This weekend I took time to rest, refresh, and READ! My poor husband was planning a romantic time away and I kept pulling out The Trophy Wives Club. It was kind of funny.
If you are looking for chic lit that isn’t like every other chic lit you’ve ever read, then this is the book for you. I was transported to a lifestyle with which I’m much less familiar and it was fun.
The thing I most appreciated about The Trophy Wives Club is that Billerbeck honestly shows what divorce looks like from the inside. Haley didn’t want this divorce and was committed to her marriage and her man. Nevertheless, she is unjustly judged by at least two characters (and probably several readers). As a Christian who has been divorced, I could relate to Haley’s pain. Very often Christians look down their noses at those who are divorced…judging, condemning. Oh, they know the meaning of grace, but they certainly don’t extend it.
I can’t find the quote right now, but at one point Haley says something like, “What you have had me do, slide over and welcome my husband’s girlfriend into our bed?” Like it or not, sometimes there are few options for women like Haley…like me…and as Christians we need to extend grace.
Meet the Author~
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)
About the Book~
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.