Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paige – The Newport Ladies Book Club by Annette Lyon.

This is the third book in a series of four stand-alone books, by four different authors. They are all from the same time period and the same book club meetings. But only with reading all 4 books, will you learn the whole story of each of the women.

 It took me until this time to realize that although I had read about Paige I didn’t have a clue what was really going on in her life. Then I thought back to the other two books – Olivia and Daisy. Reading those books brought a deeper understand about each of them. While reading these books I have met the women from the book club, the way I meet those women at my book club meetings. Reading about the same incident from one women’s point of view is way different than from someone else’s point of view. We can be at the same meeting and what happens in our eyes is different than what the other person sees.

When I read Olivia I discovered that on the outside she was a perfect wife and mother, but somehow along the way she had forgot to develop her own identity. At first glance Olivia thought that Daisy’s clothes were creased in the right places, Athena had a look of togetherness about her, and Paige was young and sweet looking.

 Then when I read Daisy she thought that Livvy (Olivia) was close to her own age, but she seemed flustered. Paige was very young and seemed a little overwhelmed, and Daisy envied her athletic body, but Daisy had a distinct impression that Athena didn’t like being put on the spot. Reading these three books I have found that there is more to Daisy and Paige than Olivia first saw.  

 When Paige attended the first book club meeting she felt very insecure. Athena seemed to be a confident woman, Daisy was also confident and wore tailored clothing, and Livvy had a masklike smile and Paige felt that Livvy was holding in her emotions and might crack if she did anything more than maintain a polite demeanor.

 Paige with Nathan her three year old son, and Shawn who was six, fled to Newport, California to escape the people in Utah after her divorce from an unfaithful husband. Things are not easy for her. She finds a job which helps financially, but it’s the friends from the book club who help her realize how strong she is and who giver her support to carry on as she faces the challenges of being a single mom.

 This is a great book and I’m sure everyone will enjoy reading about Paige as she wonders if she can ever trust a man or love again. She learns that healing from the past requires more than a change of address.