The Life She Wants

The Life She Wants Running time hours minutes New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags to riches to rags novel about women friendship a

  • Title: The Life She Wants
  • Author: Robyn Carr
  • ISBN: 9780778319672
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • Running time 11 hours 20 minutes 1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags to riches to rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness.In the aftermath of her financier husband s suicide, Emma Shay Compton s dream life is shattered Richard Compton stole his clients life savRunning time 11 hours 20 minutes 1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags to riches to rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness.In the aftermath of her financier husband s suicide, Emma Shay Compton s dream life is shattered Richard Compton stole his clients life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband s crimes She is left with nothing Only one friend stands by her, a friend she s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County But starting over isn t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too And people she d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan Riley and Emma were like sisters until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship Emma left town, planning to never look back Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can t escape her husband s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she d ever ask for help her former best friend It s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they ve made over the years Only if they find a way to forgive each other and themselves can each of them find the life she wants.

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    1. Robyn Carr

      Robyn Carr is a RITA Award winning, eleven time 1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series The third novel THE FAMILY GATHERING in her fan favorite new series, Sullivan s Crossing, will be released in April 2018 Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada You can visit Robyn Carr s website at RobynCarr.


    1. Emma Shay's idyllic life shattered overnight when her husband was arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme (think Bernie Madoff). Even worse, most of the world believe she knew what was going on and has secretly stashed away millions of dollars. With nowhere to turn, Emma goes back to Santa Rosa, California, the hometown she left over 15 years ago. She's almost penniless and virtually unemployable and with the help of one of her childhood friends, has a place to stay and a minimum wage job. B [...]

    2. This was the first book I've read by Robyn Carr, and I'll definitely check out some more from her soon. I enjoyed her writing style, and the main character was easily likeable and relatable. This book starts heavy and ends with hope; just what I needed right now. Thanks to a sweet friend for sharing this great book with me.

    3. Emma has returned to Sonoma County after the suicide of her husband, a man convicted of bilking millions of dollars from investors reminiscent of Bernie Madoff. Her husband was a piece of work, but Emma sort of let herself be taken on a fairytale ride without examining the details too closely before everything blew up. After living a life of supreme luxury, Emma is left with nothing and not many options for employment on the East Coast after the notoriety of the trial. At the urging of an old fr [...]

    4. 2 1/2 *I won this book on a Giveaway. I've never read a Robyn Carr book before. I know she is an established writer. I thought I would like this one more than I did. The premise sounded really good. A disgraced rich woman, whose crooked husband committed suicide moves back to her childhood town to rebuild her life. Unfortunately for me something was missing. The friends re-uniting and bonding again after many years apart was a big aspect of the story. I just couldn't really get into the charact [...]

    5. What do you do when all your dreams come crashing down around you? That is exactly what Emma Shay Compton must decide.Her husband was convicted of stealing people’s life savings, kills himself and leaves Emma with the mess left behind. The law thinks she is hiding money, people hate her for what her husband did and worse of all she had no clue and let herself be deceived by the man she thought loved her.Returning to her home town, Emma has more demons to face while trying to rebuild her life. [...]

    6. I was just informed that I won an Advanced Reader Copy of this from and I can hardly wait to get it in the mail!I read this as soon as I got it in the mail, and I enjoyed it all the way through. I liked the main character, Emma, who just moved back to her hometown after her rich husband was found guilty at a trial and then committed suicide. I wish the author had made the whole trial and suicide situation a bigger part of the story; instead, it all happened before the story began and was only r [...]

    7. I am not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this. Almost as soon as I started reading this story drew me in and wouldn’t let me put it down for a second. That hardly ever happens now a days and I am thrilled that this one did!The Life She Wants surprised me because of how much I enjoyed it. From beginning to end this is a well written and well paced story. You can very easily connect to the characters and the situations they find themselves in. You just feel for Emma and you want to che [...]

    8. This is not a romance, even though it looks like one and sometimes acts like it, too. Phwew. I'm glad I got that out of my system. This book might have been excellent, except that it has a serious flaw that penetrates deep into the story and I don't see any way to fix it without fundamentally changing pretty much everything. Fortunately, Carr is a very good writer and if you can get past the cracks in the foundation the house itself is very pretty.So anyway, we start the novel with Emma about as [...]

    9. Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 stars on .Wow. This was a shock to my system after reading the early Virgin River books this past weekend. I went from those books to this standalone and really didn’t get what was happening in this book. We follow two women whose storyline barely merged with each other and a happy ending that really didn’t work based on all that came before it.Emma is dealing with the fallout from her husband’s suicide and her realization [...]

    10. My rating for this book is 4.75 but have rounded up to 5 stars.Before I had been reading an ebook that I didn't like much (gave it a 1 star) and was so disappointed in it. This book had been on my mind for reading but something happened to make me keep putting it back down and reading something else. My nervousness had to do with the fact that I hadn't read a Robyn Carr book and romance isn't necessarily my genre of choice. After that ebook, I decided to give this book a shot as it couldn't be a [...]

    11. This is one of those rare novels that has left me speechless. Carr's hard hitting, emotional tale astounded me with it's intricacies while it drew me in with the sheer realism of the lives that she created. I'll admit that it was a little hard to get into at first, but once I was there Carr's masterful storytelling shone through. She brought this town to life, allowing me to visit the local haunts while my heart was being pulled in every direction by the intricate tale that she wove.I love the w [...]

    12. If you're looking for a story to sweep you away for a few hours, this is a great choice! My second book this month to remind me sometimes you just want to hear a good story. There were rich themes throughout the book. Namely that richness is not measured in possessions (unless you want it to be) and that self-reliance is not the same as independence. The book also made me think about domestic work a little differently. Their job is not to be seen and yet THEY SEE EVERYTHING. If you've ever had a [...]

    13. 3.5/5; 4 stars; B+I liked this book for the aspect of Emma and Riley's friendship and how they finally healed their rather significant breech. There were some things I didn't' like about both main character's but overall it was a good book. Robyn Carr is an author I enjoy reading even when she is not at the top of her game.

    14. Robyn Carr does it again! She simply never ever disappoints. I loved this one, it took me quite a while to warm up to Riley but eventually you can't help but. The whole story was just fantastic.

    15. This is bullSh#*. Let me get this straight; you sleep with your best friend’s boyfriend while she is away at college, she stops speaking to you (and rightfully so) because she is hurt that her best friend and boyfriend was sneaking around behind her back. Now, you are mad at her for not supporting you because you got pregnant for her boyfriend while she was away at college. You betrayed your friend and stabbed her in the back. Now she should apologize to you (15 years later) because you no lon [...]

    16. I used to read more romance books. I've actually got quite a stack of them hidden in a box in my closet. But a couple years ago, I started reading other types of books and less romances. I've forgotten I guess that the plots of these books are usually pretty frustrating, but that is secondary, as the building relationships are what make or break a romance book. Characters make bad choices just to further the building tension, but all is forgiven once you get to the Happily Ever After payoff. But [...]

    17. A beautiful and powerful story about life, love, forgiveness, family in all the different forms and shapes, and moving on after one of the life's curveballs. The story flows well, with often taking a step back and going through the events again, with little more depth, with a different point of view. For those who like to read a book from cover to cover in one sitting, it might feel like repetition, but most might enjoy it. The characters in the story have all faced life's difficulties, have had [...]

    18. To be honest, this was a bit of a lukewarm story for me, but compelling enough to keep on reading. What I liked best were some of the characters ordinary circumstances, and then some of the elderly characters were particularly charming. I also enjoyed the fact that this book emphasized the fact that money doesn't make people happy. It’s hard work, family and friends that enriches our lives, makes us content.Center stage is Emma Shay’s with whom we meet up when she returns to her hometown in [...]

    19. A wonderful story about love and forgiveness. Although the story has many challenges it is done in a loving and uplifting way. The characters are realistic and caring and give each other support when needed. There are a few authors that I continuously listen and read and Robyn Carr is one of them, her stories are interesting, her characters are wonderful and I love that I end the story happy and wanting more.

    20. I have always loved Robyn Carr as an author and this book has not disappointed me. Got my interest in the first few pages and held it right through till the end.

    21. For Emma Shay Compton, life should be perfect. She has a rich, successful husband, life among the glittering ton of New York City and one as far as removed from her hometown in Sonoma County. Then it all crashes down on her with the indictment of her husband in a ponzi scheme that had him making millions off of others and Emma is devastated by the lie that was her life. When she is cleared of any wrong doing, she moves across the country back to her hometown and tries to pick up the pieces. But [...]

    22. This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.Emma's husband has been found guilty of stealing from his clients. He realized he would lose it all so he killed himself. Now, Emma has to live with the crimes her dead husband committed. She has nothing so the little she has left, she takes to the town where she grew up to start over. Even in her town, people accuse her of having money stored away that belonged to the clients. In search of a job, she reconnects with her former best frien [...]

    23. Emma Shay Compton's marriage to big-time financier falls apart when he is convicted of bilking his clients (ala Bernie Madoff) out of their life savings. Emma is devastated by his betrayal, of which she had no idea. But many people and the media believe she is hiding money and so she is a pariah as well.All she is left with is a few kitchen tools, and she moves back home to Sonoma County. Her father died years ago, and his second wife, who treated Emma badly, wants nothing to do with her. Emma t [...]

    24. 2 1/2 stars. Gripe #1: I'm sorry was I supposed to feel sorry for Riley? She sleeps her with her best friend's boyfriend and then blames everyone else? She's so bitter and mean and she makes it sound like Emma did her a personal wrong by cutting off contact with her. You slept with her boyfriend. She had every right to never want to talk to you again. I had zero sympathy for her most of the book. Everyone is trying and she's running off blaming everyone and not taking any of the blame.Gripe #2: [...]

    25. O carte extraordinară despre prietenie, loialitate, trădare, tărie de caracter, oportunități și putere de a lua totul de la capăt și, mai presus de toate, o carte cu și despre iubire și despre a crede într-o nouă șansă. Iar atunci când crezi în ceva din toate puterile, pare că însăși soarta e dispusă să-ți mai dea o șansă, dacă știi s-o primești. În prim planul acțiunii o avem pe Emma Shay, o tânără trecută de 30 de ani, pe care o cunoaștem într-un moment deva [...]

    26. A decent read, but this book didn't speak to me that much. The plot is interesting with two once-best friends falling out over a guy and estranged for 18 years; one once climbed to the height of celebrity and then had a miserable downfall while the other picked up herself and established a successful company. Those two best friends, Emma and Riley's lives are narrated in detail, readers can see what they had gone through. I also found it realistic that their pride, regardless of them both insist [...]

    27. I really liked the book and the plot and all the typical parts of a Robyn Carr book. However, I ended up not liking the main character Emma very much. I cheered for her when she returned home after a disastrous marriage - think Bernie Madoff - and I was behind her 100% while she was trying to get herself settled. But once she started meddling in affairs while on the job, her character became too self-righteous. The 16-year feud she had with her best friend Riley - that was ok. I didn't care for [...]

    28. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Emma, money lost and having to start over, with everyone (well almost everyone) looking at her suspiciously and some hating upon her in foul ways. Her husband had unbeknown to her a ponzi scheme going and so many people lost their money.When Emma returns home she finds it difficult to get a job because of all that has gone on. However one family and a few friends support her through the worst. So there you have it, good friendship and loving family. No wait! It [...]

    29. I won an ARC through a Giveaway. Meh. I honestly don't have too much to say about this oneWhen Emma's husband commits suicide after getting in some serious legal trouble, Emma travels back home. Problem is she has no actual family, and she burnt her bridges with her best friend, Riley, years ago. This book is basically Emma's journey (who has lived a rich and lavish lifestyle for years) as she tries to rebuild her life, and reluctantly tries to repair her friendship with Riley. I think my only [...]

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