The Life She Wants

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The Life She Wants

Want to meet some fabulous characters? Characters that will make you sigh, smile, flinch and laugh out loud and forget they are products of an amazing author’s imagination. A cast of totally endearing characters that become human right before your eyes – like Pinocchio. And by the end of THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr you regret coming to the end of an awesome story and have to say so long to your new friends. THE LIFE SHE WANTS is an ensemble of truly engaging and unforgettable players.

Riley compartmentalized her life, maintaining control was probably a subconscious goal for a woman whose life was dictated by curious and unfortunate choices made when much younger. The problem is living with those choices and hopefully not have them define who you are.

Emma’s life had never really been in her control. She readily admits to reaching out to find the love and caring she so desperately craved, which seemed just beyond her reach. Emma’s life didn’t turn out the way she dreamed or wanted but in so many ways she had been a victim of circumstances.

Now back home Emma is determined to exert her own power over her life although she is a realist and acknowledges her perpetual lack of power.

Emma and Riley best friends for so long until life got between them. Their youth was a factor in the demolition of a long dear friendship. Both Emma and Riley are basically good people out to protect themselves from disappointment that practically brought them to their knees.

Trust was broken. Feelings hurt. Fear of trust and getting hurt again are the driving forces at play preventing these long ago friends from rediscovering what a special thing they had. Hurt morphed into anger and candidly affected everything in Riley’s life. Emma was facing probably her biggest challenge starting over with a decidedly odious past. They say time heals all wounds but sometimes these wounds have been allowed to fester way too long. Only time will tell.

THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr had me smiling through the book and crying at the end, deeply affected by this special noteworthy story. What could be more perfect? In one word THE LIFE SHE WANTS is spectacular. Robyn Carr has absolutely outdone herself with this gripping story. THE LIFE SHE WANTS showcases several wondrous characters. The storyline is fast moving and gets the reader more involved as it proceeds. Robyn Carr has long caught my attention with her fabulous serial stories and is at her best in this standalone novel.


Book Blurb for The Life She Wants

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness 

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. 

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. 

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2016 5.00