What women's fiction got your heart singing this September?
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain.
The thing about storms is that they always different, as are the challenges facing our heroines from this month’s women’s fiction selection. It seems like I say this every month, doesn't it? Nevertheless, this month selection is bursting with interesting, complex women. Some are highly successful professional women; some are working for minimum wage but no matter what their socio-economic status they all discover the importance of love, friendship and family!
The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey
A witty and captivating novel about a modern-day superwoman who leans in so far she falls over
Forty-four, fit, and fabulous, Liddy James is one of New York’s top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two. Armed with a ruthless reputation and a capsule wardrobe, she glides through the courtrooms and salons of the Manhattan elite with ease. What’s her secret? Liddy will tell you: “I don’t do guilt!”
This is the last thing literature professor Peter James wants to hear. Devastated by his divorce from Liddy six years earlier, the two have a tangled history his new partner, Rose, is only just sorting out. But Rose is a patient woman with faith in a well-timed miracle and she’s determined to be sympathetic to Peter’s plight. Together, Liddy, Peter, and Rose have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter’s truculent teen and Liddy’s darling, if fatherless, six-year-old.
But when Rose announces she’s pregnant, Liddy’s nanny takes flight, the bill for a roof repair looms, and a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, Liddy realizes her days as a guilt-free woman might be over. Following a catastrophic prime-time TV interview, she carts her sons back to Ireland to retrace their family’s history. But marooned in the Celtic countryside things are still far from simple, and Liddy will have to come to terms with much more than a stormy neighbor and an unorthodox wedding if she ever hopes to rediscover the real Liddy James.
Fun, fearless, and full of heart, The Real Liddy James takes a fresh look at the balancing act every family performs. With the deft characterization and sharp wit that made her first novel an international bestseller, Anne-Marie Casey invites us into the ambitions, passions, and misadventures of this extraordinary heroine.
Strengths: Multi-faceted characters; present day dilemmas; Unorthodox modern day family; Uplifting ending
Measure of Love: More than Dash
Mood: Poignant and Upbeat
Thoughts: I loved Liddy James –flaws and all! Her compelling need to be perfect will strike a chord. Witty and Insightful—this book is a definite page turner!