The Life She Wants

10 CDs. 11:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. Sept. 2016. ISBN 9781490655949. $123.75. 1 MP3-CD, digital download. F
Two friends are torn apart by their love for a single man. Emma, betrayed and hurt, abandons her childhood home in California to seek success across a continent, while Riley goes it alone, raising her child as a single mother and building a business her way. Then disaster strikes Emma, who returns home disgraced by her criminal husband and nearly destitute. Carr builds a story based on female friendship and, as a writer who is known for her strong characters and motivated action, brings together hope, friendship, and love. This is "feel good" fiction at its best. A well-realized sense of place enhances a plot that satisfies the listener's need for rational movement forward as two women explore their own mistakes, rediscover friendship, and find sweet romance. Therese Plummer reads with dramatic effect and perfect pacing.
VERDICT Will appeal to fans of gentle romance who want a story with substance. ["For those who relish contemporary family sagas with strong female characters as well as readers who like their stories tinged with romance": LJ 7/16 review of the Mira: Harlequin hc.]

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