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In Things Are Going to Slide, Marilee Carson Cooper, daughter of a prominent southern family, teaches law and runs a law school legal aid clinic in the small Alabama town her family has inhabited for generations. But then things slip out of her control. She is pregnant with her second child when her husband leaves her for another man. She loses a coveted job--to her first ...more
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Published September 2012 by BEVEDITIONS
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Kate’s Book Spot
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a little confused about what was going on to begin with but I soon caught up and became particularly interested when Marilee’s ex boyfriend was given the chair in the law clinic she worked at, this was a position that she thought would be given to her. Her history with Dwight (the ex boyfriend in question) was rocky and she was also heavily pregnant with her now gay husband’s child – talk about complicated! Marilee was a likeable character who I quickly warmed to and actually felt quite so ...more
Donna Trinder
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, firstly I have to say - I really enjoyed this book! It had me fascinated from the first few pages for as much as I love chick-lit (I mean really love it!) this had a little more substance.

It is the story of a hard working and exhausted single mother, Marilee, who is eight-and-a-half months pregnant with her second child, conceived as her marriage ended with her husband leaving her for another man (this all happens before we pick up Marilee's tale so that's not a spoiler!). She is a profess
Ona Porchswing
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
If one were to read only the short synopsis, Things Are Going To Slide, might sound like just another contemporary piece of women's fiction. But a reader needn't scratch the surface much in order to discover it is more than that.

This smartly written story by Rangeley Wallace, defies the genre descriptions typically used to tout commercial fiction. Though both a legal drama and contemporary romance, the author, an attorney herself, offers this work as an occasion to educate, as much as to enterta
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Marilee Cooper’s life is falling apart. She is eight and a half months pregnant with her second child, but her husband has left her for another man. She has been promised the position of Chair in the Law Clinic at the School in which she works, but is overlooked for the man who broke her heart ten years ago. And her students’ clients are throwing up some difficult cases, including a woman who refuses to name the father of her child, and a young girl who is accused of murdering her own baby. On t ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
From page one I instantly empathised with Marilee - I found her character to be warm, compassionate but strong. Pregnant, recovering from a break up and fighting for her job the odds are against her, coupled with the office politics and then when her college sweetheart turns up and takes her promised job this makes for an explosive plot which I felt did deliver.

This is a legal drama and a romance novel and I found it quite fast paced, there's always something going on and I read it really quickl
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pregnant Marilee, a law professor, find herself at a crossroad in her personal and professional life. Her husband leaves her for a man and her high school boyfriend is coming back to town and what makes matters even worse, “steals” her promised law chair. In addition, she faces humongous pressure to finish a law report in order to keep her job. Are things going to slide?

For me, it was really easy to empathise with the main character, Marilee, from the beginning of the book onwards. I felt so sor
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love a good romance novel, and as I began to read Things Are Going to Slide, I settled in for a few hours of the usual guilty pleasure. But the book quickly revealed itself to be much more.

Rangeley Wallace has set this love story in the drama and chaos of a law school clinic, allowing us to get to know her protagonist, Marilee, not just through the usual romance novel casts of eccentric characters, but through the students and clients whom she works with. We see Marilee's encounters with her s
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review

Marilee is pregnant with her second child, her husband left her for another man, she lost her dream job to her first love and has to find a way to publish or perish. This was a well written realistic book that deals with real life problems. The second chance romance was complicated and interesting, Marilee was a single working mother and I think the author did a great job showing how hard it is to juggle a job and being a mo
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, legalish
I loved the storyline of Things Are Going to Slide as I had never read an entire book with a pregnant woman as the main character, especially not one fighting for her livelihood and reeling from a recent marital break-up.

It took me a while to get into this and really get involved with the characters, though, so pacing could have been improved. Whereas the first half of the book suffered from a lack of action, the plot finally speeded up and became interesting well past the midpoint -- only to h
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Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I think with this book it helps if you understand anything about American law and the bar/system ... I was confused as to what a legal clinic ever i would like to see some over here if it is what i think it is, which is basically a place you can get law advice/help for free.
On the whole i enjoyed the book and would defiantly look out for Rangeley Wallace again. But i do think the language is a barrier, which sounds stupid as we all speak English. One thing i loved about this book is a
Lincoln Roberts
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hey okay so I don't read that often I play drums in a rock band but my cousin INSISTED that I read this book and I got to say I am so happy she enlightened me. It really is more than a "goodread" its more like a must-read. I learned a lot of cool stuff also and besides that I was taken on a literally emotional roller coaster that was the so real life plot of this book. I was kind of hesitant to show it to my friends from college but I spread it around a wide group of people and pretty much every ...more
Ken Ayers
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book was a page turner, could not put down. Her earlier book, No Defense (St Martins Press) was also excellent, but this one grabbed me three chapters in and I was hooked. The interplay of the personal problems of the pregnant law instructor at a mythical law school in Alabama and the stories of the helpless clients at the disability rights law clinic she administered provide a fascinating story that is compelling and instructive. Can't wait for the next book. ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this book - funny, charming and satisfying. The book had my attention from the first chapter until the end and I flew through it quickly. I liked that it took place over a short period of time - it allows you to get sucked into Marilee's drama almost in real-time. Recommend if you like light reading that combines good dramatic twists, a love triangle and glimpses of everyday family life. ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A compelling story with interesting, believable and engaging characters -- particularly the main character, Marilee. The law school clinic setting with an ever changing mix of interesting cases to engage the students and faculty make this easy to envision as a continuing series or perhaps as a cable series. This book was easy to read and hard to put down. I highly recommend it.
Kristin Drews
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book! It generated a lot of great discussion. Looking forward to reading more from this author :)
Rachel Guerin
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Pretty much the definition of a guilty pleasure read. Romance + courtroom drama = I should have gone to sleep hours ago.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved how different it was from any other "chick lit" book. Read my full review here: ...more
May 20, 2013 added it
I loved this book. It is informative, amusing and touching all at the same time. It is very well written and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Way to go Rangeley Wallace you are on your way.....
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Things are going to slide
Author: Rangeley Wallace
Publisher: Bev Editions
Publication Date: September 2012

In Things are going to slide, Marilee Carson Cooper, daughter of a prominent southern family, teaches law and runs a law school legal aid clinic in the small Alabama town her family has inhabited for generations. But then things slip out of control. She is pregnant with her second child when her husband leaves her for another man. She loses a coveted job -- to her first love --that woul
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This book was different from most things I had read before. I enjoyed the twists and turns the book took, most of which kept you guessing throughout. Even though there wasn't as much action (I'm not saying there wasn't drama because there was a lot) as I normally like in a book, it did keep me hooked and I found myself staying up as I had lost track of time. I could also sympathise with Marilee's, (the leading female character) emoti
Hannah M.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things Are Going to Slide is about Marilee Cooper, a professor, attorney, and mother whose life gets flipped upside down unexpectedly. First, her husband leaves her, then she finds out she’s pregnant with a second child, and the trifecta hits when that coveted position with the law school she teaches for is awarded to someone else. Add on top of that a gut-wrenching case taken on by her legal clinic and you’ve got yourself an interesting read – too say the least.

I honestly don’t have a bad thing
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I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. After college in Atlanta, I moved to D.C. for law school. I never left D.C., much to my surprise, and, in between raising four children and writing books, I have practiced public interest law and corporate law, I have prosecuted anti-trust and criminal cases, and I have represented several white collar criminal defendants facing politically motivated charges in fe ...more

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