Plot Summary (from book cover):
When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife – her hair dyed and striaghtened, her hippie-chic wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.
Lizzie, the Woodruff’s younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve – a husband, a young son, the perfect home – and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.
After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful flare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.
I picked this book up thinking it would be a nice, relaxing beach read – something I could get into and enjoy after the failed experiences with The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and One Day. It served its purpose, but still left me unsatisfied.
The characters are just okay. Not truly entrancing or mesmorizing. The plot moves along at a decent pace but isn’t really something to write home about – after all, we’ve seen this story played out in the headlines time and time again. The ending was disappointing as well, as I’m not a big fan of books that attempt to tie up the loose ends but fall short. There are insinuated comments, but I like my endings to provide me with a recap of where the characters end up after all that they’ve been through in the course of the story.
Moving on, yet again. I have my hopes high for The 19th Wife (a previous book club read that I’ve been saving.) The ladies seemed to enjoy it. I hope I do, too!