Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: Gracious Living Without Servants

18590641Gracious Living Without Servants by Brenda Cronin

Source: Review Copy

Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Paperback

From the Publisher...

Juliet has done the right thing all her life, and where’s it gotten her? She’s a thirty-year-old widow who’s had to move in with her parents.

Things start to look up when her glamorous—but married—neighbor Seth seems to be flirting with her and helps her land a job at a local paper.

Then she’s assigned to investigate Seth’s wife. Juliet is quickly immersed in lies, manipulation, and a deepening sex scandal. But she feels alive for the first time in a long time.

Maybe she needs to do the wrong thing for once. Or maybe she’s headed for disaster.

From Me...

I almost gave up on this book after the first few chapters.  After finding out that Seth, the married neighbor was 65 years old, I was very skeptical.  The main problem I had was that I knew I couldn't root for the main couple.  Since this was a review copy, I kept reading and I'm glad that I did.  I decided that instead of rooting for the main couple, I rooted against them.  This made for a lot of funny faces while reading and very satisfying ending.

Were it not for my problems with the central relationship, I probably would have enjoyed this book a lot more.  As it was, the book was well-written and very good. The main character was very sympathetic until the affair started, but even after that I wanted her to  get better and start thinking straight.  Once I really thought about it, I finally understood that Juliet was a very lost person who possibly made some possibly poor life choices.  Understanding that basic fact makes some of her behavior much more understandable. 

I would have rated this book a four or five if I was more open to the relationship between Seth and Juliet. If this doesn't bother you at all, then you will definitely enjoy this book.  I am glad I agreed to read it.

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  1. Thank you for this lively review of Gracious Living Without Servants. I appreciate that you laid out both your positive and negative responses. I think you're right to root against Seth and Juliet as a couple.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour!

    1. Your welcome! It was fun to read, an dI hope I get to tour with you guys again!!!


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