Everyone She Loved: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 16, 2010
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“A great novel, with friendship and forgiveness at its heart.”
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About the Author
- ASIN : B004E3XE98
- Publisher : Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (March 16, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.18 x 5.56 x 1.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,981,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone She Loved takes place following Penelope's death. Her closest friend Lucy, who is single, takes on primary responsibility for raising Penelope's two girls. Her husband continues as administrator of Penelope's Cameron Foundation, where two other friends, Martha and Susanna, are the in-house attorney and accountant respectively. Her half-sister, Clover, joins them as they cooperate in taking care of Penelope's girls, each other, - and her husband, Joey.
Then a pair of distant English relatives sue to take over the foundation on the basis that Joey is not competent to do so.
Each of the women harbors at least one secret that they keep from the others, while all of them try to protect Penelope's girls by keeping secrets from them. Each one is afraid that disclosing what she keeps secret will further upset Penelope's grieving daughters (or husband). Similarly, they work to prevent the English cousins from finding out anything that might strengthen their case that Joey is inadequate as the Foundation's administrator - or even as father to his children. As you might expect, all of these efforts backfire.
Everyone She Loved is well-written and engaging. The story flows smoothly, even while the reader may well be mentally castigating the characters for their secrecy - which allows the others to always think the worst.
Penelope is the product of her father's inability to cope with the loss of her mother when she was only six. He marries a gold digger who gives him another child but takes his dignity and small daughter's trust in two short years. As an adult woman, Penelope still feels any man who is grieving cannot make good decisions so she convinces her husband to agree to an addendum to her will that states he has to have the approval of her sister and three best friends if he chooses to marry after her death. This is all done to protect their two daughters, but does come off as if Penelope feels the need to control every aspect of her life and the lives of those around her.
There is a great deal of background details given on all the characters which at times makes the story bog down. Some of the characters and their jobs are more amusing and interesting than others and time spent on the more dull ones seems wasted.
This was a very light read, a few laugh out loud moments, but on the whole seemed lacking in excitement. The plus side was the development of the friendships among the four women in the story, true to life with a lot of tenderness and caring.