A book that explores the 'what if's' of three women's lives. You need to suspend all belief in order to get into this slightly preposterous novel, butA book that explores the 'what if's' of three women's lives. You need to suspend all belief in order to get into this slightly preposterous novel, but it is all in good fun and makes for a very fast enjoyable read....more
This book is the sequel to Buchan’s Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman, which I read last year.
Reviewing sequels is tricking business, since many thingsThis book is the sequel to Buchan’s Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman, which I read last year.
Reviewing sequels is tricking business, since many things that occur in the first book are mentioned and taken for granted. Therefore, if you did not read book one; be very wary of continuing with the review below, as it will be full of spoilers.[
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.This book picks up a few years after the end of the first book.
Minty is now firmly ensconced in Rose’s home, married to Rose’s ex-husband and completely miserable. This is the book in a nutshell. It is hard to empathize with Minty at all. In book one she set out to win Nathan away from Rose, and now that she has all she ever wanted all she does is whine. And to make it all just a little more difficult a pill to swallow, Rose is doing fabulously well. With most of Nathan’s friends disliking her, Nathan’s family disliking her and few friends to rely on Minty is in for a huge comeuppance when she is blindsided by events that turn her life completely upside down.
This was an ultimately difficult book to like, mainly because the main character was so unlikable. Giving her a few redeeming qualities may have made it a little better, but in the end if you don’t like the protagonist of the whole story, it’s difficult to care about the story’s outcome...more
This is a slight book that deliberately tugs on the heart strings- so I did tear up but I hated myself in the morning. I don’t like to feel manipulateThis is a slight book that deliberately tugs on the heart strings- so I did tear up but I hated myself in the morning. I don’t like to feel manipulated, and that is what this book does, it’s also sweet in a kind of cloying way.
Geneva Jordan is a Broadway star, she’s won Tony’s and people applaud when she walks in a room. She’s just been replaced in her current show by a younger star and her recent boyfriend has left her for a younger woman. When her fraternal twin sister Ann calls and begs her to come back to their hometown and care for her nephew while Ann and her husband take a much needed vacation Geneva is filled with doubt, her nephew Rich has Down’s Syndrome and Geneva is not sure she can care for him; eventually she reluctantly agrees and heads home to play her biggest role to date.
Once Geneva arrives in Deep Lake, Michigan she seems to take to caring for Rich with just some minor snags. She befriends the mother of Rich’s best friend Conrad, a boy with cerebral palsy. She also has a fling with the local mailman (mmmm really??). After spending a month in Michigan she returns to New York where her life takes some interesting turns and Geneva is back to living the high life until a sudden tragedy brings her back home again.
So this is a sweet little book, but too predictable and a little on the light side. It’s like eating cotton candy - you enjoy it while it’s going down, but ten minutes later you’re looking for something else to fill you up. ...more
This is another of the boss from hell books, a la The Devil Wears Prada, but not nearly as well done as that book.
Claire Truman has taken a job at GrThis is another of the boss from hell books, a la The Devil Wears Prada, but not nearly as well done as that book.
Claire Truman has taken a job at Grant books working for foul mouthed, tyrannical, possibly certifiably insane Vivian Grant (the author worked for the famously ill tempered Judith Regan). Although she takes the job knowing all the rumors about Grant, Claire is nevertheless stunned to find out they are all true. She has however decided to stick out the job for one year, in order to learn as much as she can and beef up her resume. In the course of that year she also re-connects with her old college crush, and becomes enmeshed in a whirlwind romance with him, while also harboring an unrequited love for the author whose book she is editing.
Claire as portrayed in this book is a wimp who seems to let everyone run her life: her boss, her boyfriend, his mother. She never stands up for herself, and frankly I got weary of her long before the end of the book. You can probably guess the outcome from the bare facts I have laid out, and the book was predictable and none of the secondary characters came to life for me. The foul language was also a bit over done with the F word dropped what felt like every other paragraph. I would rather read a book with a stronger female character that was not as offensive as the very strong but loathsome Vivian Grant....more
Harriet Mahoney is an aspiring writer with a boyfriend of 12 years and is a member of a writing group where she feels like an outsider. Forty one and Harriet Mahoney is an aspiring writer with a boyfriend of 12 years and is a member of a writing group where she feels like an outsider. Forty one and lacking self esteem Harriet’s life is in a rut. Harriet soon finds her boyfriend has met someone else and wants to get married ASAP, so Harriet needs to find a place to live and fast. Responding to an ad in New York review of books she takes a job as a ghost writer for Isabel Krug and moves to Cape Cod.
Isabel Krug is quite a character. She was in bed with her lover when his wife came in and shot him to death. Nan VanVleet is found not guilty by reason of insanity and goes to a psychiatric hospital instead of jail. Isabel moves on with her life and moves to a mansion in Cape Cod to escape her notoriety. She has now decided she wants to tell her side of the story and that is where Harriet comes in. Isabel seems to love drama and mystery and lives in her avant garde home with her handy man and a mysterious man named Costas.
As Harriet begins to gather the notes and tapes Isabel has furnished about the night of the tragedy the more she learns about Isabel and the closer friends they become. It is apparent that these two women need each other’s friendship. Together they become better people with the help of each others insights.
Lipman is the master of witty conversation and writes truly believable characters that you really care about, flaws and all. Isabel could have been a caricature but comes across as a believable person and Harriet’s growth and learning what her true passion is was very convincing. The twist in the story towards the end was inventive and realistic. This was a charming book that made me smile, and even though you know some of what will happen almost from the start it is still fun getting to the final page....more