Liddy James is a self-confessed workaholic but she's perfectly happy with her life. Her ex-husband and his partner Rose are excellent co-parents to her elder son, thirteen-year-old Matty, whilst supernanny Lucia takes care of her younger son, five-year-old Cal, and everything else around the home, leaving Liddy to cement her reputation as one of the best, toughest lawyers in New York. But as Matty's hormones take over and Rose discovers she's pregnant, Liddy's perfect work/life balance suddenly comes under scrutiny.
This is a highly absorbing and engaging read. It wasn't as funny or climactic as I expected but it is really well-written and addictive. I found myself flying through the pages and really enjoying it despite it being far from perfect in terms of characterisation or drama. It is just a really easy story to get lost in. (JC)
The Real Liddy James, by Anne-Marie Casey, is about a far-from-perfect modern superwoman. The synopsis says: "Forty-four, fit and fabulous, Liddy James is one of New York's top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two. Armed with a ruthless reputation and a capsule wardrobe, she glides through the courtrooms and salons of the Manhattan elite with ease. What's her secret? Liddy will tell you: "I don't do guilt!"
This is the last thing literature professor Peter James wants to hear. Devastated by his divorce from Liddy six years earlier, the two have a tangled history his new partner, Rose, is only just sorting out. But Rose is a patient woman with faith in a well-timed miracle and she's determined to be sympathetic to Peter's plight. Together, Liddy, Peter, and Rose have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter's truculent teen and Liddy's darling, if fatherless, six-year-old.
But when Rose announces she's pregnant, Liddy's nanny takes flight, the bill for a roof repair looms, and a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, Liddy realises her days as a guilt-free woman might be over. Following a catastrophic prime-time TV interview, she carts her sons back to Ireland to retrace their family's history. But marooned in the Celtic countryside things are still far from simple, and Liddy will have to come to terms with much more than a stormy neighbour and an unorthodox wedding if she ever hopes to rediscover the real Liddy James." The Real Liddy James is out in August 2016.