The Life She Wants
MIRA/ September 27, 2016/ $15.99 print, $9.99 digital
#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.
It seems you can go home again. Emma Shay Compton certainly hopes so. Or is Robert Frost’s aphorism more accurate, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in?” Emma’s return to Sonoma is a bit of both. The Life She Wants is a riches-to-rags story: Emma’s seemingly idyllic New York City society marriage was nothing but a house of cards. Her financier husband Richard was a swindler and a con-man: faced with a lifetime behind bars, he commits suicide. Emma entered the marriage with nine thousand dollars in the bank and that’s what she leaves with. Although she was not a co-conspirator, she wants nothing from a marriage than turned ugly and arid even before the feds started investigating.