The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr – Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr brings together a poignant novel with a rich tapestry of characters. A moving story that will leave the reader laughing and crying, as two friends confront their pasts and move towards their futures.

In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients’ life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband’s crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she’s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn’t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can’t escape her husband’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help—her former best friend. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at

My Review –

I’ve read quite a few of Robyn Carr’s books. I enjoy her style of writing. The characters are always well-developed and the stories are interesting.

This book is part of a series and I have enjoyed re-visiting some of the characters as the series continues. In this particular book, I especially enjoyed the storyline. Two women who have grown up as best friends break up over a misunderstanding involving a boy. One stayed in town and the other went off to college and a new life across the country. When her life falls apart, she heads back to the one place where she feels at home and then finds that the past is very much still in the present. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption and love ever after. The story mimics real life, as most stories do, but something resonated with me and I found the story captivating.

If you are a fan of Robyn Carr, you will enjoy this book. Her books stand alone, but once you begin meeting the characters, you really want to read them all.

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