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The Life She Wants: A Novel Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"A layered, well-paced plot and flawed, three-dimensional characters whom readers will care about make this a quick and entertaining read for those who relish contemporary family sagas with strong female characters as well as readers who like their stories tinged with romance." -Library Journal
"A satisfying reinvention story that handles painful issues with a light and uplifting touch." -Kirkus Reviews
"Robyn Carr has done it again... What We Find is complex, inspirational, and well-written. A romance that truly inspires readers as life hits them the hardest."
-San Francisco Review Journal
"Carr's new novel demonstrates that classic women's fiction, illuminating the power of women's friendships, is still alive and well." -Booklist on Four Friends
"A thought-provoking look at women...and the choices they make." -Kirkus Reviews on Four Friends
"The captivating sixth installment of Carr's Thunder Point series (after The Promise) brings up big emotions."
-Publishers Weekly on The Homecoming
"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series
About the Author
Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.
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I thought the story was wonderful. I walked around Christmas day with my Kindle in hand so I could read at every opportunity. I just hated to put the book down. The story is a very typical one, two best friends fall for the same guy. He is handsome, popular, athletic, etc. All the criteria for a first teen love. One friend gets him and the other remains best friends until she goes off to college and her life starts to expand. The two left behind still pal around together and as things usually do, they go too far and now she is pregnant with her best friends boyfriend. It all goes downhill from there. The two best friends part ways with ugly things being said on both sides. The boyfriend? Well, he goes on his merry way being an immature jackass. In his defense, he had a lot of good points, he just didn't know how to respond or behave. He was young, immature, no job to speak of, he really had nothing to offer the way he saw things.
Now 15 years later they are all adults. Life has not been bad for them, well it has for one of the women, but they are older, wiser, and trying to find where their lives are headed and how they are going to face their future. The story was so good, I loved it. There are a lot of characters involved, even Beatrice has a part!! I LOVED the Mom. Her daughter tries to tell her what to do and the mother puts her in her place real quick with no backtalk expected!! LOVED the way she handled that. Loved Adam. What a guy, everyone should be so lucky. I even liked the two gay friends. Everyone should have a gay friend. Even the teen, Maddie, shows a lot of maturity and fun in her character. It has a terrific ending. I did feel bad for Logan. I waned him to get a girl too!! He was just doing his job, one could see why he would be suspicious. I can remember when the Bernie Madoff thing hit the news I did not have a lot of sympathy for the wife. I figured she had to know!! Maybe she did, maybe not. this story gives you the opportunity to see an event from all sides and see how so many are effected by the actions of one! A bullet was too good for him!
Great read and I definitely recommend it. Of course, I have to admit I LOVE every book I have read by Ms. Carr and I have read a lot. This one was no exception. Great story, great characters, great ending! I loved it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is just my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
Emma cooperated with the authorities, maintaining her ignorance of her husband’s actions, but the agents did not quite believe her. In the end, she refused any kind of settlement from the government once they had concluded their investigation. Then when Richard killed himself in their apartment, just before he was due for imprisonment, Emma knew that it would never be over.
Left with nothing but the few thousand dollars she brought into the marriage, Emma headed back to Sonoma County, where she grew up, and where her best friend Lyle and his partner Ethan ran a floral shop.
But going home also will resurrect old pain. The losses of her teenage years, like her father’s death; the loss of her best friend Riley, who hooked up with her boyfriend Jock, while she was away at college; and the final piece of sadness: Riley had gotten pregnant with Jock, too. Now, years later, she has a teenage daughter, Maddie.
The Life She Wants pulled me in from the very beginning, and I loved the characters, several of whom alternately narrated the story. Will Riley and Emma patch up their friendship? What will happen with Adam, Riley’s brother, who has carried the torch for Emma all these years? And will Emma find a home at last?
I loved watching the characters and rooted for them to find their way to healing. A feel-good story that brought tears of joy in the end.