Author: Robyn Carr

Audio Review: The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Posted March 28, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Audio Review: The Life She Wants by Robyn CarrThe Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
Narrator: Thèrése Plummer
Published by Recorded Books on September 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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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About Thèrése Plummer

Therese Plummer is an actor and voice over artist living and working in New York City. Favorite roles to date include TV: Rose Nerrick, The Good Wife, Andy in Law and Order SVU. Stage: Celebrity Row; New York Theatre Workshop, Under Tillage, The Irish Repertory Theatre. Off-off Broadway credits include The Vagina Monologues, Suzanne in Twilight of the Gold’s and Madeline in the Award Winning Samuel French Short play The Sweet Room. Comedy Credits include Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and Stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy Club. Therese also performed her one woman show, Ribbons Undone, at the Here Arts Center. Therese records audio books for Audible.com, Recorded Books and Talking Books, Inc. As an adolescent counselor, Therese spent five years utilizing Drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings before moving to New York. She shares a passion of creating, helping and entertaining and feels incredibly lucky to do all three.

About Robyn Carr

After thirty-plus years of hard work, life is very, very good for the Las Vegas author who began writing when her two children were babies.

Robyn’s Virgin River and Thunder Point series, like her earlier Grace Valley books, are a blend of romance and women’s fiction—books that not only entertain but also address sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, health risks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anything that can compromise a woman’s happiness because she’s female. And there’s no denying that Robyn has a way with words. Her voice is unique and takes her readers into the hearts and minds of the brave men and women who have served in the military, into the families left behind, and into those who confront challenges head-in in their search for love and fulfillment.

After writing twenty Virgin River stories, Robyn is now taking her readers into another fictional community, a picturesque coastal town on the Oregon coast she calls Thunder Point. Like her Virgin River novels, the Thunder Point books will make readers laugh, sigh, and fall in love: with a small town filled with people they’ll never forget. In addition to 2013’s The Wanderer, The Newcomer and The Hero, Thunder Point novels on Robyn’s schedule are three 2014 titles, The Chance (March), The Promise (July), and The Homecoming (September).

Robyn and her husband enjoy traveling, often taking research trips together. Their son and daughter are grown. Robyn says that, in addition to reading her novels and making snide remarks about how she’s used family scenarios to her advantage, they have made her a happy grandmother.

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