This book was an unexpected WOW! I thought it was going to be "lite chick lit"-- but it went much deeper! For every woman who compares herself to the others around her and finds herself SO inadequate--this message is for you! Each of us should appreciate who God has made us to be and where he has planted us instead of trying to be "perfect" like our neighbor seems to be. Great Read!
I started out thinking this was going to be a very shallow book. What a wrong impression!
It would be a good gift for someone that may be headed for trouble, with fantasy romantic thinking. Seems shallow at first, almost quit reading it, but really tells a great story for today's easy divorce thinking!
She Makes it Look Easy is not a typical "everything-works-out-perfectly-in-the-end" Christian novel. The book delves into the lives of three families and the impacts of the choices husbands and wives make. You might find yourself shocked to find that some of the outwardly "perfect" Christian characters make very bad choices_and you might find yourself closely identifying with several of the characters as well.
I was immediately drawn into the lives of the characters in She Makes it Look Easy. The story is told from the alternating views of the central characters, Justine and Ariel. Justine Miller makes it all look "easy" with her perfectly clean home, perfectly groomed children, and perfectly organized life. Under the "perfect," however, are dark motives and desires.
Ariel Baxter's family is "moving on up" when they move into Essex Falls, an upscale neighborhood. Justine quickly introduces herself to her new neighbor Ariel and offers to help Ariel organize her life. Soon, however, Ariel suspects that Justine has motives beyond helping a new friend. When she delves deeper into Justine's actions she discovers a secret that Justine has been keeping.
Justine and Ariel both face difficult choices, and you'll be wondering until the final chapter if they'll do the right thing.
She Makes it Look Easy reminded me of several things; first of all, when I find myself too eager to please someone who makes me feel bad about myself, that person is not a friend. Second, I was reminded not to judge people who seem to "have it all together;" they might be hiding a secret, or they might need a friend. And third, no matter how much I want to be a friend, there are times that doing the right thing is more important than a not-so-true friendship.
Even if you usually don't enjoy fiction, I encourage you to read She Makes it Look Easy.
Ariel Baxter has always dreamed of living in Essex Falls. The suburbian life woos her into thinking she can have the perfect life. The perfect house. The white picket fence. The adoring husband. The well-behaved children. The perfect friends. An organized life is what she desires.
And Justine appears to have it all. But does she?
And will Ariel fall into Justine's trap? Or will she find the courage to stand for what is truly right in life?
Marybeth Whalen has written another incredible novel. I consider it to be a well-written, suspenseful-suburban-women-life read. It touches on a topic that would make most Christian women cringe but is extremely relevant in the lives of many women around us. I applaud her for the honesty of her characters and the fact that she never once sugar-coats or underplays the issue at hand. This book is a bold statement many women should not ignore.