When Ariel Baxter meets her new neighbor, Justine Miller, she thinks, “I want what she has.” Justine’s world of clutter-free counters, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood play dates, and organization techniques sparks her admiration. But when she hears rumors about Justine’s real home life, she wonders . . . is Justine’s “perfection” too good to be true?
She and her husband, Curt, have six children and are active in their community near Charlotte, North Carolina.
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She Makes It Look Easy is a novel I have wanted to read for a very long time. The premise — suburban women with picture perfect lives hiding the real truth — is intriguing, especially since the subject is handled by a Christian author. What I found was insightful and a little bit too close to home.
Ariel Baxter has finally made it. A new home in a very desirable neighborhood, the kind filled with so many amenities, promises the perfect life. Her back door neighbor is also the perfect woman to show her the ropes and help her discover the life she thinks she always wanted. But behind the perfect home, children, and marriage, Justine is not happy. Her dreams for the future don’t include her current life and certainly not Ariel.
She Makes It Look Easy could have become soap opera-ish, a la Desperate Housewives. But Whalen takes the subject matter and treats it with seriousness. Ariel’s husband warns her early on about putting Justine on a pedestal, predicting that what Ariel sees may not live up to her expectations. This novel is a good lesson on looking below the surface, desires of the heart and judging others.
If you are looking for a good women’s fiction read, choose She Makes It Look Easy.
(I purchased this book for my Kindle. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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