"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell

St. Martin's Griffin
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Alice Hirsh is about to find out what happens after "happily ever after".

  She was going along happily in her life, raising her daughter, making her house a home, working full time and thought she had a good marriage. Her attorney husband lands a huge client, Hollywood queen, Rose Maris, and she is so proud of him.  But then he starts working late, going to the gym, and wearing Armani instead of his clothes from The Gap.

Soon her husband's affair becomes public knowledge through a bunch of tabloid rags and Alice is plunged into Hollywood HELL!  Paparazzi is camped outside her door as they what her thoughts on her husband's affair.  He denies it of course, but moves out to "find himself".  She goes through all the stages, anger, blaming herself, depression.  Can she forgive him?  Can she win him back? Does she even want him back?

Add to this her mother gets kicked out her assisted living center, her daughter has a few problems at school, some crazy neighbors, even some x-rated ones,  and she becomes reacquainted with an old high school beau.

As she tries to come to grips with what is happening to her life she makes a few new friends.  With them she tries to put her life in order but still wonders if she will be "happily ever after" again.

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I had to read this book because so many other bloggers were talking about it and I am glad I listened.  I devoured this book in one evening.  It is a remarkable story of friendship and how you can find friends in the most unusual ways. It also verifies that you should not pre-judge people by the way they look or their occupation or rumor.  It also shows us the true meaning of friendship, your real friends are with you in good times and bad, when you look good or you look like you have crawled out from under a rock.

I definitely must read more by this author.  She tackles serious issues with humor and a unique endearing quality.   I wouldn't call it chick-lit exactly, more like mom-lit, I think mom's of all ages will enjoy this book It's been out for awhile, but if you haven't read this one yet, I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a book from my own private collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Anonymous said...

Hi Lori--
Thanks for the great review! (I get google alerts). I loved it and really appreciate it.
All best,

Amanda M. said...

Thanks for the review - I've got to go get this one!!!!