Hounded by the media and shunned by those who once clambered to be part of her inner circle, Claire must scrape enough strength to find a job and begin again. After Tuck is sentenced to prison, Claire must make one more decision -- make their separation legal or fight to keep their marriage and family intact.
I've never read anything by Kellie Coates Gilbert before. Truthfully, I was attracted to the cover of this book -- kept seeing on blog postings and book advertisements this spring and the bright color just dragged me in. When I read the "trailer" to the book, I thought it would be an interesting read so I obtained the book through our library system. Plot, style of writing, character development -- all around, Gilbert is spot on. Even the vastly different ways Claire's adult children and her mother react to the scandal is presented in a realistic manner that adds depth and spark to the story. And her one remaining friend adds some humorous relief. Dialogue was flavored with what I believe are authentic Texas-isms, nothing hokey or overdone, just enough to make this a Southern tale.
Too many books that I've been reading lately have been parts of series, and that means I need to keep track of past stories and make commitments to future books, or accept that I won't know the whole story. I love that this was a stand-alone book (although labeled a TEXAS GOLD NOVEL).
Good writing, great story, great message.