Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: Some Women

Some WomenAuthor: Emily Liebert
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: NAL

An engrossing and thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections…

Annabel Ford has everything under control, devoting her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeping her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.

Single mother Piper Whitley has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.

Married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate, Mackenzie Mead has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.

She needed a whole new plan. A clear direction with which to forge ahead. Either that, or she feared she might stay lost forever.

It was a really bad idea to rummage through a friend’s dirty laundry. Even if you planned to wash, dry, and fold it for her.

“That's the funny thing about children. When they were around, you wanted peace and quiet. A mere moment to yourself. You felt absolutely desperate to go more than three minutes without hearing the word Moooooooom echoing throughout the house. To go to the bathroom or - if luck was really on your side - to take an uninterrupted shower. Yet, when they were absent, no matter how infrequently that happened, it felt as though someone had amputated your limb and left a stinging open wound in its place. And you craved them like a cold beer on a blistering summer day.”

I love stories that bring different characters from different backgrounds together and allow them to bond over the smallest things. The three women that form an unbreakable friendship in this story first meet in an exercise class. Their lifestyles and situations are all different, but it was not hard at all for me to bond with each of them. Emily Liebert has such a knack for writing stories that get you hooked right from the beginning. She puts so much thought into her characters. They are so believable and after just a few chapters you will find yourself longing to read from their perspective again. You will never be bored and the story will never lag!

There are very few authors who have a talent that lasts through every word, every sentence, and every page. Emily Liebert’s writing is so fluid and so eloquent that you might even have to pause and read back over certain sentences because of the beauty of the juxtaposition. Her characters give us hope and we revel in their successes and root for them in their defeats. Each of the women in this story have a difficult struggle they are facing, and Liebert shows, through her theme of friendship, how having the right people to believe in you and encourage you along can make all the difference. This is a perfect summer read that you don’t want to miss.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at NAL in exchange for my honest review***

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