Thursday, October 13, 2016

THE REAL LIDDY JAMES by Anne-Marie Casey

Publisher:     G.P. Putnam's Sons
Published:    September 20, 2016
ISBN:        978-0399160226
Genre:       Women’s Fiction  
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Liddy James has it all. A fast track career as one of New York’s most successful lawyers, a supportive husband, adorable child.  What more could she want?  Bit by bit it seems that having it all equates with happiness—because maybe it’s all an illusion. Is she really in love with her husband, Peter?  And her child, the one she wanted so much…well is one child fulfilling her?  And the job? Well, maybe she’s ready for a new challenge that turns out to be one Peter doesn’t want.  And then one day her world falls apart. It begins with a bite of food going down the wrong pipe and the man who saves her life looks to save her in so many more ways.

When I read the blurb for Anne-Marie Casey’s THE REAL LIDDY JAMES I was immediately drawn in.  A high powered attorney, published author and mother of two juggling it all in one successful package.  Maybe I set my bar too high but it was a struggle to get through this one.  The story is primarily told, not show.  It is pretty much straight narrative about Liddy did this, Liddy did that.  If she felt anything I didn’t get it from the narrative or her own words.  I never warmed up to her, her husband, her husband’s new partner, Rose or any other character.  By time she goes to Ireland, 2/3 into the book, I didn’t much care if she got it together or not.

There were a few scenes that were entertaining and I found myself smiling.  I did enjoy the court room scenes and the parts where there was legal negotiating. 

Casey does have a different voice.  She narrates really well—it’s just not my cup of tea.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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