Wednesday, 3 October 2007

CFBA Blog Tour of The Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Avon Inspire (September 4, 2007)



Kristin Billerbeck was born in Redwood City, California. She went to San Jose State University and majored in Advertising, then worked at the Fairmont Hotel in PR, a small ad agency as an account exec, and then,
she was thrust into the exciting world of shopping mall marketing. She got married, had four kids, and started writing romance novels until she found her passion: Chick Lit. She is a CBA bestselling author and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year. Featured in the New York Times and USA Today, Kristin has appeared on the Today Show for her pioneering role in Christian chick lit.

Her last three books were:

Split Ends: Sometimes the End is Really the Beginning (April 17, 2007)

She's Out of Control (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) (Nov 13, 2007)

Calm, Cool & Adjusted (Spa Girls Series #3) (Oct 1, 2006)


Haley Cutler is the consummate trophy wife. Perhaps "was" is the more accurate term. Haley married Prince Charming when she was only twenty years old – back in the day when highlights came from an afternoon at the beach, not three hours in the salon.

When Jay first turned his eye to Haley, she was putty in his slender, graceful hands. No one ever treated her like she was important, and on the arm of Jay Cutler, she became someone people listened to and admired. Unfortunately, after seven years of marriage, her Prince Charming seems to belong to the Henry the XIII line of royalty. When Haley loses Jay, she not only loses her husband, she loses her identity.

With her first independent decision, Haley leaves LA and moves home to Northern California. Feeling freedom just within her grasp, Haley learns that her settlement payments must go through one of Jay's financial advisors, Hamilton Lowe. Haley believes he's nothing more than a spy. And the feelings of distrust are mutual. Yet somehow, Hamilton finds himself handing over the monthly checks in person, and Haley can't deny that there's a kind of tenderness and protectiveness in Hamilton that she's never experienced in a man before.

But before Haley can even consider another relationship, she must learn to accept her inherent worth, and what it is to be loved for who she is, not what's on the outside.

My thoughts:~

As is her forte, Kristin Billerbeck writes a sassy, direct and amusing tale of a woman betrayed trying to find a measure of independence after the loss of her identity that followed her wayward husband out the door. As a suburban Aussie woman, I found it a struggle to identify with Haley and her so called friends and probably didn't engage as much with this story as with Kristin's other books for that reason. Despite that, I was pleased to see an authentic look at the struggles of divorced women and the sometimes unforgiving nature of some in the church environment. The initially dastardly Hamilton Lowe is a great character, whose journey proves that leopards can change their spots after all! The Trophy Wives Club remains an entertaining read and has a final chapter not to be missed.


Tamara Leigh said...

Sounds like another great read from Kristin whose book WHAT A GIRL WANTS opened my eyes to the quality Christian fiction that readers now have access to. I look forward to it.

Naomi said...

Oh I love your blog I was at the christian bookstore the other day and I saw so many of the books you have reviewed. I am just new to Christian Fiction and I am loving it.

dube said...

I just now read this book. It was great!

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