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.
This novel contains adult content, graphic language and disturbing situations.
|Publisher:||Marching Ink LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’m not gonna lie. This book is dark in places…most places. But so is life (unless you live wearing rose-colored glasses…and if you do, please send me a pair). People get hurt, and they hurt others. They make mistakes, and hopefully they grow from them. Love and life are messy, and DEFINING HER portrays the very messy side and what happens when those in love veer off path. (Path pun not intended, although I wish it would have been.) To keep this completely spoiler free, I’ll keep the review fairly short, but I do want to say that this book is a must read if you don’t mind the graphic details and language that that messy sides of love, life, and betrayal bring with it. In case you missed it in the summary above, Samantha has provided this disclaimer: This novel contains adult content, graphic language and disturbing situations. The disclaimer is accurate. Disclaimer: I hand a hand in the publishing of this book. I designed the cover, formatted the book, and did some proofreading as well. This is no way affects how I feel about the book and story itself, and I have purchased my own copy of the book for my collection.
I've been a fan of Samantha March for a very long time, so I was very excited to receive an ARC of "Defining Her." I read almost half of it the first night--it was that good! Coming from a horrific background as a child and young adult, Nellie's life is quite different now that she's a married woman and a business professional. Having the pressure from her husband and mainly her mother-in-law about having a baby, I felt like when Nellie befriends Prue, it's a way of a distraction. Like Nellie, Prue had a rough time as a younger woman, but not nearly as bad. In the beginning, I felt sorry for her and even liked her, but toward the end, I was a little surprised at how she handled herself. Maybe she was jealous of Nellie's life, I don't know, but in her case, it was easy to understand that her past caught up with her. Over time, I thought it was interesting to see how the bond between them grows, but what I really loved was the ending, and how certain secrets are divulged. I don't give any spoilers, but I was so happy with how everything ended and would love to see this book as part of a series. While this book was dark in a lot of cases, the mystery of secrets between the women and their past was written beautifully. If you're looking for a quick read over the weekend, I recommend "Defining Her." I give "Defining Her" 5 stars!