Story Plant paperback 

ISBN: 978-1-61188-228-5

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-943486-88-5

Publication date: May 3, 2016

342 pages

“By page three, I was hooked. If I could have, I would have read it in one sitting.”

– When I Grow Up


Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls' weekend away, they can't bring themselves to return to lives that don't seem to fit anymore.

Harried Dani can't explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.

Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.

Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.

All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they'd be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they're headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining.

Girls' Weekend is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers.

“Had I known I’d still be sitting in my favorite chair at 2am, racing to the finish, I probably would have put on my pajamas before I started. (Sometime before lunch…) Yeppers, it was that good. It was compelling, touching, and a bit soul-searching. Oh, and it was fun, too.”
– Momma on the Rocks


Girls' Weekend 

Cara Sue Achterberg

“Mom lit at its finest!”

– Mommy’s New Groove

“Very real and completely engrossing.”
– Emma b Books


“I really loved this story.”
– Country Girl Bookaholic


Girls' Weekend is beautifully written. It feels as though you are right there with Dani, Charlotte, and Meg. It's a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to any woman who has ever been struck with a case of the ‘what ifs.’”
– Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Happiness


“Surprised me in so many good ways.”
– Lost in a Bookstore

“This book is a delight!”
– Bohemimom42


“A beautiful book that has fabulous characters, lots of wine, and will have you wanting more.”
– Whispering Stories


“A very entertaining, intriguing story of female friendships, and determining who we are and what we want from life.”
– Book Babble

“This is a wonderful book club book. You will want friends to discuss this with and talk about how you would have handled the situations that arise.”
– Laura’s Interests

“The book made me think (and highlight many passages). It's a fun read, but also goes deeper, too. Really enjoyed it.”

We Imagine She Must Lead a Rather Dull Life

Girls’ Weekend is a fun and light read, perfect for moms who feel a little stuck. It’s inspiring and really gets you thinking about, appreciating, and loving life…. I’m super happy to have found a new author to read.”

– Chaos and Cheer

Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites.