Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review for The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Mira Books

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers a poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations and how the power of love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.

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…

When I pick up a Robyn Carr book I think romance, sweet, and fun.    This book is all of that but it is also a lot of twists and turns that will make you think about the life you are living.    

Getting married means forever, means love, means respect and means happiness.   For Lauren, none of that comes true.    She marries to escape being poor.   She wants the status that comes with being married to a successful surgeon, yet that isn’t what she gets.   The book starts up with Lauren figuring out how to stand up for herself and leave her husband so I instantly felt respect for her.   Sure she has lived for 20+ years with the abuse but she is now looking for a way out, setting up a life for herself without being a wife of a surgeon, and finding out who Lauren is. 

Everything about The View from Alameda Island is wonderful.   The book is hard to put down, easy to fall into, and wonderful from beginning to end.   

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