Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: "The Widow Waltz" by Sally Koslow

The Widow Waltz Sally Koslow
Published: May 27, 2014
ISBN: 9780142180990
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal Copy (Giveaway from Anita Loves Books)

Georgia Waltz has an enviable life: a plush Manhattan apartment, a Hamptons beach house, two bright twenty-something daughters, and a seemingly perfect marriage. But when Ben dies suddenly, she discovers that her perfect lawyer-husband has left them nearly penniless. As Georgia scrambles to support the family, she and her daughters plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives, and Georgia even finds that new love is possible in the land of Spanx.

My Thoughts:
What can I say about this book?  It wasn't an easy book for me to read--not because it was badly or heavily written, and not because the subject matter was tough to stomach.  No, it was hard for me because I just couldn't get interested in it.

This book is advertised as a good beach read--and it is written as such.  Koslow has a readable voice and this book is not what I would consider heavy.  She does shift between the first person for Georgia and the third person for her daughters.  This shift in narrator can work, but it doesn't work here.  It just seemed messy to me.

Frankly, I just couldn't conjure up any feelings for any of the characters.  Maybe I'm just too tired of the New Yorker socialite cliche to care.  In fact, every single character in this book is stock and trite.  From the betrayed widow, to the diametrically opposite daughters, to the cool gay uncle...all of these characters have been found in countless other books before this one.

The plot is predictable from the first page and there was nothing left to keep me guessing.  Instead, it made me see all the characters as, well, rather dumb that they couldn't figure out what was going on when I could.

I understand why someone might enjoy this book--the same way someone might enjoy a Lifetime Original movie.  Ultimately, though, it was not for me.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

The Widow Waltz
by Sally Koslow

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