Julia Becker’s life isn’t following the pattern she expected. Her marriage has disintegrated, her job is precarious and her best friend doesn’t understand her need for change. She is balancing precariously on the Precipice. Along comes Wesley. Sexy, sensitive and smart – he unintentionally lures Julia away from all that’s wrong in her life. Unfortunately, instead of basking in his attention and love, Julia is torn between her duties as a wife in a loveless marriage and her loyalty to her best friend Kris, who has also fallen for Wesley’s charms.
Simply written, in a style indicative of storytelling, this book takes the reader through Julia’s emotional journey. From confused, stuck-in-a-rut housewife to confident lover, she grows and changes as the story progresses. Julia is faced with difficult decisions that test her strength of character and force her to search within herself for truth. In the end, it’s not a question of “what’s right or wrong” – it’s about need and being true to herself.
I had the privilege of reading this book twice. The first time (the original version), it was “good”. The writing was clean and the characters were believable, but it wasn’t spectacular. The second time, I was amazed at what a few small tweaks could do. The story line is the same, but the characterization is more dynamic, the relationships are more “real” and I felt compelled to read through to the end even though I already knew what was going to happen.
Melissa’s narrative style reminds me of sitting in a room with close friends and listening to them talk of their childhood antics, how they met their husbands, and their dreams for the future. It’s comfortable, something you can sink into to escape your own reality.
Melissa Luznicky Garett is an author of adult and young adult novels. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and numerous animals. Melissa is currently hard at work on her next project. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and her blog “Someday When I’m Famous”.