- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: MIRA (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778319679
- ISBN-13: 978-0778319672
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life She Wants: A Novel Paperback – September 27, 2016
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
But this book was missing her usual spark. To me it almost felt like she was venting over some actual happening from her past, like she was too close to the storyline to be objective.
I noticed quite a bit of repetition and it was difficult to feel close to any of the characters. I guess after writing close to 40? books she's entitled to have a weak one once in awhile.
The book is worth reading but unlike other books of Carr's I won't be re-reading it.
In this story we have two young girls who become best of friends in elementary school and travel through the school years almost connected at the hip. They share each others highs and lows and have some things in common that bind them together almost as sisters.
But, then a boy gets in the mix. Emma starts dating Jock in high school and they become quite a thing. But when Emma goes away to college and Jock and Riley stay at home things get complicated. Riley starts spending too much time with Jock and they become a bit to friendly with each other. This leads to Riley becoming pregnant with Jock's child and the fireworks erupt as the two young women hurt each other through words, actions and betrayal.
After sixteen years apart they are drawn back together through a series of tragic events. Emma who has moved away, married a wealthy man and then seen everything crash and burn as it turns out he is "Bernnie Maddov" type of crook. Then he commits suicide and leaves Emma to face the media and angry investors as well as the U.S. Government. She looses everything and in a desperate desire to return to normal she moves back home.
Yes, Emma and Riley are drawn back together, but not because they want to be.
The relationship dynamics that Carr builds in the novel are fun to read and fun to meditate on. Thinking how you might handle the situations.
It's another great Romance novel that will have you turning pages wanting to find out how each of five or six characters lives will turn out.
All of the above is a prelude to the body of the novel: the story of how one moves beyond a shattered life and creates a meaningful existence. Choosing not to hide her identity, Emma reestablishes her life in the small town with the help of a few loyal friends...and it is not easy. Despite the fact that she is college-educated and had a thriving career prior to her marriage, no one is willing to take a risk in hiring her. After a series of false starts in low-wage, menial jobs, she overcomes her pride and asks to work for an estranged childhood friend who owns a successful cleaning service.
I am very familiar with Robyn Carr's writing and have enjoyed her insight into the emotional complexity of relationships and the social fabric of small town life. This stand alone book is a welcome addition characterized by strong, engaging female characters, realistic life challenges and satisfying resolutions. I highly recommend this book and look forward to her next offering.