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Posted March 29, 2009
These women are something else. This is a book that I was sad to see end. The author has quite an imagination and she did well here! I look forward to reading more from her. I don't like to give details, so I just recommend this book if you are a woman in need of a good time! You'll love the wacky characters and their silly ways. Easy read. It only goes too fast, you'll just want more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2007
Enjoyed EVERY minute
This book is amazing. I am a mother of a toddler, and every night I would steal away to Hunting Hills and indulge in the lives of these 'fortunate' wives. Humor, scandal, it all drew me in, and in the end I was completely outdone by all the twists and turns that make this book a page turner. A MUST READ!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2005
What smart women looking for a laugh need to read!
If you have a brain, many authors today are not writing for you. Therefore I read Sarah Strohmeyer's latest with a sigh of relief. It is funny. It is smart. It requires functioning brain cells. Imagination can be challenged because the well-drawn characters are so vivid that I was interesed in them even while multi-tasking. Don't miss your chance to revel in your intelligence. 'Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives' is what the fluffy writers wish they had thought of first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2005
Fantastic read with a lot of humor!
A must read for everyone! The pages kept turning with ease, and I refused to put it down until I finished!............................... Sarah Strohmeyer has branched out from her successful Bubbles Yablonsky series to write a tale about the rich and powerful, giving us a view of their not so perfect lives. Her well-timed comic writing wit is not lost in the novel that is vastly different from her series. She gives us a fantastic satirical look at the upper crust lives of people with a median salary of a cool half million.............................. Hunting Hills, Ohio is the setting of an elite neighborhood with impeccable manicured lawns, large sprawling homes placed far from the road, and dogs are trained to bark only on cue. Behind the walls of these large expensive homes live the thin, fit, beautiful, and powerful. Outsiders drive through the exclusive neighborhood and can only dream of the perfect carefree lifestyle of living in such splendor, while the people inside the houses want out of the neighborhood, the lifestyle, and the city. They are tired of the rules that have been set for them by earlier generations, and even the ones they have set for themselves to continue the upstanding traditions of life in Hunting Hills. The ugly truth is the residents of Hunting Hills can?t stand the very world they created, but will never admit it freely to each other, or their spouses their true feelings about the lives they feel trapped in, that would be one of the biggest faux pas in the social circle................................... Rule number three: Always proclaim everything terrific. Oh and do they have the rules to live by and they play by the rules when convenient, breaking them when it is self-serving, just like are good rules are dealt with in an established society. Wives are notorious for spending their husbands huge salaries in the most interesting methods possible, life coaches, top of the line designer clothes, personal trainers with healing powers, and when that gets boring, its time to redecorate the house out of bored rather than necessity. You have to know where to shop for clothes and food, which lawyer you need to make any nasty legal issues disappear quickly, what type of car is acceptable, how to exploit every little talent your children have to secure their spot in the best colleges....................................... So how do the perfect hair, finely manicured nails, and impeccably dressed, Hunting Hills Wives cope when one of their own most desirable bachelors marries a social blunder in Prague after knowing her a full lunar cycle? A women who grew up at the poverty line in West Virginia, has a (gasp) career as a reporter, and shows up to meet them at a school field hockey game in faded Lee jeans and a shirt of a non designer label. How do they to react to the outsider in their midst that does not fit the necessary profile of petite and socially acceptable in their circle? Why they welcome her and take her under their wing to teach her the ropes of a Hunting Hills wife, of course, but not without a devious motive behind the niceties. The current wives are more concerned with how she, Claire Stark has managed to land John Harding, and how fast they can split up the marriage, especially since one of the established wives has her eye on a future with John Harding.................................. Throw in an old boyfriend trying mess things up in her fragile new world, along with the wives plotting behind her back, and Claire Harding has more newfound problems than she realizes. How do you remember all the rules without writing them down, or the names of the respectable shoe and clothing designers she has never heard of, let alone bought before on her salary?.............................. When a huge scandal rocks the community affecting many of the residents, the wives band together, showing they are not quite as naïve and superficial as theWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2005
Smart and Savy
Smart and savy. Silly and sweet. Sarah Strohmeyers latest book is a story that crosses the norm, and makes you take a step back and rethink those thoughts that you have had about 'that' neighborhood, or 'those' communities. I love a story that keeps me hooked from start to finish, and this one definitely did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2005
In Ohio there is a special bedroom community called Hunting Hills. Only the wealthy can afford to live there. The women have even created ten rules for any wife/socialite living within. According to those rules, wives enjoy spending money without a thought. For example, the apple vinegar at their store is eight dollars. It does not matter that the stores outside Hunting Hills only charge sixty cents. The wives of Hunting Hills would never be caught slumming in those stores. ................................ Marti Denton is the wife of Jim Denton, the best stockbroker around. She never realized she was madly in love with John Harding until he came home from Prague with a new wife, Claire. Suddenly Marti believes their past love affair means that they are soul mates and Marti plans to steal John away. ............................... Claire Stark is a beautiful newspaper reporter who met John while trying to get an exclusive interview from him. They wed within a month. Claire gives up her career for John and is determined to be an excellent wife. But John down played what his home town was like. She is not prepared for life as a socialite. Claire is socially awkward, to say the least. So it is a relief when Marti buddies up to her. Marti shows Claire the ropes and gives her the DOs and DON'Ts advice. It is not until later that Claire wonders why Marti wants to know so much about John. ............................. All the wives in Hunting Hills look to be skinny, happy, and care free. But looks can be deceiving. Each wife has secrets and scandals are abundant. When things begin to hit the fan, Marti and Claire learn what it means to really be fortunate wives! ............................ **** You will never travel through the upper crust suburbs again without wondering what type of drama is happening silently within it. After reading this novel, I went out of my way to drive through such an area and wonder which wife was sleeping with which friends' husband. ................................. Author Sarah Strohmeyer has created a juicy bit of scandalizing gossip in the tradition of 'The Stepford Wives'. BRAVA! ****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
fine satirical contemporary tale
Housewife Marti shows little concern that her spouse communicates with her through sticky notes as she has a lover to occupy her time. However, she panics when said lover John Harding returns from Prague with a new wife, reporter Claire Stark. At the bequest of former wife Boots, who needs help with their teen daughter, the newlyweds settle in Hunting Hills, Ohio. --- Claire feels like a fish out of water as she sees no reason to run the gauntlet of manicure, yoga and therapy as the other wives do. Adding to her displaced feeling is Boots undermining her confidence especially in light of that Claire wants a job with the Cleveland newspaper where her former boyfriend is the executive editor, but John rejects that because they were ugly towards his family. Meanwhile Marti takes Claire shopping in order to learn more about her rival and her marriage. Other women including John¿s pint size mother terrorize the journalist with their suburban inanity. No one however will befriend an outsider so friendship is out of the question gossip and scandal are in --- The key that makes this fine satirical contemporary tale fun to read is the gravity that the wives place on their shallow existence as each one believes they are the center of the universe. In this milieu comes the caring journalist who has seen the harshness of life in Bosnia and now struggles to understand and fit in with the inanity of these bubble brained not so Desperate Housewives. Sarah Strohmeyer provides a terrific tale filled with the irony of how absurd that the middle class suburbanites feel about the contributions of our lifestyles to humanity. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2011
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