Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Book Review: Some Women, by Emily Liebert

She'd made peace with her reality, thanks, in large part, to Mackenzie and Piper's friendship. 
Piper and Mackenzie had become her people. The ones she called crying in the middle of the night. The ones who materialized at her front door at a moment's notice when they detected even the slightest note of sadness in her voice. She'd learned so much from leaning on them. She'd learned to be her own person. To take responsibility for her mistakes and to face her fears, even if it meant stumbling like a fool along the way. 

She had no idea why she hadn't noticed how lost she'd been the past few years. 

I've read two other Emily Liebert books before, and both were satisfying chick lit - perfect for a day at the beach or a quick summer read. Some Women is no different, and follows three women, who weren't originally friends, and who are all currently having relationships issues.

Official synopsis:
An engrossing and thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections…

Annabel Ford has everything under control, devoting her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeping her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.

Single mother Piper Whitley has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.

Married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate, Mackenzie Mead has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.

On the surface, these three women may not have much in common. Yet when their lives are thrust together and unlikely friendships are formed—at a time when they all need someone to lean on—Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie band together to help each navigate their new realities.

It's funny how we judge each other so quickly - at the beginning of this book, Annabel and Piper hate Mackenzie, as she's the "20-something, super tiny" girl in their exercise glass. However, Mackenzie then starts talking to them, and they realize she has issues going on too: she and her husband have been trying to have a baby for about three years now, and still nothing has happened. To add to that pressure, her mother in law is the magnate behind Mead Media, where both she and Piper work, and is an intimidating woman; she wants a grandchild, and she wants one now.

Piper has a good life, on the surface - she's in a relationship with a wonderful man, and she's raising her teenage daughter. However, Max (Fern's father), who left Piper before Fern was even born, suddenly comes back into her life, and she has to deal with that.

Annabel's husband Henry has announced that he's leaving her, and she has no idea as to why; they've been married for 10+ years and have twin boys together. Annabel hires Piper, a private investigator, to see if Henry is cheating on her, because that's the only reason why she thinks that he would leave her and their family.

All three women in this book had different problems, but that's what draws them together as friends eventually. There's also a mini-twist near the end in Mackenzie's story that I liked, because it's not one you see often in chick lit; that is, you may see it, but it still came as a surprise to me. Apparently I've given Liebert's other two books 3.5/5 stars, and this one is deserving of the same rating; it's not anything new or groundbreaking, but it's still a satisfying read regardless. 

3.5 stars out of 5.
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*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.


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