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Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)|
Haley Cutler is the consummate trophy wife. Perhaps was is the more accurate term. Haley married Prince Charming when she was only twenty—back in the day when highlights came from an afternoon at the beach, not three hours in the salon.
Unfortunately, after seven years as Jay Cutler's wife, a role that provided significance and what she thought was love, Jay walks out, and Haley finds herself with few life skills that translate to the real world, not to mention a sense of amnesia about who she used to be. But before Haley can find her way, she must meet with Jay's lawyer, the strikingly handsome Hamilton Lowe. Although she can't stand his self-righteous contempt for her divorce, she takes his suggestion to attend a group at his church called "The Trophy Wives Club," a Bible study composed of women who have been dealt a raw deal. Haley's never been into the whole Jesus thing but could really use some friends to walk her through this phase (how do you apply for a credit card anyway?).
As Haley begins to realize that she really can stand on her own two feet, she also learns that sometimes in losing we find the real reward . . .
Kristin Billerbeck is a Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year.
Linda Hillman3 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2009Linda HillmanDidn't really care for this book. It took a long time to get into it and then I had to finish just to see how it came out. Then I had to do book 2 just because. . . .
Rosary Canham Blair4 Stars Out Of 5September 5, 2008Rosary Canham BlairNice easy read.
Connie Smith2 Stars Out Of 5January 21, 2008Connie SmithThis book was a mixture of girl in the world- a view of a spurned Hollywood wife, and then a second romance in the bud story. Some side characters that show how a church might turn off a new divorcee. I had a hard time accepting the lead character and her struggles. The female support group was a good idea but just didn't touch my heart. This is a much different book than most Xn girl gets guy book and is a courageous one, it just isn't one that I will re-read for insights or hope.
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 7, 2007Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis story is incredible and deep, yet entertaining at the same time. In fact, I don't believe I've ever read a Christian fiction novel before that did such a fabulous job capturing the emotion a divorced woman feels and the self-condemnation that goes along with the whole situation. Billerbeck brings out some important truths through dialog and relationships that is emotionally moving. I wish there were more books likes this in CBA. It's so real!In addition to the above, this is one of the most romantic novels I've ever read and definitely Billerbeck's best novel in the genre. I love Women's Fiction and this story reads like Women's fiction with a touch of romance. Only this story will leave you breathless because the tension is so well done. The character arc is also one of the best I've read to date with the spiritual portion being subtle, yet powerful at the same time. Nothing is watered down, but it's all in there. And the ending is dynamite. I loved it!
Deborah5 Stars Out Of 5October 3, 2007DeborahOk now this is a topic I never dreamed would make it in the Christian fiction world. Women actually admitting they married their husband not for love but for status? Talk about edgy subjects. Which is why I wanted to read this book. I love Kristin's books so this was another book I really enjoyed. Haley is a character that grows throughout the novel. She starts off being spoiled and slightly angry to wanting to learn more about faith. It's a great transformation. The writing is hip and fresh, sprinkled with pop culture yet not too much that the references will be outdated by next year. This is chick lit so I enjoyed reading about the name brand clothes and famous shoes and purses even though I will never own one in my life. I felt that the scene with Haley confronting Hamilton to be very crucial in this day and age. Why does the wife get blamed if the husband decides to leave her? And then why will society and the church shun her? I applaud this book for showing that just because someone has had a divorce does not mean they have completed the unforgivable sin. This is a book that will get your thinking juices flowing. If you only like reading stories where estranged marriages always end up having a happy ending....I'd look elsewhere. But if you are a chick lit fan who loves edgy material that normally isn't found in Christian fiction, this book is definately for you. This is why when you think Christian chick lit you think Kristin Billerbeck.