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Thursday, October 24, 2013

I'll Take What She Has By Samantha Wilde

Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.

Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
I found I’ll Take What She Has to be a relatively fast-paced read and I rather enjoyed the humorous dialogue and situations. I was surprised with how much I liked this book. Yes, there are things about it that are predictable, but I loved the concept of the book. I usually like entertainment that involves a chance to re-examine one's life. I loved how the character got a chance to go back and do things over and I found this book to be a light read with a good message.This book is for women who like chick lit, but want a different formula in a book of that genre. Many times while I was reading this book, I laughed out loud. 

I’ll Take What She Has does not sugarcoat adulthood and touches on difficult problems that many face in life. As we get older, it gets harder to preserve friendships; it’s even harder to make new ones. Best friends can’t be made overnight and when one loses a best friend, sometimes they feel like they’re losing part of themselves. Nora and Annie notice parts of their lives falling apart as their friendship starts to disappear. Samantha Wilde makes you treasure your friendships just a little bit more.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book; the story kept me entertained and interested. I liked how each chapter flip-flopped between Nora and Annie. I was able to see both sides of each woman’s story. At times, the story became a bit repetitive, but if you can get past that, you can enjoy this novel for what it is, an inspiring story of friendship and parenthood.

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