Realistic and filled with flawed, believable characters, Some Women was both incredibly difficult and a complete joy to read.
We follow the eventually intersecting lives of three women going through tumultuous times in their lives. Annabel’s husband very suddenly walks out and wants a divorce, single mom, Piper has just had her boyfriend move in with her and her (suddenly sullen) daughter and Mackenzie is struggling to find her place in life.
All the characters, from the main ones to secondary, are exceptionally drawn. They’re all unique and real. I really liked that everyone had flaws. I started out really not particularly liking Annabel, for example…she was so over-the-top driven and it was no wonder her husband decided to walk. He was a little bit of a jerk, too, but I could see both sides and understand them. And there were times I wanted to slap Piper’s daughter, Fern, but as time went on I understood where she was coming from.
Sometimes the actions the women took were laugh out loud funny and others just made me sigh and roll my eyes. Certain small things I found a little difficult to believe (for example, Annabel has twin boys and one has a peanut allergy, yet the other one “lives on” PB&J sandwiches … I have friends who have children with nut allergies and they don’t allow peanut butter anywhere near their homes since their kid could, yanno, die from it). but those things were minor and didn’t detract from my enjoyment once I’d scratched my head and moved on.
All-in-all a thoroughly enjoyable novel filled with drama, angst and a decent amount of humor as well as both HEA and HFN endings for the women. Those readers who enjoy women’s fiction would be well served to pick this one up. Recommended.
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