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Trophy Life

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  145 reviews
A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted…and finding the life you were meant to have.

For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her ol
Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Agnes is fortunate to have the dream life that most women desire. Her loving husband, Jack, is successful and generously provides for her and their infant daughter, Grace. She lives on the beach in Santa Monica and spends her days practicing yoga. She also has full-time help to run her home and care for her daughter. She has lots of flexibility to spend time with her friends and family.

This happy life comes to an abrupt halt when Jack doesn't arrive for their usual couples massage. Agnes is info
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
3 Stars!

Maybe this was nothing. Maybe something came up at work and he really was just running late. But Jack didn't run late. Jack never ran late. I thought about what Lynne said about missed payments and unreturned phone calls, and an awful, familiar feeling that I could not shake off started moving up through me.

Agnes is living the good life in Santa Monica, CA. She is married to a wealthy investment manager, Jack, and they have a one year old, Grace. Agnes can have anything she wants and s
⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

I know there are going to be a lot of people that will LOVE Trophy Life by Lea Geller but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as I was hoping to.

What it's about: Agnes Parsons did not have the best childhood, her parents died when she was young and she had to bounce around from foster home to foster home without much to call her own. So when she gets the chance to marry a man older than her, but who is stable and has lots of money to provide for her, she obviously takes it. She also l
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC provided in return for an honest review.
Laura//lauralovestoread Gelinas
I thought that this was a cute story, and it did have more to it than just the tale of a trophy wife. I liked that we got to see Agnes in a different light from where she started, and found myself really pulling for her. She was a likable character, and there were some sweet moments, especially seeing the relationships form between Agnes and her middle school students that she ends up teaching to support herself and her daughter. .
Camille Maio
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read with much heart and more depth than I expected from its description. It will be relatable for any woman who has ever had to "go it alone" and forge a new path when life doesn't turn out as she'd expected. We might think that the story of a "trophy wife" would be vacuous, but the character of Agnes learned much about herself and others as she reinvents herself within a life she didn't ask for and makes tough choices about love and rightness. Highly recommended!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agnes has a Trophy Life and doesn't want for anything. When her husband disappears, her life changes dramatically. Agnes moves across the country with her baby girl and gets a job teaching at a middle school. Trophy Life is a refreshing and sometimes humorous story of starting over and discovering self worth and the resilience of the human spirit. Lea Geller has written a solid debut novel. I can't wait to read her next book! I received an advance review copy. All opinions are my own.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019, chick-lit
Agnes is a California trophy wife whose life as she knows it comes to an abrupt stop when her husband fails to show up to their weekly massage date. Agnes is told by her husband’s confidante that she has to move to the Bronx to teach middle schoolers at a boarding school and wait to hear from her husband. Agnes goes from her gilded life to a mice infested condo at the school. Her life turns completely upside down. The story of Agnes’ journey of awakening is told with humor and authenticity and I ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
What happens when your Trophy Life becomes nothing but strife? This is the situation Agnes Parson is facing when her husband Jack gets himself into financial troubles and goes into hiding - WITHOUT her! Jack sends Agnes to The Bronx to teach in a middle school that his friends runs.

Watching Agnes learn to rely on herself again, something she hadn’t done since meeting Jack, is an interesting story, however, the highlight of Trophy Life for me was the relationship Agnes formed with her middle sch
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t let the fun and bright cover fool you, this book had more depth than I anticipated from first glance. Sure, it’s light and has plenty of laugh old loud moments, but it’s also brutally honest and feels refreshingly authentic.

Agnes is living the dream, she has a gorgeous house in Santa Monica, an adoring husband and a sweet baby daughter. Her only “job” is to look good for her husband, their hired help takes care of the rest and when her entire world gets flipped upside down and she is force
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019, chick-lit
3 1/2 stars

Agnes and Jack Parsons seem to have it all - the beach house, expensive dates, and a house staff to take care of all of their needs. Then one day Agnes goes to their usual sushi spot where they planned to have dinner but Jack never shows. Quickly Agnes realizes that she is on her own with their infant daughter, no money, no home, and no Jack.

Agnes is given a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx with a pest-infested home. A far cry from her outlandish life in Santa
Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trophy Life by Lea Geller follows Agnes, a SoCal wife to Jack and mother to Grace. While Agnes once had a tough childhood, once she met and married Jack her biggest troubles involved what green smoothie have for breakfast and which yoga class to take. On a Tuesday towards the end of the month, Agnes goes to her regularly scheduled couples massage to meet Jack and then go out for sushi. There’s just one problem. Jack never shows…

Jack vanishes along with his money. It appears he got into some trou
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've written this review for Really Into This

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Happy Reading, friends!

Reading Trophy Life, I anticipate hijinks, hilarious mom moments & the beloved “you’re better off without him vibe”. After reading it, I realize Lea Geller digs deeper & creates a story about someone truly rediscovering who they are & more important, who they want to be.

I swear, expectations are half a book.
Meredith Schorr
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a delightful debut! While very humorous at parts, it was also extremely heartwarming and there was a lot of depth and character development of the main character. I enjoyed that the book was about so much more than a woman who seemingly had everything losing everything. The school subplot was especially entertaining for me. I adored the boys in Aggie's classroom and loved her relationship with them. The book had a villain, an outspoken BFF, a quirky neighbor, and a whole lot more. I rec ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, kindle, netgalley


I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would because it had more depth than I realized.
Reading the descroptoin I thought it would be a light and fluffy chick lit sort of book. It was so much more.

Agnes went from pampered and spoiled, getting massages and what not, having a nanny who spent more time with her baby than Agnes did, having a

A middle school teacher in hiding sent to spy on the headmistress for her husband.

Agnes grew on me as
Kris Ruggiero
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-booklist, arcs
In Trophy Life, we meet Agnes, a SoCal trophy wife, who is living in Santa Monica with her much-older husband, Jack and their 6-month-old daughter, Grace. It’s a seemingly great life. All Agnes needs to do is stay thin, look beautiful and fill her days with yoga and watching the waves on the beach. She has a nanny and a housekeeper/cook. But when Jack mysteriously disappears after not showing up for their monthly couples massage, Agnes is left alone to fend for herself and Grace. Jack’s friend a ...more
Jenna | JennaStopReading
When I try to think of how to write a review for this book, the first thing that comes to mind is, "Oh, it was cute." That's about how I would sum up this story. As I was reading it, it gave me a lot of warm feelings, a little bit of rage, and a handful of laughs. I didn't hate my reading experience, but I also am not going to be forcing this one into anyone's hands to try to get them to read it.

As a mom, I really enjoyed the parts of the story where Agnes, the main character, struggled with mot
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agnes is a California trophy wife. When her husband doesn’t show up to their weekly massage and she finds out he has disappeared, . she discovers her husband was facing financial troubles and that’s why he went into hiding, of course without her. When her husbands accountant informs her she doesn’t have any money, so her house on the beach is gone she doesn’t get to drive Her bmw the housekeeper and nanny need to be let go she doesn’t know what to do. Then she learns before he went into hiding h ...more
Leah DeCesare
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had such fun reading Trophy Life. Lea's writing is warm and witty, like talking with an old friend, which is something you'll find in this story too.

Readers will laugh and relate to Aggie Parsons from LA to NY, as she journeys on a path that returns her to her authentic self. I kept guessing and wondering what was really going on with her disappearing husband, who is, by the way, a total fork. He takes her for granted, assumes she's do whatever he wants her to, and likes their relationship wi
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being orphaned in her teens and finishing her youth in the foster care system, Agnes just wants stability and predictability. When she meets her husband, a man who wants to take care of her every need, she can finally stop worrying and settle in. When her husband suddenly disappears, Agnes and her infant daughter are forced to leave behind their home, complete with housekeeper, nanny and organic everything, to move across county and figure out a new, far less glamorous reality.

Everything i
Chelsea Girard
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the epiphany of pulling up your big girl pants.
I loved Lea Geller’s Trophy Life as not only was this read witty and heartwarming, it also had its serious parts that sent my heart beating. There is a moral behind every story and with Trophy Life, it is so clear and covers such a broad section of important topics that if I named all of them you would have already jumped on this book. But, to list a few, this book covers independence, trust, love and above all connections.
There is
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, galleys-arcs
If you have Kindle Unlimited and want to read this, you are in luck! It is free on KU. This is a VERY good thing.

This was a somewhat unique read in that it starts out much like any other 'poor trophy wife gets left and is at sea'. But it doesn't quite end that way. this is really about a husband who is doing something very illegal and trying to drag his naive wife into the middle of his scheme. You will have to persevere with this book to get to the parts where you want to stop thinking of stra
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Trophy Life is a fun fast read. Don't let the cuteness fool you, though. There is an important lesson in the pages. It's a light read, and fans of romcoms should love it. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Robbie White
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trophy Life is the touching gritty and funny story of a young Trophy Wife who unexpectedly is forced to hide out and put her nose down to the grind stone at a boys private school as a middle school teacher. As she unexpectedly finds joy in her situation she has to make some decisions about who the Trophy Spouse really is and whether she is truly happy in that role.

I received an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Angus has had a rough life. She lost her parents as a child and ends up in foster care. Then one night while fleeing an ex-boyfriend, she meets Jack and everything changes. Aggie becomes the typical trophy wife, letting her husband take care of everything. For ten years she had the life everyone wants and her biggest worry is what to wear to Yoga. She doesn't pay attention to any of the details as she coasts through life letting him make all the decisions. Then one night her husband doesn't come ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They weren't the only ones middling, teetering in between the people they were and the people they could be. I knew exactly why I'd found a home in the middle school.

Trophy Life is the story of trophy wife Agnes Parsons, who, when her husband disappears after a financial crisis, is forced to move to New York to teach at an all-boys middle school. Along the way, she must confront not only the obstacles of teaching those the world has given up on, the toils of single motherhood, and the fears of
Really Into This
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah wrote this review for Really Into This

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Happy Reading, friends!

Reading Trophy Life, I anticipate hijinks, hilarious mom moments & the beloved “you’re better off without him vibe”. After reading it, I realize Lea Geller digs deeper & creates a story about someone truly rediscovering who they are & more important, who they want to be.

I swear, expectations are half a book. L
Linda Zagon
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Trophy Life” by Lea Geller, Lake Union Publishing, April 9, 2019

Lea Geller, Author of “Trophy Life” has written a witty, intriguing, entertaining, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, with a touch of humor.
The time-line for this story is in the present and goes to the past, when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Lea Geller describes her characters as complex, complicated and dysfunctional.

Agnes Par
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a light, sexy read, but it was a lot more complex (in a very good way) than I expected. Agnes's husband is an investor who has done something he shouldn't. Their luxurious Los Angeles home, cars, possessions are all taken away and he finds a "safe place" for Agnes and their toddler daughter, Grace, in the Bronx at an all-boys prep school run by one of his clients. Agnes is in the dark as to what her husband, Jack, has done, but she goes along with the plan and moves acros ...more
Noemie | allmybookthoughts
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs, 2019-books
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing & Net Galley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Agnes is a mom living in Santa Monica, with days full of yoga classes, baby play groups, and a house staff that takes care of everything else she needs. She really loves her husband, even if he is older & she might be considered a “trophy wife”. When he disappears one day, leaving her penniless, she has to make a huge change. Agnes packs up her daughter & the car, and drives across the count
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