Monday, April 3, 2017

Defining Her by Samantha March **Review**

Defining Her

Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.

Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.

Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.

For a women's fictional read, I love how raw, dark, and real this was. I think we all enjoy fluffy nice reads but it is nice when those categorical reads goes further into depth. Right as you open the book, you are thrown into the deep issues and enthralled into the story-line. This story deals with and puts the reader on an emotional roller coaster and makes you really think. 
Prue has a right to feel the way she does but, at some point, you need to take the power back. It is the pursuit of happiness after all. Then there's Nellie who also has a past that Nellie can't seem to shake or forget about and her husband is in the dark about it too. How do you even do that? Marry someone without knowing their story? This story gets deeply intertwined but you never get lost or confused but, you do keep turning the pages and slowly, the knots get untied and it all makes sense. Such a good and though-provoking read!  

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