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Mrs. Perfect Paperback – May 5, 2008
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Just in time for summer, Porter (Flirting with Forty; Odd Mom Out) delivers another fine batch of mommy lit. Taylor Young has convinced the other suburban mothers of Bellevue, Wash., that she's the quintessential supermom who manages to stay impeccably coiffed while tending to her dapper husband, three amazing wee ones and picture-perfect home. But she has never shaken off her own insecurities, which include a psychic hangover from her troubled upbringing and an ongoing battle with bulimia. When hubby Nathan drops a bombshell on her, Taylor is forced to confront her fears and the reality of how her life will change, not necessarily for the better. While Taylor would be easy to loathe, her frailties and insecurities go a long way to turning her into an endearing lead, making this less dopey and more poignant than the standard mommy lit fare. (May)
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Real life hits trophy wife right in the Botox, in Porter's empowering page-turner * Leslie Carroll * Jane Porter understands women. This is the kind of book you'll want to share with your best friend * Melanie Lynne Hauser *
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One day she finds out that her husband is living a lie and her whole world is turned upside down. Her days of travel and wearing designer clothing are threatened and so is her marriage. Her husband accepts a job in Nebraska and Taylor, who is living a fantasy life, refuses to follow her husband there. Her marriage is in the toilet as well as her lifestyle. Friends who were friends suddenly are not such good friends.
This is a another Jane Porter winner.
I think this book should be required reading for every girl...not because we should or should not work or stay at home with kids, and not because I'm a feminist or an anti-feminist, but because we should never get to a point where our lives are in someone else's hands. We should never stop taking responsibility. And we should always, always have a fallback plan.
I loved this book so much that I bought several copies to give as gifts. I highly recommend it and will be searching out the author's other books.
Taylor Young makes being a stay at home mom look like an Olympic event. She has perfected every task she has come up against, whether it be running the yearly PTA auction or figuring out the perfect anti-aging regimen; she has it covered.
This book starts a year after the last one ended and small cracks in Taylor's perfect life are starting to show. The big event, however, that really gets the storyline running is when she finds out that her husband has been lying to her. For the past seven months he has been jobless and searching. The trouble is, he has also been keeping from her that they are in massive amounts of debt. The good news is he has found a job; the catch is that it is in Omaha!
So, off he go's to acclimate to his no job and she is left with her head spinning. Not only does she have to prepare the house she and her husband built together to be sold, but she also has to figure out a way, all on her own, to get them out of debt without having to declare bankruptcy.
Mrs. Perfect was a great read! I enjoy how Jane can make a story more realistic and less fairy tale, but still make it that it is immensely enjoyable. It is heartwarming without being preachy and definitely shows that with hard work and some great friends to bring you through, life is not so impossible after all.
This is a great story of wanting the fairy tale life, getting the fairy tale life and watching in diminish before your eyes. It also renews your faith in friends and makes you realize that what you see on the outside isn't always what's going on in the inside.
I would recommend this (but read Odd Mom Out first or you won't get the friction between Marta and Taylor.)