Friday, April 19, 2019

REVIEW for Trophy Life by Lea Geller

 Paperback, 364 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted…and finding the life you were meant to have.

For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her older husband, and wear terribly expensive (if uncomfortable) underwear.

When her husband disappears, leaving Agnes and their infant daughter with no money, no home, and no staff, she is forced to move across the country, where she lands a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx. So long, organic quinoa bowls and sunshine-filled California life. Hello, processed food, pest-infested house, and twelve-year-old-boy humor—all day, every day.

But it’s in this place of second chances (and giant bugs), where Agnes is unexpectedly forced to take care of herself and her daughter, where she finds out the kind of woman she can be. Ultimately, she has to decide if she prefers the woman and mother she has become…or the trophy life she left behind.

Authentic and sharply witty, Trophy Life is proof that granny panties and mom coats might not be the answer to everything; they’re simply comfortable (if slightly unattractive) reminders of what happens when one life ends…and real life begins. 

My Thought…

A wife and mother has everything she could ever want until her husband disappears and leaves her broke without anything to help support her and their daughter.   Everyone has seen that person who seems to have it all together without breaking a sweat.   That is exactly how Agnes lives.   She is that person, she has the life that she always dreamed of.   Until she doesn’t.  

I knew that there was another shoe to drop.  I had a feeling that something else was going on with Agnes and her not so amazing husband.   The strength that Agnes showed while moving across the country, living in a rodent-infested house, and working in a job that she is not trained for all while taking care of her wonderful daughter proved how when push comes to shove a mother can do what is needed to make a safe home.    I liked that she didn’t always give in to the easiest route; she did what she had to do, and called people out when it was needed.

The ending was perfect.    Agnes is a hero with a heart of gold when it comes to taking care of her little girl and protecting her students.    

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