Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is the perfect debut. Thank you to Atria for my copy. You may know these ladies from their website Chick Lit Is Not Dead. They have written a couple of other novels. It is their third novel.
Casey is one of the anchors for Gossip TV and very busy with her career. Her assistant Destiny reminds her about the accepted invitation to her high school class reunion. She desires to see her best friend Rachel from her childhood. Casey feels that she is doing this for Rachel. Rachel is a house wife and has been married to her high school sweet heart. They have three daughters Audrey, Sophie, and Charlotte. Each woman feels that the other has the perfect life. Do they? The end of the reunion brings a surprise for both women. Each one gets the opportunity experience the other’s life? Will the people around them find out? What will they learn from seeing the life of the other?
I had not read the previous novels by Liz and Lisa. I have to tell you that this novel is the perfect escape. I have been around to see the growth of both authors as writers.
The characters of Casey and Rachel are great! You get to see what it is like to work in television or stay at home and be just mom. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t understand Rachel’s character the stay at home mom who has sacrificed for her family. You experience how obsessed with work like Casey.
I constantly wondered if the other characters would realize that there are changes to both Rachel and Casey. I love how the authors kept us straight as to who they are writing about in each chapter.
The only part I had a hard time with is the fact that I couldn’t sit down to read the whole novel in one sitting.