Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton

Laura Rider lives with her husband, Charlie, in Hartley, Wis., where they own and run the Prairie Wind Farm. After 12 years of marriage, Laura decides to stop sleeping with Charlie, and although Charlie’s best talent is lovemaking, she has decided that she’s done with the whole "sex" thing. Upon meeting local public radio host Jenna Faroli, Laura decides that the time has come to fulfill her fantasy and write a romance novel. It just so happens that fate was on her side and there was a chance meeting between Charlie and Jenna. Laura sees this meeting as her chance to experiment and helps Charlie concoct e-mails to Jenna and inspire a friendship of sorts. Little does Laura know that Charlie and Jenna have their own plans that ignite a feisty affair.

I found it a bit hard to get through the first couple of chapters, but eventually the story started to grow on me. I especially liked reading the e-mails between the supposed-Charlie and Jenna. And, although Laura was mischievous, conniving and manipulative (at times) - she was also quite funny and I really ended up liking her.

Overall, I thought this story was fun, and Ms. Hamilton’s writing was witty and smart.

This book has not been released yet, it comes out on April 9, 2009.


Darlene said...

I've seen this one around a bit lately. It's not one I'm itching to read though. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

bermudaonion said...

You're right - Laura was manipulative, but somehow, I just couldn't hate her. I enjoyed this book too.

Margot said...

Interesting plot idea and witty writing - sounds good.

ANovelMenagerie said...

I also reviewed this book and am giving away a copy currently. I agree that the beginning was not as engaging as I would have liked it. However, it sure did turn around for me.

Unknown said...

I love the cover of this book! Thanks for the review.

Beth F said...

I love Jane Hamilton! I got this book just yesterday.

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