Thursday, October 31, 2013
Review: Gracious Living Without Servants by:Brenda Cronin
About the Book:
Juliet has done the right thing all her life, and where’s it gotten her? She’s a thirty-year-old widow who’s had to move in with her parents.
Things start to look up when her glamorous—but married—neighbor Seth seems to be flirting with her and helps her land a job at a local paper.
Then she’s assigned to investigate Seth’s wife. Juliet is quickly immersed in lies, manipulation, and a deepening sex scandal. But she feels alive for the first time in a long time.
Maybe she needs to do the wrong thing for once. Or maybe she’s headed for disaster.
About the Author:
Brenda Cronin writes for The Wall Street Journal, where she has worked since 2001. Her short fiction has been published on both sides of the Atlantic. This is her first novel. Born in Washington, she was raised in Connecticut and lives in New York City.
This review honestly, was a little difficult for me to do. I am not really in agreement with the plot line and how it all was handled among the lives of the characters. There is alot of things I disagree with but I will review this one the best I can to let you in on the overall feel of the book.
Upon opening the book and reading about the title character we find that Juliet has come from a pretty well off family, financially. She is a thirty year old woman that was married and had been for about a decade when her husband Alex was tragically and instantly killed in a car accident. She was now staying with her parents until, she had hoped that she could get back on her feet again. But after listening to one of her parents' close friends she had found out that her parents were afraid she would commit suicide after such a devastating blow to her life.
Well it's not long when she attends a party thrown by her parents that she finds herself flirting with a man that is thirty years older than her. At first she feels a little guilty but decides she has nothing left to lose. After getting a job through the family friend things start changing for Juliet in ways you may not expect. This book has alot of twists and turns.
The storyline is a strong one with some foul language. The author has done a real good job making the characters seem very real and the story a prevalent one at times seemed very convincing as well.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me at no charge for my honest review from the author.