Back to Life by Kristin Billerbeck

Back to LifeI am a bit behind in my reviews here…. I actually finished Back to Life about a month ago.  It took forever to get through…. I bought this book in Tegucigalpa Honduras – at the airport – and in a hurry as my plane was loading and i just needed something to read.  The cover looked good and I just needed a light read for the plane…..

Lindsay took to marriage like a starlet to stilettos, but her husband had a deeper love for his business. Left alone after his death, Lindsay must find out who she is when there isn’t a party to plan or another person’s life to be organized. Can she find her way Back to Life?

Lindsay realized when she married Ron, a man seventeen years her senior, that the odds were he’d see heaven before her, but she never expected to be a widow at thirty-five. She knows there’s too much of life remaining for her to just sit around in mourning, but she can’t seem to kick-start the rest of her life. Then unexpected help arrives…when Ron’s first wife, Jane, shows up at Lindsay’s front door.

The executor of their late husband’s estate, Jane is everything Lindsay’s not: strong, stubborn, independent…and a lot older. There are other surprises as well, including Ron Jr. (whom Jane insists is not “really” Ron’s son). But against all odds, a most unlikely friendship begins to develop—as each woman discovers how to own up to her past mistakes and to reevaluate what is really important. Told in the alternating voices of Jane and Lindsay, and featuring the return of many of the unforgettable characters introduced in The Trophy Wives Club, Back to Life is a lighthearted, relatable read about where to turn when life goes in a direction you never planned.

Ok – I know…. once on the plane I reviewed my choice and felt I had picked up something pretty cheesy.  And when I noticed it said it was one of the trophy wife club books I really thought I was in for it. The book was pretty much what I expected – lite Chirstian fiction, not a lot of meat to it… kind of on the lines of the Ya Ya Sister books and the Potluck Club.

I didn’t find the characters particularilly likable…. Lindsay is pretty shallow and I just never can wrap my mind fully around Jane.  It took me months to complete and basically I just wanted to know if it ever got better.  In my opinion it did not.  A  D- rating.

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