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Trophy Life

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,213 ratings  ·  479 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 he

Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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In Trophy Life, Agnes, a Santa Monica mom to Grace and wife to Jack, is blindsided when her husband doesn’t show up for their scheduled massages one evening. Jack lives by his schedule, so Agnes knows something is wrong. Jack has disappeared and Agnes receives bizarre but firm instructions from his business associate, Don, to travel to New York and accept a middle school teaching job at a boarding school for boys. She does so, despite numerous lingering questions.

Trophy Life is about Agnes’ jou
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oh my goodness, I loved this refreshing story! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Agnes Parsons hasn’t had much to worry about. She has a home in Santa Monica with staff who take care of everything, and she simply has to look good and keep her much older husband happy.

Until one day her husband disappears, and Agnes is all alone with an infant daughter with no staff…and no money.

Agnes has no choice but to get a job teaching in a boys’ boarding school in the Bronx. East coast living teaching twelve-year-olds is quite
authentic. Engaging. Refreshing.

Lea Geller’s debut was witty and heartwarming. A fun story with some depth. A lovely tale about second chances and finding out who you really are.

Agnes is living the good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, a staff to take care of said beautiful daughter and days full of yoga and lunches with friends. Then one day Agnes‘s husband Jack does not show up for their couples massage, something is wrong. Soon Agnes finds out that Jack is i
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Uniquely authentic, laugh-out-loud, rejuvenating, and with depth and heart that just warms the soul, Lea Geller’s Trophy Life is that rare novel that spans from light to emotional and back within a single scene. I absolutely loved this book!

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This book blended these emotional raw scenes with fantastically humorous commentary, giving it a lot of depth that you may not have guessed at. The cover projects rom-com, but don’t mistake this book for any sort of a love st
Theresa Alan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. Agnes’ parents died when she was young, and after years of foster care and working as a preschool teacher, overnight her life changed when the very wealthy Jack Parsons fell in love with her and whisked her away from constant worry about money. For years she had nothing to do but workout, get her hair done, and get massages. She even had people helping her with her newborn daughter. So when Jack disappears from their sunny California home and she’s instructed to take ...more
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
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Agnes Parsons has been living a pampered life of a Californian trophy wife. All she has to do is look the part and adore her older husband Jack. The rest is organised by her house staff, including taking care of her baby girl Grace. When Jack disappears, his business associate informs Agnes that while she has no money and no house, a teaching job in a New York middle school for boys has been secured and that is where she has to move. Shocked with this sudden turn of events and such a drastic cha ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 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 als
Laura • lauralovestoread
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  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Between 2 and 3.
I enjoyed the parts of the story that involved the boarding school, and in particular, Agnes's interactions with the boys.
However, the story line involving Agnes, her husband, her marriage, and their financial situation was exasperating. I didn't feel an ounce of sympathy or empathy for Agnes, who had managed to get herself into this situation by being dense and choosing to remain ignorant and who whined a lot and didn't grow up until the last few pages.
From the description, I
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. ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, chick-lit, netgalley
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
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019
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 Sant
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I was looking for a fun, breezy read (actually, an Audible listen) and thought this would fit the bill. I kept reading and re-reading other's reviews describing it as razor-sharp and hilarious, but I found it anything but. The writing was plodding and dull, but it was the main character, Agnes Parsons, that I disliked the most. I am not sure what Geller's intent was in writing this book, but if it was to fulfill every last stereotype of a trophy wife, then she succeeded. Agnes is the trophy wife ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
DNF after chapter 16 of the audiobook - none of this story makes any sense - WHY WOULD SHE DO WHAT JACK SAYS?? And why is she so snobby when she grew up without money? And what school would hire her? Not for me. Or maybe I just hated the narration? Either way, I’m moving on.
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
There's that common quote that people like to say that money can't buy happiness - but I mean, who here wouldn't be happier if they had a million dollars to buy every book they wanted? I mean, I'd be happier with a new car, a few new wardrobe staples, or a bathroom updated to lose the ugly pink 1950's tile...

But of course - money can also be the root of all evil - fostering greed, and indulgence, and sometimes money can be the reason your husband just leaves you high and dry one day.

Such is the
Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
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  ·  review of another edition
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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. Looking a th
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
Meredith Schorr
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
2.5 stars

This book started so slow, it took me so long to get into the story. I really thought this book wasn't my cup of tea, but unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the last 40%. In the last 40%, the pacing picked up and I felt like that was where everything was happening. I finally saw some character development and some pieces started to fall into place. It is sad because I think I really could've liked this story if it was more fast-paced du
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
There wasn't one laugh-out-loud moment in this book for me. Am I missing something?

This book was about a woman who married a man decades her senior for the stability and family life that she never had. Oh, wait, her husband micromanages and controls her every move pretty much? Well that's okay, because she wanted to be controlled and micromanaged by her husband. Anyway, said husband gets into lots of trouble at work, so she needs to get sent away to a boarding school for delinquents in NY, to t
Sara McQueen
This book had a great start. I was so captivated by the main character and all of the fabulous details of her life. When the story took a sharp turn, and Agnes found her life as she'd known it crumbling around her, I was completely zoned in. As the story goes on, I felt it drug out a little farther than necessary. The middle of the book is a bit over detailed. The writing style was very easy to read, but just felt overkill. Overall, a good story about perseverance and how quickly life can change ...more
Dini - dinipandareads
This was slow to start and was a little difficult to get into at first but once the story got rolling, I found the 'light and fluffy' contemporary I expected. I didn't find it very surprising or different to anything that I've read in women's fiction before though. For some reason (probably based on the cover) I might have thought the story and characters would be more comedic, but it was still an enjoyable and entertaining enough read.

We get a small glimpse into the 'trophy life' that Agnes lea
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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