The Love Warsby L. Alison Heller
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Fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, L. Alison Heller’s beloved debut The Love Wars has been heralded as a perfect summer read. Readers will want to cheer on smart and witty lawyer Molly Grant as she juggles work ambitions with finding love. Chock full of heart, The Love Wars is impossible to put down.
“Every character in this warm, witty contemporary novel felt so refreshingly true to life.”—Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband's Secret
Breaking up is hard to do. At least the first few times.
Even though Molly Grant has only a handful of relationships behind her, she’s already been through more divorces than she can count.
At the premier Manhattan law firm where she’s a matrimonial attorney, the hours are long, the bosses tyrannical, and the bonuses stratospheric. Her clients are rich, famous, and used to getting their way. Molly’s job—and primary concern in life—is to work as hard as possible to make sure they do. Until she meets the client who changes everything….
Fern Walker is the desperate former wife of a ruthless media mogul. Her powerful ex is slowly pushing her out of her young children’s lives, and she fears losing them forever. Molly—haunted by an incident from her own past—finds herself unable to walk away from Fern and sets out to help her. She just needs to do it without her bosses finding out.
Now, as complications both professional and personal stack up, Molly can only hope that her own wits, heart, and instincts are enough—both in and out of court.
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Alison Heller is a divorce lawyer who lives in New York with her husband and two young daughters. She is also the author of The Never Never Sisters.
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Molly Grant works at a premier Manhattan law firm, Bacon Payne, as a matrimonial attorney. She’s been through more divorces than she’s had relationships. When Molly meets Fern Walker her career takes a change of direction. Fern is the ex-wife of a powerful media mogul who is refusing to let her see their children. Molly is unable to walk away from the case and knows she has to help her. She just has to keep it from her boss and co-workers at Bacon Payne. Who wants to read a book about divorces? How interesting can that be? These were questions I asked myself and found that I wanted to read this book and that I could not put it down. Molly Grant is a warm and caring attorney. She won me over when she didn’t bend to the high powers of Bacon Payne. She showed her true heart and did not give in to what her co-workers and boss would have done. When she stood up for Fern’s rights and proved how witty and instinctive she was I knew that Molly would go far and succeed. I found that I could relate to all the characters in this story, even Lillian the demanding boss. The women Molly works with are the type of people I would want for my friends and co-workers. They knew how to support each other in and out of the office. They even knew how to have fun. L. Allison Heller did an expert job making this not just a good story, but a great story that makes you feel as if you are an attorney right beside Molly. I will highly recommend this to all my fellow book lovers.
THE REAL ETHEREAL IS AT 'frankenstein' RESES!!! THIS IS A FAKE! DO NOT JOIN! It'll end up dead soon anyway. They'll attack.
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by Spark Point Studio for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Molly Grant a different type of heroine. She is a lawyer with a conscious. She is smart, easy to relate to, warm, caring and because of the conscious she just may succeed in the cutthroat business of being a lawyer. Things happen for reasons I like to think and when things happen to Molly it is no different. Not one that is really into Chick-Lit per say I found this to be a very entertaining story. It shows that perhaps there are some lawyers out there that do have a heart just like Molly. Molly may soon find herself out of a job. Trying to make her life have more meaning she takes a new job in the law firm she works for. There was an incident in law school; her parents struggled to help her pay for law school and Molly find that her loans have become quite overwhelming. Life just has a way of sucking every so often. She finds that no matter how much you work to get ahead it seems as if you get further behind. So therefore a new job may be what she needs. With a new job comes a new boss, Lillian…a real barracuda. I found her to be way too intense. She needed to lighten up a little. But, I guess she didn’t get where she is at being too soft. Lillian tends to be rather moody, changes her mind allot which equates into longer hours and much more work. Molly thinks she needs to just stick it out for five years grab her bonus and all her money troubles will be righted. As there new person in the Marriage department Molly finds she doesn’t fell she will make it to that five year mark. When Lillian dumps Fern in Molly’s lap, Molly rethinks her whole purpose of being a lawyer. Thus she becomes the lawyer with a conscious. I really enjoyed this story. A great book to add to your list of summer reads for the beach or if you don’t have plans something to curl up with and enjoy. The characters all with unique personalities were a little on the quirky side. But they were there to help Molly and proved to be really good friends at work and outside of work. How many can say that about their co-workers. Ms. Heller shows that there is always hope for the underdog that you just have to find the right person to help. She gives Molly that never gives up attitude. It was fun to see how things unfolded as Molly took on a client she was to have gotten rid of. Ms. Heller took her insight about lawyers and gave us a more realistic side with a touch of humor thrown in. She took the ordinary and expanded on it to create just the right balance of humor making us think that just maybe lawyers are real people after all. A really light story with a humorous look into what happens when you try to take on to much while struggling with your regular work load and the one that your heart tells you not to give up on. You can’t help but fall for Molly, her co-workers and yes even Lillian. A delightfully entertaining story with substance.
Molly Grant is an attorney at one of the largest and most popular Law Firms for the Rich and famous in New York City, sometimes even just the rich! She begins in the Corporate Division but finds that it is too lack luster for her taste, so she takes swift action to join the Matrimonial Division. The believes that handling divorces and all that comes along with it; from child support, alimony, custody and dividing assets was more her style. The entire novel takes place within the confines of the Bacon Payne’s Law Firm building, various court rooms with occasional moves to other locations. These other locations include her home, occasional restaurants, bars and even manicure salons. I believe that they are in the book so minutely to show just how much Molly’s life revolves around her work at Bacon Payne. Molly works late in to the evenings and often found at the office on weekends. It is hard to believe she has time for any stimulation outside of Bacon Payne. But, those travels are always full of banter and wit that leave you laughing out loud. Her parents are beyond proud of her accomplishments. Molly hopes to give back to her them for all that they did to help for her to attend college and law school. Her immediate plan is to make it to her 5-year anniversary with the Law Firm, because it comes with an enormous bonus. This bonus would help her finish off her educational loans and firm up a less stressful life for her parents and herself. In strolls Fern Walker to try to get help with visitation rights to her own children, which she is being alienated from. She has not seen them since divorcing her husband. Molly’s boss Lillian refuses to take on this job, but Molly was not so eager to let Fern walk away without the proper help and guidance she needs; even if that means taking on the case pro bono herself. Molly’s work life begins to spiral out of control at work, due to Fern’s case. Seeing all that Molly went through to help Fern Walker, your belief in the humanity of Lawyers, if you ever doubted they had a heart; is shining through! If she is caught working the Fern Walker case, her five year bonus is in jeopardy; and she may even lose her job. But, to Molly this is a case that needs to be won; mostly, due to something she neglected to do in her past. This is more personal to her than she realizes. Molly has such a great heart, that you cannot help but root for her and the people helping her, especially Henry. He is one of the Lawyers at Bacon Payne that knows what she is up to with the Walker vs. Walker case And, there is a love story for Molly too, that may not end up in Divorce Court! Enjoy!
Molly Grant is employed as a corporate lawyer for the prestigious law firm of Bacon Payne; she’s okay with the 16 hour days because that’s the cost of earning one’s way into partner status. One day she hears a conversation in the elevator and soon thereafter applies to work in the Divorce Department. No, this isn’t a bleak, suffering, painful novel; Molly describes her work in a light manner that is both amusing at the foolish demands and counter-demands of couples ending a marriage; satire at the laws that dictate who gets what material goods; and poignant moments when one is on the brink of losing a child and Molly is bold enough to put on her fighting style for the sake of what is truly right and wrong and not just “billable.” Upon entry into the marital real of legal affairs at Bacon Payne, Molly meets Lillian Starling, a high power, driven attorney who either totally loves her “girls” or fires them with the most absolutely withering phrases and insults, with no in-between moments. When Molly meets Fern Walker and hears her story, she is reminded of another request for help from a threatened mother years ago and how cavalierly she was turned away since protecting an abused spouse was not the area of the facility where Molly was then interning. Deciding to represent Fern Walker is risky because Fern’s husband is a very high profile customer of Bacon Payne. Fern knows there’s a conflict of interest and yet believes she can manage it by starting her own firm. There’s another bonus in that Molly would get the chance to represent needy clients and not the rich snobs who constantly range from cajoling, insulting and bossy ordering snobs. How Molly can manage to do her normal work, pay off her college loans her parents assumed for her dream career, and juggle friends and dates is funny, cool, and interesting. For there are elements of the law that aren’t dry and boring but instead specifically designed to be neutral in order to protect a wife or husband from losing a child, an event that could quite literally destroy that person forever. Molly also forms new relationships with colleagues that are honest, straight-forward, challenging, and more reflective of the family-like atmosphere of many law firms that succeed because of successful lawyers and a collegial team spirit and an additional touch of spicy appeal. The Love Wars is a fascinating look at divorce law and the lawyers and clients who pass through its gates briefly but with all the drama of a high speed roller coaster. L. Alison Heller presents the topic and gutsy, intelligent characters with panache and an obviously personal knowledge of the subject. This may be her first novel but it is definitely a successful endeavor and will leave readers eagerly anticipating more and better of this author with a definite, unique style! Well done, indeed, L. Alison Heller!
Great find, wish she had more books under her belt. Really absorbing read, and I found myself licking back through to re-read sections - which I never do! Absolutely recommend this book.
Think of the movies, The War of the Roses and add in a health dose of The Devil Wears Prada and you have the recipe for the novel, The Love Wars by author L. Alison Heller. We all remember the novels or stories that showcase a hardworking newbie attorney working their way up the difficult corporate law field with the best of intentions at heart. This is exactly the case for Molly Grant who lives in New York City working for one of the most prestigious law firms Bacon Payne. Their client base is some of the wealthiest people in the world and when Molly finds that working on the bottom rung a little too long, she opts to work for the Matrimonial Division. Here under the leadership of high powered attorney Lillian Starling who handled all the firms high-profile divorce cases. It was here you either were on top of her list of favorites, called her 'girls' or you were on top of her hit list meaning you won't last a day once you make it there. Molly just hopes to last long enough to secure what's known as a Payne-ment, which is a bonus equivalent to a years salary so she can pay off the law school loan her parents have had to take out to send her to school. Just under two years to go and she'll have it in the bag and life will get much easier to bear. For now, however it means jumping when Lillian asks her to jump and to not ask how high but to already know how high and to exceed those expectations, working anything less than 16 hour days is unheard of and if you make one simple mistake you can count your career at Bacon Payne a good-bye. Molly starts to question working for some of this highly demanding clients who seem to think she is there strictly to appease them at all costs instead of handing their law cases. When she finds herself dealing with the wife of one of their clients, Fern Walker. When Lillian asks her to oversee some of the issues regarding the child custody arrangement between the Walkers, Molly finds herself facing a dilemma that probably tries most legitimate attorneys. Is it possible to still work for Bacon Payne and work a legal case against one of their clients? Everything Molly has ever worked for is on the line, but after an episode in Molly's past, she finds that she might have to bend the rules a lot to make up for a possible second chance to do something noble and worthwhile instead of merely winning another divorce case. I received The Love Wars by L. Alison Heller compliments of Penguins Publishing and Book Sparks Book Tours for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is a great look at what the world of high-profile family law looks like from the outside. It seems that even though the cases are similar, in the world of the rich and wealthy, no demand is too small for some. It shows you what can ultimately happen when good people stand up for those that need it the most. I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars due to my personal rating system. The book does contain some profanity and thus the reason for a lower rating. If you ever wanted to know what working for a law firm that deals with the high profile cases looks like, you might just want to pick this one up. Truly some of the things that the attorneys have to work with are a bit on the outrageous side and really makes you wonder just how true this novel might be to the real world. I know personally I could not work for Bacon Payne. I think sometimes people fail to remember the innocent people that will become collateral damage in the process of some divorce cases.
Thank you to Book Sparks PR and Penguin for sending me this awesome debut by author L. Allison Heller. Today her tour stops at Writer’s Corner. Synopsis: Molly has survived so far as an associate at Bacon and Payne. She currently works in the Corporate department. Then an opportunity presents itself to move to the Matrimonial department. It can’t be any worse than what Corporate had been! Molly jumps at the opportunity to dive into the Love Wars. Is Lillian a better boss than Dominic Pizzaro? She adjusts to new section and is the new prized associate under Lillian. Then a case comes her way that she should really pass over, but feels compelled to help. Fern Walker is trying to get custody of her children from Robert Walker. How will Molly be able to balance her duties for Bacon and Payne and this case? What else will she give up in the process? My Thoughts: I cannot tell you how much I loved this novel! The best debut that I have read in a long time. I completely agree with the blurbs that this writer’s style definitely parallels Lauren Weisberger’s writing style. This novel will also make the best of list at Writer’s Corner for 2013. I loved the characters and the witty yet ironic approach that the writer took to novel and the subject matter it dealt with. I don’t know that I have any negatives really. One question that came to mind is this really what it is like for a lawyer in this field?
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Molly Grant works at a posh law firm with the Matrimonial Group. Their clients are rich, famous people that must have their way. Her co-workers, Liz, Rachel, Hope, Henry, and Everett do all they can to appease their boss Lillian. This was a great chick-lit novel! I loved the fact that she went rogue to help her client Fern. Her coworkers are like her best friends. This is a great summer read, full of laughter and Molly is one character everyone will fall in love with.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Molly Grant has been working hard climbing the ladder at a prestigious law firm in Manhattan when she decides to take a career turn and join the matrimonial group and become essentially a divorce lawyer. She gets caught up in a case that isn't quite by the books and may jeopardize her full time job and career path; it was fun to read about her get excited about this case even though it may impact her future.
This book was just incredible. I was blown away at how the characters were so detailed they practically came alive! Awesome.