Friday, October 14, 2016

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

◊ Paperback: 352 pages
◊ Genre: Women’s Fiction, Friendship
◊ Publisher: MIRA (September 27, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0778319679
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0778319672


          #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr brings together a poignant novel with a rich tapestry of characters. A moving story that will leave the reader laughing and crying, as two friends confront their pasts and move towards their futures.

In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients’ life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband’s crimes. She is left with nothing.
Only one friend stands by her, a friend she’s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn’t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.
Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can’t escape her husband’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help—her former best friend. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

Author Robyn Carr has a unique way of taking headline material from recent events and turning it into a fascinating novel of friendship and new beginnings.

The contrast of settings between lavish New York City and the small town atmosphere of Sonoma County come alive through the author’s vivid descriptions. The author explores the differences in life styles adding depth to the story.

The characters are well-developed and engaging. The author gives the protagonist a drive and determination despite her shattered surroundings and sense of loneliness. The author further explores bonds between best friends, what breaks it and how, if ever, it can be slowly mended.

The story moves at a good pace and holds your attention from beginning to end. The author weaves through the characters’ lives making the reader feel a part of the events that can easily be related to. THE LIFE SHE WANTS is an enjoyable read that may just cause you to stop and ponder what would you do in that predicament. This well-blended story will have you wondering who really knows what is going on with the one they love.

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
, MIRA, @2016, ISBN: 978-0778319672, Paperback, 352 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books that seem to relate to today’s headlines? Have you read a headline lately that you’d like to see turned into a book? Doesn't that cover just speak of starting over?


  1. Starting over is never easy. And Emma has some huge hurdles in her way.

  2. Thank you for this review. I've had this book on my wishlist for a while, but kept hesitating since the topic is so different from Robyn Carr's usual books (which I love.) Now I'm definitely going ot read it!

  3. She really has some pieces to pick up.

  4. Sounds as though this one has a lot off interesting layers, Mason. I always think it adds to a book when you have those past relationships that impact today. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great review.. I wish I didnt have such a huge stacks of books to read, or I would check this out! -

  6. Great review.. I wish I didnt have such a huge stacks of books to read, or I would check this out! -

  7. I love the premise. I wish I could reconnect with my best friend from high school, but I've had no luck in tracking her. Great review!

  8. Sounds wonderful. I love the cover. I think you did the novel justice with your review, Pamela. I'm certainly wanting more.

  9. I knew someone whose financial advisor ran off with her money, then committed suicide once he was caught. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the widow of someone who did something like that. You're dealing with the loss of your spouse, as well as the fact that few people sympathize with you despite the fact that it's STILL a loss.

  10. It's always interesting to read a fictionalized account of what actually happened. Sounds like a very good story. Thanks.


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