A poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations, and how love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.
From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy–a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.
Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit–a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.
But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Ms Carr gives us a middle-age divorce story for the ages. It has a bit of everything, greed, murderous rage, child division, friendship siding, and sweet romance—All the elements that make up a good television drama. I think this story could do very well on television. But, back to the story, I loved the Alameda Island setting from the start. She creates a quaint little community of up and coming folks that give Lauren a space to breathe and let down her guard. From having gone through a divorce myself it is very good to have that. She never could have stayed where she came from for the simple fact she wasn’t a rich aristocrat and needed a support system. His friends weren’t going to give her that.
This story takes you on an adventure of what it might be like in those homes we drive by thinking, they must have a marvelous life and it is not pretty from the abuse to the constant feeling of imperfection. Her escape seems good until he decides there is no way he’s going to divorce her and then it gets bad. I love how Ms Carr gave us a look into why people could become so desperate in divorce situations to go to such extremes as to want your spouse dead.
Beau on the other hand has a crazy spouse who thinks her marriage is a revolving door and that her married life will be there whenever she gets back. Well, guess what honey, it eventually decides to change the locks and you are left in the cold. His spouse learns the rules the hard way and also makes a big fool of herself in the middle of the divorce as well. So we get to see two spouses melt down in spectacular ways while the other two find love and peace in each others arms.
There were a few issues with the story that makes it a 3.5 of 5 for me. First, this story was great from the start, but was a little slow in the middle. It was hard to stay engaged through the middle, but I really did want to know how Karma would affect her soon to be ex-husband so I kept reading. Second, I really could have done without the priest’s romance in it. I think it was an unnecessary element that didn’t add to Lauren and Beau’s story at all and would have been better left to another book. This book is great if you are looking for a crazy divorce situation or for middle-age romance.
3.5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr is a RITA Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan’s Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada.