I received this book for free from MIRA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
Also by this author: Four Friends, The Promise
Published by MIRA
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Read in: March 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
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From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.
Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.
But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves. - via GoodReads
When I was approached about reviewing The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr I didn’t hesitate to accept! You see I started for the first time her Virgin River series just the past year and I’ve read a stand alone The Summer That Made Us and really enjoyed them all!
Carr doesn’t waste much time and she lets you know she’s coming for your feels early on in The View from Alameda Island. We basically open with the ending of a long and abusive marriage. Lauren has been both mentally and physically abused for the length of her marriage. She stayed out of fear and a sense of duty for her daughters. I really identified with Cassidy and Lauren’s relationship. Emotional and mental abuse and manipulation can leave scars no one outside of the abuse sees. I’ve tried to caution friends and I’ll say it here too; your kids see more than you hope they do. If they don’t see it directly, they can feel when it doesn’t feel right.
Lauren’s recovery was probably the thing that stuck with me the most. It was so satisfying to watch her become her own person. She had years of only identifying as Brad’s wife, a mother, and living by a set of rules she didn’t agree with but felt powerless to fight. This is Robyn Carr though so rest assured that all of the ugly is balanced with beautiful. Of course there was romance involved. I really enjoyed watching Lauren and Beau come together and meld into each other. Carr seems to be pretty perfect with the slow build.
Outside of Lauren, Brad, and Beau there is a wealth of colorful characters. Both Lauren and Beau have two children each and they are both going through nasty divorces. Beau’s lifelong friend Tim is a Catholic priest who is beginning to question his place in his faith. Sylvie, a philanthropist, ends up playing quite the role in the saga of Brad and Lauren and I cheesed through a lot of her parts (some of the best in my opinion!). Let’s just say she very much could have been the Dowager Countess Lady Grantham in modern day and I wouldn’t have blinked.
I’m not going to lie sometimes seeing bits of your life experiences in a book can be difficult. I powered through the tough stuff and came out the other side of a beautiful story full of hope. The thing about hope is that it isn’t necessary when life is going well. Hope is often most prevalent in the dark. The View from Alameda Island made Robyn Carr an auto-buy for me. I can’t recommend it enough!
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- 2019 GoodReads