Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Another Life
Author: Ann Roth
Release Date: April 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day - California & Washington
Overall Rating: 4.8
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Ann's Website: www.annroth.net
Fallout. Thatís what two women are left with when their husband dies.
Mary Beth Mason and Caroline Mason discover secrets, lies, and betrayal the night their husband dies of a massive coronary. To begin with, they find theyíve been married to the same man for ten years. If that isnít enough, there are two daughters caught in the crossfire of their fatherís duplicity...
Meet Mary Beth--Sheís been a loyal, socialite wife for twenty years and mother to teenaged Aurora. Though lately she feels in limbo, out of place as Stephenís criticism of her escalates and Aurora becomes difficult. But now she finds thatís the least of her worries as she finds a way to deal the truth of what Stephen has done and the fallout of what he left behind.
Meet Caroline--Sheís a young, beautiful woman who runs her own graphic design business from home while caring for her young daughter, Jax. She feels she has it all; husband, family, business, fabulous home...until the truth is revealed.
Itís a long road to healing for both these families, with much heartache and despair as roadblocks. New loves are not out of the equation, however. When is the question each woman has to answer for herself.
While this book is labeled a contemporary romance, I must clarify that it isnít a romance in the conventional hero/heroine way... I found it to be a romance in that each woman has to wade through the pain and grief to be able to come to a place where they make new discoveries about themselves, what they want, what they deserve, what they wonít part with.
Itís a romance between their old and new selves, with each new discovery eventually bringing them to a point where they can build new lives and determine whatís really important.
Ann Roth has created a story that will stay with you and make you wonder. You'll care about her characters and wish them well.
Another Life is a story that refuses to leave the reader unaffected. It's definitely worth reading.
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