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Posted March 5, 2013
Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk
Claire has just not only lost her job but her husband. Her sisters, Holly and Samantha have set up an appointment the next day with an attorney. They hope she gets the house, car and lots of money.
The McGibbin women are a threat onto others like no other when you do them wrong.
After she has moved into her own new house the sisters get her online for dating... This is so hilarious and it's sad at the same time.
She goes from being at rock bottom to putting her big girl panties on to take care of things. There is a major decision she has to make after getting on her feet again. Her sisters have some input along with the rest of the family.
I liked the story because I wonder what I would do in the same circumstances. The number of characters is just right to keep everybody straight.
Posted August 21, 2012
Darian Wilk has done it again! With her first debut, Love Unfinished,
she gave us the unforgettable couple, Emma and James, who had to find
each other again to finish their love story. Now, using her authentic
writing style, she has written another wonderfully paced story creating
more enticing and unforgettable characters. Claire has just lost her
job, and within hours, her "perfect Charlie" decides to inform
her that he's been cheating on her and wants a divorce so they could get
married. Stunned and speechless, all Claire could think of was that this
was 'her Charlie', the love of her life. This was the man and home where
she was going to live the rest of her life. 'Her Charlie' was not
incapable hurting her like this. Or was he? Claire's reaction and
denial had my emotions all over the place. I felt like I was going
through her breakup and divorce too. I wanted to reach into the book at
times and give her a hug and tell her that it will be okay; while at the
same time, I wanted to smack some sense into her and tell her to get
over it, that she deserved better, etc. What I loved about Claire is
that no matter how upset, sad or angry she was, she was never whiny,
helpless nor needy. Yes, she had her moments, quite a few of her moments
had me laughing out loud. But they were never unrelatable or
unrealistic. Claire was so comfortable with her life with Charlie, she
didn't know how to be without him to the point that she knew his
dislikes and likes but had no clue as to what she preferred. She was
lost. We've all been there before and know how shocking it can be when
you don't have a crutch to lean on, to hide behind. It was quite
refreshing to see Claire grow, learn about herself and become a strong
woman. Even during her weakest moment and many mistakes, she always
learned from them and became a better independent Claire. I instantly
fell in love with her large, exuberant and well-meaning-overly-loving
family. They all reminded me of my own family. There is something so
sweet to see grown women still call their father Daddy, it melted my
heart every time I read them calling and referring to him like that.
Claire's two sisters, Sam and Holly, were the perfect balance for her.
Sam is the younger, promiscuous and loud one that never held back how
she felt about the situation and encouraged her to start dating again.
Meanwhile, Holly, is the older and married-with-children sister that
would reign in the situation and encourage Claire not to give up on
finding her true love someday. So Claire takes her sisters advice and
starts online dating. And a few disastrous dates later, she's ready to
throw in the towel... until Claire bumps into an old friend. Mac. Mac is
everything that Claire never had. Is it possible for Claire to trust and
love again? Should she even try? And then she bumps into Charlie.
Charlie who is getting divorced and wants her back. Yes, this is where I
started to hold my breath too! For all of us that have ever lost
ourselves, whether in a relationship or elsewhere, Darian Wilk reminds
us that it is okay to hope and dream of better things for ourselves. To
remind us that we shouldn't lose or mold ourselves into what we think
people want us to be. We have every right to take the time to figure
things out, hold out for what's best and just be ourselves.
Posted August 19, 2012
A poignant love story. My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I
received a copy of this book from the author as part of the blog tour in
exchange for my honest opinion. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:
Darian's writing style is always poignant and always genuine. Her
characters are always compelling and the plot line is always
well-crafted. I am always wowed by the way Darian's book make me feel.
Her books always leave me feeling deeply connected. Claire has just lost
her job and then the day ends with her husband telling her that he wants
a divorce because there's another women in the picture. Talk about a
terrible day. Claire is unable to move on. Everybody tells her that
Charlie wasn't worth it and that she's better off without him. They
don't understand that she still loves him. They convince her to start
dating. She reluctantly agrees and goes on dates that are in short
disastrous and miserable. However, then an old friend enters her life
and she thinks she might just have found love. But then Charlie decides
he wants her back. How can you choose between the man you loved and were
married to and the man you are falling in love with. The writing style
as I mentioned was genuine, addicting, and thoroughly enjoyable. The
characters rang true and offered a multi-faceted cast. From her younger
sister who is loose in her affection, to her older sister who is happily
married and presents the love that she wishes she had, to the unique
array of characters that she dates. The book offered a quick and
entertaining read. Women's fiction at its best. In Summary: Darian
Wilk has the ability to write poignantly about the complexities of
relationships and the beautiful healing power of love. The Wrap-up:
Darian Wilk is becoming an author that I adore. I will definitely be
keeping tabs on her novels. Both Reinventing Claire and Love Unfinished
are definitely two books that I recommend to fans of this genre. Love,
Posted August 15, 2012
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