Take It from Me

Montlake. Sept. 2022. 348p. ISBN 9781542032391. pap. $12.95. F
Novelist Harper Ross’s first two books met with acclaim, but her third did not. Struggling with writer’s block and afraid that she’s lost her talent, she sells her Manhattan condo and rents a house in the Connecticut suburbs. She hopes that the fresh start in a new locale will give her the impetus she needs to write a better book. Empty nester Wendy Moore lives nearby; she doesn’t have many friends, and she has a secret: she suffers from a mental illness, which is handled with sensitivity here. The two women meet and form a friendship of sorts, except Harper is using Wendy as inspiration for her new book and is lying about her occupation. Wendy is happy to have a new friend, especially a younger woman she can mother a bit and act as a matchmaker for as well. When all the secrets come out, the friendship is strained beyond repair, or so it seems.
VERDICT Many women will see aspects of themselves here in this relatable women’s fiction from Beck (The Happy Accidents). It should appeal to book clubs and readers who enjoy books by Danielle Steel or Kristin Hannah.
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