Saturday, July 26, 2014

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an “oops” baby, two fiery teenagers, and a husband who barely seems the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel throw back shots to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover.

Waking up in each other’s bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to confront the reason she gave up her broadcasting dreams when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the truth about why she’s alone. And they soon discover that they don’t know themselves—or their best friend—nearly as well as they thought they did.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke bring humor and heart to every page of this novel that is sure to please fans of In Her Shoes and The Opposite of Me. Your Perfect Life is a story about two very different women, what they didn’t know about each other, and how, by switching lives, they each learn to appreciate their own.

Once I saw the title of this book my first thought was that it would be a story about someone being jealous of another person’s life and how the main character tries to deal with his/her jealousy of the other character. Once I received the book and read the summary I found out I was wrong and that the story more closely resembled the movie Freaky Friday but involving friends instead of a mother and daughter.    

As soon as I started this story I was instantly hooked, to the story and the two female characters. I found that I could relate a little more to “Rachel” than I could with “Casey”; I think it’s because “Rachel” is a stay-at-home mom and “Casey” is the workaholic ruthless career woman. I loved the situations each woman dealt with prior to the “switch” and especially after the “switch.” I enjoyed reading and getting to see how each woman dealt with each others situations and by the end of the book it taught both Rachel and Casey that not only is the grass not always greener on the other side, but that you don’t have to just settle for the way your life is; that you can always make changes in your life that will make you happy.   

I believe that Ms. Fenton and Ms. Steinke wrote a wonderful book. I think this story is funny but at the same time the reader can learn a little lesson from these women. I think most women would love this story especially stay-at-home mothers. I would love to read more stories like this and it's my opinion that these two authors would write some more wonderful stories together. I give this book an “A+” and Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke an “A.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany

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