Review: Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews

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☆☆➹⁀☆3.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!
Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.

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My Thoughts:

Ladies Night is entertaining, light chick lit. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to tell a good story with a balance of humor and tragedy. Her story is brought to life by the excellent narration of Kathleen McInerney.

While the story focuses mainly on Grace Stanton, readers get the story of her fellow divorce recovery group attendees as well. Each of these soon-to-be divorcees has suffered through horrible marriages and an angry, biased, crooked divorce-court judge, and now they’re stuck in group therapy with a seemingly stoned therapist.

Letting go and moving on is a good theme however, in a story like this, payback/karma/revenge would be much more satisfying. I appreciated Grace’s personal growth and self-discovery, but it would have been great if her dastardly, cheating ex-husband got what was coming to him. Perhaps that is Ms. Andrews’ point—moving on means letting go, controlling one’s response, and taking the higher road.

Grace Stanton is a wildly successful lifestyle blogger. She came from nothing, but presents herself as if she has always been surrounded by the finer things in life. Oh, what to say about this character? She seems smart, but she hands over full control of her business (blog) to her husband. Granted she assumes they’re in this together for life, but what modern woman wouldn’t insist that her name be on all the legal documents? She seems strong, but she rolls over every time her cheating husband and assistant thwart her efforts. She is talented, but she has become a snob. As despicable as her ex-husband is, Grace really needed a wrench thrown into her works to get her back on track.

I loved the other characters in the divorce recovery group. Snobby Grace sees them as wacky, but they eventually become supportive friends. Everyone needs an investigative reporter on her side! Wyatt, the sole male in the group, is charming. His soon-to-be ex-wife is no less incorrigible than the other members’ soon to be ex-husbands. While no one is looking to start a new relationship, Grace and Wyatt are thrown together multiple times, and their friendship eventually blooms into a new love relationship.

Ms. Andrew’s story flows well. The characters are charming in a quirky way. There are plenty of people to despise as well as characters to love.  I enjoy the author’s stories of women tackling real issues, with a southern twist of course. Y’all need to read this book.

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