I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
Narrator: Thèrése Plummer
Published by Recorded Books on September 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 11 hours, 26 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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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.
Emma Shay’s idyllic life shattered overnight when her husband was arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme (think Bernie Madoff). Even worse, most of the world believe she knew what was going on and has secretly stashed away millions of dollars. With nowhere to turn, Emma goes back to Santa Rosa, California, the hometown she left over 15 years ago. She’s almost penniless and virtually unemployable and with the help of one of her childhood friends, has a place to stay and a minimum wage job. But, her toughest challenge is yet to come…confronting Riley Kerrigan, the woman who was her best friend until she committed the ultimate betrayal.
This is primarily Emma’s story but it’s also Riley’s as well. Over the years, she’s convinced herself that she has just as much reason to be angry with Emma because she wouldn’t accept her sincere apology or forgive her for her betrayal. As crazy as that logic may seem, Carr does a fine job of crafting both characters so that both points of view become logical. These are ordinary people confronting issues that aren’t extraordinary but have lasting impact. That betrayal set both women on a path that reshaped their lives. The journey back is frustrating, heartwarming and realistic, making for a very interesting story.
I loved the narrator, Thèrése Plummer, and how she distinguished each character and really captured the rhythm of the story. This was my first listening experience with her and she delivered an excellent performance.
I really enjoyed this quiet gem of a story that doesn’t have a few big moments, just a lot of very special ones. There are some strong themes of family, friendship, accountability and values with a bit of romance to spare. I liked how it ended as it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it might be.
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