Once Upon A Book – Charlee Rae's Book Reviews

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The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr


I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I seem to be on a roll lately. The last few books I have won I have greatly enjoyed. I’ve also been on a roll with women’s fiction. It’s not my preferred genre, but the last couple I have read have been really good. This one is no exception. We start off meeting Emma Shay Compton who is living the dream. Married to a millionaire, she has everything she would ever want at her disposal. Unfortunately her husband isn’t who she thought he was. Stealing from his clients, Richard is arrested for his crimes and later commits suicide. Emma is left with nothing….except the suspicion of law enforcement and everyone else around her. No one seems to believe that she didn’t know what her husband was doing so she decides to leave and head back to her childhood town where she at least has a few friends left but also some painful memories to face.

Emma is a very likable and resilient character. She deals with all the upsets in her life the best she can and with as much grace as she can muster. Forced to go back to work, she ends up having becoming a housekeeper and rather than wallow in self-pity, she tries to make the best of her new life. She makes new friends and reconnects with old ones. You really root for things to work out for her. Unfortunately I didn’t quite feel that way about her former best friend Riley. I honestly didn’t like her and had a hard time having any sympathy for her. She seemed to prefer blaming others for all of her problems and whined a lot. Even towards the end, with her epiphany about herself, I couldn’t connect. Aside from that, all the other characters were great and really brought the tale together.

As far as the story itself, it was well written and really drew you in. It was easy to just blow through this book as it was hard to put down and you really got to know the characters and felt invested in their lives. The only complaint I have is that the ending was a little too perfect, but given everything that had happened, a happy ending was deserved.

Total pages: 368, paperback

Available on Amazon at the link below:

The Life She Wants


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This entry was posted on July 25, 2016 by in Books I've read and tagged , .
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