Review by Ann McDonald
Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control.
Author Emily Liebert introduces us to Allison Parker, a widow of 10 years and her son Logan, who is 10 years old. She has stayed in the apartment that she shared with her late husband Jack, unable to let go. Finally, her parents persuade her to move back to her childhood suburb so they can be close to their beloved grandson. When Allison enrolls Logan into her old school, she meets and makes a tentative reach to Charlotte, whose daughter Gia is also enrolled at the school. When Charlotte’s husband Charlie turns up, lo and behold, he turns out to be a long lost friend of her husband and hers from way back.
This sets the stage for a series of happenings that send these two women in directions they didn’t foresee. There are no hard and fast rules, Allison is an artist, she is self-supporting with help from her husband’s parents who substitute money for contact with their dead son’s child and Allison has no qualms about accepting it for her son. Charlie’s husband is very wealthy and Charlotte wants for nothing, a beautiful home, fancy clothes, fast cars and no closeness, Charlotte and Charlie have drifted apart. The other women in this story are Elizabeth, Charlotte’s sister and her two friends, and I use that term loosely, Missy and Sabrina.
They meet up and have a ‘Whine and Wine’ get-together on a regular basis where they tear their husbands apart and anyone else who just happens to be in their world and the rest is a montage of “He said, she said, who said what!” Throw Dempsey, a handsome school friend of Allison’s into the mix and you have this book. The character of Allison is not in the least bit realistic, she has an outlook on life I found totally unbelievable and the nasty women of the get-togethers are taken directly from a bad day-time soap opera. When we get to the end of the book, other unbelievable situations are thrown into the mix and it all ends with a totally unrealistic happily ever after.
It was an effort to portray the relationships between women but unfortunately, it didn’t gel. The personalities were like cardboard cutouts most of the time and what attempts of an insightful story were evident in the beginning, quickly disappear. The wrongs that were perpetrated suffered no consequences and the happy ever afters, well…..
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