The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan
When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all. But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby half-brother, and she wasn’t counting on Nicole’s desperate need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed. Strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and the baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what makes a family?
The Glass Wives started out by jumping right into a sad grieving moment for both “wives”. From the very beginning I felt connected to Evie and wondered how hard that must be to attend your ex-husband’s funeral with his family and friends. What an experience, one I would not wish on anyone. Life is complicated and this novel shows us how Evie tries to get through the complications with poise. Through all of this, she is a mother of two young children who also lost their father. Again, complications.
Through out the book, although I felt connected to Evie, I was also so annoyed with her. She never stood up for herself. She needed to speak her mind and be the strong woman and mother she and her kids needed in that chaos of a moment. While in the end I do feel like she let her feelings and needs be known, it too far too long. I do wonder if the ending is at all believable, however.
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