’ previous works because I adore her style of writing.

Giveaway Details!

Along with telling you about this awesome read, I’m giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card and a copy of Ladies’ Night, signed by author! In order to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post answering the question,

What do you love about getting your friends together for ladies night?

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  1. Abby

    We usually go out to dinner (no dishes to clean!!) and I love just laughing and catching up over some good food and drinks! Great giveaway 🙂

  2. Lisa Brown

    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

  3. Kelly D

    I love getting my friends together for ladies’ night because it is a time for us to relax, have a little fun and catch up on each other’s lives. Sometimes you don’t know everything that is going on just by writing on email or talking on the phone.

  4. Mami2jcn

    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

  5. Jamie T

    The thing I love about getting together with my friends for ladies night is the laughter!

  6. Maureen

    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.

  7. One Frugal Girl

    These days we mostly meet up for drinks and dinner, but when we were younger we volunteered at soup kitchens and handed out meals to those in need. I miss those days. We spent time together and helped people in need.

  8. Susan Smith

    We have Girls Night at one of our houses and make it potluck. It’s fun to talk among ourselves without being interupted by children or husbands.

  9. Jessie C.

    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

  10. Erika

    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

  11. Becky

    The best part of Ladies Night, for me, is just having some time to relax, catch up, and talk into the wee hours of the morning.

  12. Sara Floyd

    I have not had one in a long time, but I used to love just being able to hang out with my friends and talk!

  13. Christina Beaulieu

    I love just hanging out with my friends, with our busy schedules, sometimes that is hard to do, we laugh, tell each other what is going on, but mostly laugh! =D

  14. Mary Williams

    We love to get together for Sundaes as Dinner nights. We splurge on great toppings and better wine and watch each other like a hawks for any possible baby news, lol.

  15. Debbie

    It’s fun to get together just to catch up on what is going on in our lives. The good, the bad and the ugly. We can let our hair down and giggle, laugh and just be silly.

  16. Kimberly

    I love the feeling of picking up where we left off the last time we spoke- no matter how much time has passed! (and the goodies we always eat also are a fave!)

  17. Melissa

    Ladies Night for me usually includes dinner out (somewhere decadent- like Macaroni Grill:)) We all catch up on what going on with each of us and lots of laughs.

  18. Jen E

    I’m a stay at home mom, so Ladies Night for me always means getting out of the house. Usually it’s Mexican food and margaritas followed by a movie. Awesome give away…MKA is one of my very favorite authors.

  19. Deidrah Shutt

    The laughter. We have the best time just talking and (of course) eating together. We don’t usually have any special reason to get together just a need for “girl time”.

  20. Jenny Hoy

    We started out playing bunco once a month over 25 years ago as a way to leave our husbands with the babies and not spend a lot of money. As our children (and financial resources) grew, we stopped playing bunco and started going to fun, trendy restaurants once a month. Then, recently, with our children off to college (or better yet, off the family payrolls), we’ve all joined a local spa and plan an evening of drinks, appetizers, and massages where we dish, discuss (read: gossip) and solve the world’s problems. Through it all, we’ve raised our children, built our careers and remained close friends. Who would have imagined this when we all were pledge sisters?

  21. Elizabeth MacGregor

    Love sharing good food, wonderful wine and/or coffee and laughter whilst catching up with each other and watching great films or playing Rook or enjoying a lovely evening sitting on the porch. Looking forward to reading Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. Teresa

    I love that we all take the time to get together and catch up even after all these years.

  23. Eugenie Wu

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

  24. Margaret Smith

    What I love most is getting together with my friends and getting caught up and having some laughs. I also like the break from my kids and hubby for a little while.

  25. Sonya Morris

    It has been awhile since I have been able to get together with the girls because everyone is so busy! Of course, every time we get together we chat constantly trying to catch up! I enjoy the adult conversation after spending all day with the kids.

  26. Christopher Sorel

    My wife get caught up with being a mom and a ladies night brings her back. Love to win this for here

  27. Amy Tong

    I love getting my friends together for ladies’ night. We can get crazy, have fun and forget about our responsibilities, stress and work load for a while, well, at least for an evening. That’s the best therapy any girls can get!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  28. Debra Ford

    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.

  29. Melissa U

    The thing I love about ladies night is that I can drink one too many margaritas and know that my best girls will always be there to laugh (and fall) with me!

  30. Betty C

    My best friends are too far away (and too busy) to have regular ladies nights. When we do find time to get together it’s fun to catch up on everything that has happened in their lives.

  31. Angela Kinder

    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.

  32. Anne K

    We usually get together at someone’s house (it rotates every time). We are all trying to save up to get a house, or start a family, so staying in is a little bit more cost effective! We have dinner and wine and dessert and catch up. I just love getting everyone together. Sometimes it can be hard because we’re all so busy!

  33. Ellie W

    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.

  34. Lisa V.

    I enjoy backpacking with my hiking girlfriends. We all enjoy our time together sleeping outdoors.

  35. Lisa V.

    I like going backpacking with my girl hiking buds and sleeping in the great outdoors…no distractions except for maybe the coyotes and owls.

  36. Stephanie V.

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

  37. sharon shafran

    love meeting different groups of gals every month to chat and catch up and learn things

  38. Jayne Martin

    Once a month we gather at a different friend’s home, fire up the blender and have Margarita Night. Lots of good friends, food, and laughs.

  39. Heather

    I love to go out for fun with the girls at maybe a nightclub or coffee and a crochet session. Either way if fine with me as long as we are having fun 🙂

  40. Karla

    What I love about Ladies’ Night is getting dressed up, drinking some yummy cocktails, and catching up with my wonderful friends.

  41. Carolsue

    I love getting together with my female friends because we can talk (and complain) about our husbands! LOL.

  42. Anastasia

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

  43. Barbara M

    Oh wow it’s a special time for us to all get together – lots of laughs and letting it fly!
    Thank you.

  44. Mihaela D.

    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 🙂

  45. Starr Greenwell

    I love having ladies night with good food and usually a movie, it is so wonderful to share what’s going on with each other and support each other. Good friends are such a gift in life. Thanks for the great give away.:)

  46. Tina

    Lately it’s been more of the face plant in the sofa type nights! No matter what we’re doing we’re together and for the few good real friends I have no matter how long we’ve been apart, when we get together it feels like we saw each other yesterday! Looking forward to more ladies nights and days as we get older:)

  47. s riches

    I like how my friends are so close that we can finish each others sentences when we get together.

  48. Jammie

    I don’t have no friends, but I think I would just love being able to chat with someone.

  49. tina reynolds

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

  50. Stephanie Larison

    I definitely need my girls only nights to keep me sane! Lol, we usually go out to the spa to pamper ourselves.

  51. Lisa Garner

    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

  52. Tracy Allen

    I love the laughter – just being with people who think all the same things are funny

  53. Michelle Tucker

    I like all the great food and drinks that my friends and I share.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  54. Stephanie G

    We usually go out to lunch or dinner or sometimes shopping or a movie anything to get away from the daily routine and talk and laugh for a while.

  55. angie lilly

    I don’t really do ladies nights, but I do do ladies afternoons while hubby is at work! I love just being girly, a rarity for me, as I am not a girly girl! LOL

  56. Shea Balentine

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

  57. Christian Alejandro

    I like it when my girlfriend has them. She has such a busy schedule. She definitely looks forward to them and looks more relaxed after them.

  58. Tabathia B

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

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  59. Amanda Sakovitz

    I love the inside jokes and the non-stop laughter I have with my girlfriends.

  60. crystal smith

    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.

  61. Crystal F

    I like that I get to spend time with my friends. We are all busy with our families so time with friends is a treat. Thank you!

  62. cc april

    I love to get together with my childhood friends once a month for crafting night. We each make a dish and I supply the tea, iced, in the summer months. We usually have a crafting theme and have a blast. This month’s theme is crafts made from book pages! And sometimes I will leave out old photo albums to remember the good old days with them.

  63. Margaret

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

  64. susan smoaks

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

  65. Lisa

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

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