Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book Synopsis: Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.

She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.

Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?

My Review: I love the cover for this book, and Robin Lee Hatcher has a very solid writing style. It's a pretty speedy read, and sadly also very predictable. I don't disagree with the message or the heart of the book, and there were small moments while reading that I felt the author really delivered. But truthfully, I feel the book would have benefited from a bit more fleshing out of the characters, or elimination of the third person POV chapters. Maybe some more flashbacks or a slight bit more development of Katherine's character before the scandal hit. I also had a hard time really sympathizing with her, because while bad, none of the things happening to her seemed truly awful. It might have been easier to understand her struggle if we didn't have the third person POV chapters.

Having said all of that, I still enjoyed the book and feel that it has benefit to the reader if you take the time to read it. Most of the other reviewers really enjoyed, so you don't have to take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

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