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The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Housewife

(Strawberry Lake Estates #1)

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Lotty Brooks’ days consist of avoiding thoughts of her failing marriage, changing diapers, and trying not to eat chocolate brioche for breakfast and lunch. However, everything changes when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target.

Jason Brooks wants to know what happened to the woman he married. Lotty’s a mere she
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Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published May 1st 2018
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Julie Carpenter
4.5*

Can I tell you that Lotty had me laughing during the beginning chapters of this book. Ok, I was a little sad as well. There's a whole gamut of emotions running through her mind that takes the reader on a little journey of their own emotions. But, the little humorous quips were great to relieve the more sticky, sadder emotions.

I think many mommas can relate to Lotty. She's a young mother of two kiddos and life hasn't quite turned out like she thought it would. She's trying to figure it all ou
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Katie W
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a mom isn't as glamorous as you might expect, especially when you're struggling with your marriage and life in general. The first part of this story focuses on Lotty and her obvious depression and it can be a bit of a downer, but it also really helped me to connect with her. I think it's safe to say that most moms feel pretty blah towards life at some point and we all just want to be loved and appreciated.

Everyone has friends and neighbors we can count on; we all have insecurities and stru
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Emmy
Lotty's life is falling apart and now their once quiet neighborhood has become overrun with crime, much of which points right back to Lotty. The book takes you for a ride with great twists and turns as Lotty tries to prove her innocence and decide if her marriage is worth saving.
I got sucked into the book very quickly and immediately found myself pulling for Lotty and her husband, wanting things to work out. The book continued at a fast pace and surprised me with twists I did not expect or pr
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I thought I was going to enjoy this book but I underestimated just how much. I love being pleasantly surprised! I think what I loved most about this book was the perfect balance of the harder, sadder things and the humor. I smiled a lot. There were many emotions in this book all of which I felt. I love that.

I love getting the duel perspectives from Lotty and Jason. It really helped me to understand them both better and not pick sides. 😊 Lotty is a fun representation of young motherhood and the
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Megan
This was an okay story. After learning why Lotty was targeted I thought it was a little silly (view spoiler). But besides that, I liked the story. Lotty and her husband could've avoided a lot of heartache if they had just communicated with each other, but that's something that happens a lot. (view spoiler) ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This book kept me on the edge of my seat! I did not want to put it down and snuck in a few pages while at work (shhh don't tell my boss!)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this mystery/suspense novel has everything you could want - intrigue, a mystery to solve, romance, and even a scheming mother.

Lotty and Jason are like any other couple and have their ups and downs. For most of the book, it is more of a down period due to some misunderstandings. As I read along I wondered why they didn't j
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Cathy
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Make sure that you don’t do what I did with these books! I read the second one, The Enemy Next Door and Other Misunderstandings first. Oops, that made things in that book a bit confusing and it kind of told me the ending of this one too.

I really liked the characters in this one. Most of it is told from the perspective of Lotty. She’s a wife to Jason, mother of tow adorable boys. But Lotty isn’t happy. She thinks that Jason doesn’t love her because of something that happened. This thought makes h
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Ashley D
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was real to me. In the beginning, Lotty was really hard on herself and that seems to be the norm for mothers now. Everything they do is never enough. I could also relate to how miscommunication or lack of communication can cause serious marital problems. It made me so sad that they both wanted to have things back to the way they were but neither one was willing to bend because of pride and because of what they thought the other one
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This was totally unexpected, but in an interesting way. Review to come.
Christi
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviewed
The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Housewife is the messy, crazy life of Lotty Brooks. Lotty is the mom of two beautiful little boys that are very close in age and is trying to keep her sanity while also trying to mend fences with her distant husband. There has been a rift for months and neither Lottie nor her husband Jason know what to do to fix the marriage and both wonder if they're headed for divorce.

To add to Lottie's stress is where she lives: a picturesque lakeside neighborhood where every
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Marci
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

When I started this book I had very low expectations because it was an author I was not familiar with and it has the phrase "mediocre housewife" in it. At the beginning I was tempted to put the book down, it was sad to hear about a mediocre marriage and the unhappiness Lotty was feeling. Then the mystery started. And oh my goodness, I could NOT stop reading once the neighborhood mystery really began. I couldn't wait to figure out who
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Rachel DeVaughn
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great mystery drama fiction book! I loved the characters and the steady, unpredictable plot. I read it all in one night because I couldn't put it down. I haven't read anything by this author but I will definitely be looking to read more books by her. I'm hoping this is a mystery series.

I liked the main character Lotty-a strong woman, great mom; but yet like most women insecure in her abilities as a mom and wife wondering if she's doing it right and how to relay her love to her fa
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Donna May
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first novel that I’ve read from author Crissy Sharp. I really enjoyed this book. There was mystery, intrigue, romance, fighting, just everything wrapped up in one neat package. Being married is not easy and staying married is even harder. Marriage is something you have to work on every day, but it can become the best thing in the whole world. But I still think that communication is the biggest key in making it work. I love how this book has a struggling marriage and shows how to mak ...more
Anna Cisney Barclay
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm trying to be more selective about the "free books" I take on, but this one was a bit of a gamble. It's been a while since I've read much in the murder/suspense/mystery genre (since the Mary Higgins Clark days :) ), but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It flowed well, I didn't predict the ending, it had a cute falling back into love story. The main character was somewhat relatable- I did wish she would just *communicat ...more
Melissa
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Housewife. The author Chrissy Sharp did a very realistic job of explaining the life of an average housewife/mother. As a matter of fact, this book was so realistic it made me laugh AND cringe at the same time. The main character Lotty had problems which turned out to be very understandable and easily explainable. This book has the three F’s of life: fun, fantastic and frustrating. And what neighborhood doesn’t have That One Neighbor? (We ...more
Lisa
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy and enjoyable read. Great story about women head of households always thinking down about themselves and their skills.

Lots of crazy stuff begins to happen in Lotty and Jason's neighborhood. Husband and wife, Lotty and Jason haven't been on the best of terms, but once their car is stolen and their house catches fire, will Lotty open back up to Jason and share her thoughts and feelings? Will they navigate this together and figure out why Lotty is on someone's hit list? Only time will tell!
Erika
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read that will make most "mediocre housewives" laugh and keep turning pages as quickly as possible.
Oh how I related to Charlotte (Lotty) in the introductory chapters!!

This story is uncomplicated with solid character development and the perfect amount of detail.
The suspense builds at a perfect pace and the outcome will likely have you doing an internal "Yes!" with a fist pump.

If you enjoy an easy-read crime story that will hold your attention and be over before you know it give th
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Martha
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This lighter mystery set in Montana, had me cracking up all through it. I really enjoyed it. I think the chickens going camping with them was one of my favorites parts!
I most of all all enjoyed a husband/wife story where while they misunderstood each other, they both truly had help getting there and they really did love one another and it showed.

The mystery was interesting and the fake towns right near where I live set me back a bit, but nothing to make me not pick up this authors next book la
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Beth McGuire
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVED THIS BOOK. COULDNT WAIT TO GET TO THE END AND SEE WHO THE BAD GUY WAS. LOTTY AND HER HUSBAND JASON ARE SUCH A GREAT COUPLE AND YOU HATE TO SEE THEM STRUGGLING TO STAY TOGETHER. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER BUT ARE HAVING TROUBLE SAYING IT AND SHOWING IT. THE KIDS ARE HILARIOUS. LOTTY HAS SO MUCH ON HER PLATE AND WANTS HER LIFE TO BE LIKE HER NEIGHBORS. SHE TRIES EXERCISING AND HOBBIES AND JUST CANT FIGURE OUT WHY EVERYTHING JUST FALLS APART. THIS BOOK IS GREAT AND VERY FUN AND FAST TO READ. A BO ...more
Cassie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free with the intention to review, this didn't  effect my opinion of the book.
This book was a real page turner, I could not put it down! I really enjoyed how the chickens were included in the story, and how the mystery was not predictable. The conflict between Lotty and Jason and how it was resolved. Everyone will enjoy reading this book because  the author does a good job of keeping the book flowing and the suspense going
Karlene Browning
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story. It's billed as a cozy mystery, and mostly it was. There was also relationship issues that went fairly deep, bringing it into the realm of Women's fiction. There were some decent twists to the story, but I didn't feel the final reveal of the "bad" guy/gal (no spoilers) had enough hints throughout. But it was a quick read for a lazy afternoon and I will read the next in the series. I give it 3 1/2 stars.
Rachel
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darn it, that’s compelling.

This author has a crazy ability to put numerous twists and turns in her novels. Just when I think I have things figured out, she pulls out another twist. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, and once I got in to it, I couldn’t put it down. Now I have to read the next one!
Sherry
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one.

I really liked that it kept me guessing as to what the real problem really was almost all the way through the story. I thought one thing, then another, and it turned out totally different.

The characters were great too. Except for the bad guys. And some of the bad guys were folks who should have been good guys. That was cool.

Good read!
Amber
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just spent the past week on a beach resort vacation and this was the perfect book to read while on it! It’s the kind of book you can grab anytime, day or night, on an airplane or in the beach and pick up easily right where you left off. It’s a fun mystery and has easy to relate to characters. This is the second book by Crissy Sharp I’ve read and I’m excited to read her third!
Kathy
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have to admit that the first part of the book, while Lotty is very down on herself and her marriage, was kind of depressing. However, once the mystery in the neighborhood began, the plot moved quickly and steadily. The book is well written with likable characters that exhibit lots of good growth during the book. I look forward to reading more books in the Strawberry Lake Estates series.
Lee
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! It's quite a story, full of suspense, and mystery, and a in depth look at a couple's marriage and family trying to survive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. You won't be able to put it down.
Stephanie Hill
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lighthearted and fun.

I loved following Lotty & Jason on their adventure. It was a good lesson as well in communication and that it’s always best to talk to each other. As a mom of 3 I could often relate to Lotty’s struggles.
Loni
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun easy to read mystery and love story. Great summer quick read, i will be watching for others in the series to come out.
Pascale
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, humourous story. Relatable plot of a mom who feels unappreciated and unattractive. Good morals. I liked it.
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Crissy Sharp is an author, runner, and sports enthusiast. She has a special knack for avoiding cooking and cleaning so she can focus on her true love: writing. She is in awe of people who can do a one-legged king pigeon without pulling something and detests everything about fat-free cheese. Though she’ll always be a Montana girl at heart, she also loves Tennessee, where she currently lives with he ...more