I read this book almost exactly twelve months ago just after I got back from Australia. Somehow amidst all the end of financial year bookwork and catching up, I missed publishing my review. So here it is – better late than ever!
EXCERPT: She walked purposefully to her car and she even looked around. He was in the garden shed on the other side of the gardens. She could hear him putting things away. He wasn’t looking to see what she was driving or what her license plate was. He was a perfectly nice, friendly guy who probably picked up lonely women on a regular basis. Then murdered them and chopped them into little pieces and used them for fertilizer.
She sighed. Sometimes she felt so ridiculous.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.
Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.
But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.
MY THOUGHTS: I wavered on my rating for this book. Three stars? Four stars? Three-and-a- half? I loved the first half of the book, but then, initially, I thought the second half got a bit schmaltzy, Hallmark romantic. And then. . . Robyn Carr blew my socks off with a totally unexpected development.
But after I finished, and had time to sit and ponder my feelings, my reactions, I realized that she had perfectly captured the emotional reactions of the characters to the situations. Take away the extremes of her story, the wealth, the violence, and it could have been my story. The controlling husband, the constant put downs and erosion of confidence, the reluctance to expose the children to a marriage break-up, then the threats and manipulations, and finally the uncertainty and wonder of finding the right person with whom to share the rest of one’s life. As I read I was thinking, ‘Yes, I remember feeling/experiencing that!’
What more needs to be said? Although this was my first, I am sure that this won’t be the last book I read by this author. Definitely a ‘feel-good’ experience. High praise indeed from someone who doesn’t read romance!
THE AUTHOR: Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan’s Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn’s new women’s fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND will be release in April 2019. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to NetGalley via Harlequin-Mira for providing a digital ARC of The View From Alameda Island by Robyn Carr for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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