Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Review: "Some Women" by Emily Liebert

Some Women Emily Liebert
Published: April 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher

You might enjoy this book if you like: TV shows like Desperate Housewives, books about female friendships, books about marriage

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. 

My Thoughts:
The concept of a "beach read" is hard to define and can really only be explained by example.  In other words, you'll know it when you read it.  Some Women is one of those book that you'll recognize very quickly as a beach read.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with that.  This is a book that will pull you in and, if you are looking for something light and entertaining, it will fit the bill.  It is also a fairly quick read, which is perfect for someone looking for something like that.  However, I would warn those who want to read this book not to think too deeply about it.

While I enjoyed passing the time with Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie, I found this book to be ultimately unsatisfying--admittedly because I do think too much about what I read.  I lost some confidence in the book early on--the friendship between the three women (they all recently met in a barre class) just seemed too contrived and convenient to take seriously.  I suspect that if Liebert had set up this friendship so that the three women had known each other for more than a month, the entire book would have been more convincing.

This is also a book where there are multiple plots going on at once.  I do believe that Liebert tried her very hardest to weave the all together but, in the end, it just didn't work.  For one thing, every time I would get into one woman's story, the action would shift to another character and I'd feel torn away from something I found interesting and forced to start over with another character.  I also found all the story lines to be predictable and the ending to be too neat and clean to be fulfilling.

On the positive, I did enjoy Liebert's writing--it was clean and sassy and perfect for a lighter read such as this one.  I also found the three main characters to be, if not unique, at least interesting enough to hold my attention.   I do wish that more attention had been paid to fleshing out the male characters, but I also realized that this book is clearly about the women and their relationships.

If you are looking for a quick and entertaining beach read, this is one I would recommend.  It does hit the right buttons for that sort of book.  However, if you are looking for something that goes deeper than the outermost layer of things, I would suggest passing on this one.

I received a copy of this book, as well as some cosmetics inspired by this novel, in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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