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Review: The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr

The House on Olive StreetMy rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was my first Robyn Carr book, but it won’t be my last.

This is grown up chick lit– fiction that looks at four women, each at a crossroads in her life,drawn together by the unexpected death of the fifth member of their group.

Elly is a college professor. She’s now involved in a relationship that she’s not willing to share with the world (including her friends) because it doesn’t fit with her image of herself.

Beth writes murder mysteries, but she is very shy in her everyday life. Part of this shyness is a need to hide the problems in her marriage– problems that sometimes leave physical signs.

Barbara Ann works hard as a writer of romance novels, but can’t quite make it to the next level of success. She is also mom to young men, and it often seems like she’s mom to her husband as well. The effort of caring for these adults (or close to it) that don’t in any way appreciate it finally gets too much for her.

Sable is a highly successful author, but she’s built a shell around herself, one based on a whole new identity she created in an effort to escape her past, a past that is catching up to her.

I loved meeting all four of these women. They all became very real to me, even if their lives and problems ranged from ones that I see everyday to ones I can only stretch my mind to imagine.

Each woman was a mixture of strength and weaknesses. Their relationships were similar– the group had been held together by Gabby, and when she was gone, they didn’t always know how to deal with one another.

Each woman makes a personal journey over the course of the book. Each of them touched me, and left me wishing I’d see them again.

I received an electronic copy of this book from Harlequin for review purposes.  Thank you for this opportunity!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in books, reviews

 

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