Author: Robyn Carr
Published: September 2016, MIRA
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher via Little Bird Publicity
#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.
My thoughts: This is Robyn Carr's newest stand-alone book and I really enjoyed it. I've long been a fan of Robyn's books - she's written quite a few series that I absolutely adore, including the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, and then she has a stand-alones. While I haven't read as many of those, I'm so glad I picked this one up...I found myself completely engaged from beginning to end.
What I love about Robyn Carr's books, and this one in particular, is that she writes about real women, women you can relate to. This was an emotional tale about two women who ended up getting a second chance in life, and those second chances weren't always easy to come by.
It was so easy to be pulled into these women's lives. The emotional pull that Robyn Carr is able to achieve with her writing is remarkable...the emotions that run through this book are palpable and will have you feeling as if you are experiencing all that the characters are. That's what I love about these books - you feel everything - the good and the bad.
Robyn Carr is always a good choice when wanting a good escape read, but this was a little more than that. Yes, there was romance, but even that was rife with problems and was not treated lightly. This is the type of book that has a little bit of everything and when you come to the end, you know you've read a good book! I look forward to reading more of Robyn Carr - both with her series and her stand-alones, as I haven't been disappointed yet!