by Jenny Gardiner

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Sleeping with Ward Cleaver is the funny yet poignant story of a woman at a crossroads in life, who years earlier married a man who swept her off her feet, but now finds that her Mr. Right has evolved into Mr. Always Right, and the only sweeping going on in her life involves a broom and a dustpan. As her dreams collide with reality and the one that got away shows up trying to worm his way back into her heart, she must decide if her once charmed marriage is salvageable, and if so, how she's going to go about saving it.

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BN ID: 2940012767912
Publisher: Jenny Gardiner books
Publication date: 07/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 874,501
File size: 409 KB

About the Author

Hi! I'm the author of the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010), novels SLIM TO NONE, OVER THE FALLS. and a few upcoming Kindle releases. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's upcoming anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP.
I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (claim to fame: being hired to shoot Prince Charles--with a camera, silly!). I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a gregarious parrot. In my free time I study Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel very guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house. Visit me at my website,; my blog, ; my facebook fan page , or twitter

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Sleeping with Ward Cleaver 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This debut women's fiction novel by Jenny Gardiner is a hoot and a half! A snappy voice 'present tense', sizzling sex 'past tense' - I'm sure Ward and June would be totally confused. But no doubt about it, Ms. Gardiner does a superb job at sucking the reader into Claire Doolittle's dilemma - five kids, a dull husband, and a life that's going down the tubes 'TV, anyone?'. Guaranteed any woman who's married, over thirty, and has at least one child can relate on some level to this book, whether they're willing to admit it or not. SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER is a wild romp of a read, as Claire Doolittle takes control of her life, love, and libido. Bravo, Ms. Gardiner! I look forward to the 'next episode' 'i.e., your next book'!
ShirleeSB More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, would highly recommend!!
Rebeca Wallingford More than 1 year ago
Was a good book. It felt like the climax point of the book could have been a little bit more intense. Was a bit long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never judge a book by its cover: you might expect this to a light, fluffy romance by its cover. But trust me, turn the pages and you'll keep turning. The first chapter bogs down a bit but then it gets going and you won't be able to put it down. Gardiner says what probably 90% of women out there think but don't dare acknowledge, and if you've ever been in a relationship with a man, you will totally be there with Claire on her journey of self-discovery while she figures out how to fix her stale marriage. It's so freaking funny but it's also going to make you cry along the way.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: I'd been eyeing this book for a while. The title just caught my eye and pulled me in. So when Jenny and I started talking about her guesting on the blog she offered me the chance to review the book. I jumped at the chance... and I'm glad I did. (But totally wishing I wrote this review right after reading and not a month later.) The book starts off a little slow, but just when you don't think Claire's life can get any more tangled... it does and the pace picks up. I'll admit in the beginning of the book I started to have doubts about where it was going. I worried when the old boyfriend entered the scene and more than once wanted to smack Claire for being a little whiny. But those feelings were shoved to the side as I laughed over Claire's antics and cried as she reminisced about the early days of her marriage and the deterioration of the relationship. I enjoyed going on the roller coaster ride of emotions and always find it a good thing that I care what happens to the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that any wife can identify with. Simply put, it's about surviving the mid-marriage doldrums. The characters are bright and colorful. The writing is smooth, sassy and fun. I laughed outloud several times while reading it. I look forward to more from this talented author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's 'Sex in the City,' ten years and four kids later. Full of sass and witty retorts, a little intrigue, good (and bad) sex, and a happy ending! What more could a girl ask for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will say the positive first.Claire does have a way with words and she will make you laugh.Here we go with the negative.I want to say this without giving anything away.When(THE TALK)came about,after that l found it unreallalistic how after 15years of a screwed up relationship,how fast a turn about came.So if you like drawn out,but entertaining and a fairy tale ending story,then this one is for you!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenny Gardiner's American Title winner hits you in the gut with a reality check on what happens after the 'happily ever after'. The lines zing with true-to-life comments between a desperate housewife and the man she's married to, who is sooo not the man she fell in love with. I ached watching how far Jack and Claire had come from the young lovers of old and the unhappy people we see at the beginning of the story. How far they've come only makes the ending that much sweeter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Claire Doolittle is now married to Ward Cleaver. No, not the exact same father of sitcom fame, but her husband Jack could be a dead ringer for him. There was once a fun, witty man, but a Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation has taken place, and it doesn't seem like the transformation can reverse itself. One day, though, Claire receives an email from an old boyfriend, and begins to wonder how her life has ended up the way it has, and what she can do to fix it. This book is hilarious! Gardiner is a wonderful, fresh new author on the scene, and definitely has a bright future as a chicklit novelist. Boasting a blurb from mega-writer Meg Cabot on the cover, it's no surprise that this book is a great piece of fiction. Filled with vivid details 'usually containing an interesting way of describing something', believable and relatable characters, and some good insight into marriages, this is one book that will be flying off the shelves!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a laugh-out-loud, knock-you-on-the-funny-bone read, Jenny Gardiner's debut is a must-have. Twenty-some years post-Happily-Ever-After, Jenny captures reality in a way anyone whose been there can relate to. And those who haven't yet, can plan NOT to. Poignant characters and a situation that could be all too familiar, Jenny's brought Romance home. I found myself laughing at Claire, yet feeling her pain Jenny's characters are drawn three dimensionally and her voice shines through. Brava!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully witty book! And a definite must read if you are married and have children! Jenny Gardiner has delivered a fantastic debut novel! I wouldn't be surprised if this one hits the NYT Bestseller List!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Claire Doolittle wonders what happened to her life. She and her architect spouse Jack are raising five kids, but in the last few years he has become a drill sergeant instead of a loving partner starting with his honey-do list. She looks back fondly at spontaneous sex anywhere, but now allows him access to her once a week as his bossy Ward Cleaver no longer appeals to Lumpy Claire even if she still loves the martinet.------------------ Claire receives an email from her former boyfriend Todd and she fondly remembers having fun with him before he broke her heart. She replies and they begin exchanging emails. Jack needs to go to Miami on a business trip, he plans to take his beautiful office associate Julia with him. Her in-laws offer to watch the five kids so Claire can join Jack in Florida, but he rejects her coming with him. Upset, Claire follows Jack to Miami to see if he is cheating with Julia after seeing them together at an office gala in which her spouse acted like her old Jack, but not for her.----------- This is an engaging look at a middle age marriage as the two lead characters have become cemented in their ways and spontaneity no longer exists to unite them in fun. Interestingly marriage did not burn the lifestyle of either Claire or Jack though some comprise and change led to an overall consensus kids nuked their lifestyles. Claire is fabulous as she wants more than being Mrs. Cleaver mother to five, but her Jack expects her to meet his list of demands, keep the kids in line, and take care of his needs he no longer seems to care about hers. SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER is a deep look at marriage as the relationship goes into the phase of raising children.------------- Harriet Klausner