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When Life Gives You Lululemons Kindle Edition
Emily Charlton is back. Bestselling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a deliciously entertaining new novel starring fan favourite from The Devil Wears Prada.
*Published in the UK as The Wives*
Don’t get mad. Get Emily.
Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. A successful stylist and image consultant to Hollywood stars, she cut her teeth as assistant to legendary fashion editor Miranda Priestly in New York. But with social media-obsessed millennials stealing her clients, Emily needs to get back in the game – and fast.
She holes up at the home of her oldest friend Miriam in the upscale suburb of Greenwich. And when Miriam’s friend, model Karolina Hartwell, is publicly dumped by her husband Graham, a senator with presidential ambitions, Emily scents the client of a lifetime.
It’s not just Karolina’s reputation that’s ruined. It’s her family. And Miriam and Emily are determined he won’t get away with it. First they’ll get Karolina’s son back. Then they’ll help her get her own back.
Because when life gives you lemons, buy tequila . . .
‘Feisty, funny and dishes up glamour and scandal in spades. Just what I want for my poolside read’, Adele Parks, Glamour
‘The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily gets the spin-off she deserves’ Cosmopolitan
‘Bliss’ Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail
‘An undeniably fun, escapist page-turner’ Sunday Times Culture
‘Fast-paced, funny, and gossipy . . . the must-have accessory for your beach bag’ Popsugar
‘If you ever wondered what happened to the Miranda Priestly's assistant from the "Devil Wears Prada," you'll love this amazing novel’ Washington Post
‘Lauren Weisberger has the sharpest, wittiest eye…I love her books’ Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Endless Beach
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this. Real Housewives meets The Good Wife’ Margaret Madden, Sunday Independent
‘Hilariously skewers affluent suburbia…such a witty, well-observed world’ Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters
‘Her best since The Devil Wears Prada’ Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and All We Ever Wanted
‘The Wives is very very funny . . . You couldn’t ask for a better beach read’ Belfast Telegraph
‘Female solidarity is at the heart of this delicious page-turner. Entertaining, sexy and laugh out loud funny’ Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling authors of The Wife Between Us
‘Wildly entertaining’ Evening Standard
‘Fierce . . . Themes of friendship, motherhood and empowerment give this book its beating heart, but the brilliant characters kept us reading’ Heat
‘Expect gossip, glamour and lashings of female solidarity’ Metro
‘Hugely entertaining…add laughs to all the warm-and-fuzzy female solidarity and it makes for a pretty great time’ TIME
‘Juicy and delicious’ Kirkus Reviews
‘A fun, light read that would be perfect for laying out by the pool or on the beach’ BookRiot--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B07B2NYV7R
- Publisher : HarperCollins (5 June 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 837 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 68,746 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Karolina, a former model, married to a senator, soon to announce his run for President is arrested for drunk driving, while with her son and his friends however she isn’t drunk. Her world is turned upside down. Shunned by her friends, torn from the child she loves, and the husband whom she thought loved her.
Emily the former sassy assistant to the evil Miranda Priestly, is now in LA running her own business. Miriam is Emily’s good friend, a Harvard-educated power-house corporate attorney, who has had enough and wants to try her hand as a stay-at-home suburban motherhood with her three young kids but didn’t realise the major adjustment it would entail such as making new friends and fitting in with head-to-toe every day Lululemon clad fellow mothers whose main occupation is vaginal reconstructive surgery and lots of day drinking. Emily comes to visit to help Miriam only to find her friend Karolina in trouble...
This book was fun & captivating from start to finish. In upscale Greenwich these three women come together, each struggling with something and make for a hoot of a story. Lauren Weisberger has done it again!
Karolina’s husband, far from being supportive, seems keen to distance himself from his wife, so naturally Emily and Miriam step in to buoy her up, rescue her reputation and sleuth their way to a satisfactory conclusion. Emily decrees that Karolina’s best course of action is to take the accusations of alcoholism on the chin and disappear for a while, hinting at rehab. Given the irregularities surrounding the arrest, this seems a weak plot point. Given the wealth and power available, surely it would have made better sense to uncover the police corruption and who organised it? This does eventually happen. Anyhoo ... we get a portrait of wealthy suburban folks where the women are super glamorous thanks to lots of surgery and have to be constantly on the lookout for cheating husbands, where birthday parties for five year olds are completely over the top extravaganzas that would feed a small country and where no expense (or drugs) are spared on neighbourhood parties. While we might get a frisson from these insights into the lives and accoutrements of the shallowly wealthy, you have to wonder what strange planet this is. While formerly middle class Syrians are escaping their war torn country in rubber boats, there are doctors busily stitching vaginas to suit the dimensions of a husbandly penis.
While Karolina’s husband is painted all black, the husbands of Miriam and Emily (whose work is never delineated) are painted loyal and caring in a way that makes them unreal. The scary Miranda Priestly makes an entrance and is instrumental in seeing the senator get his comeuppance. It’s a feisty, fun, voyeuristic read if you can overlook a certain thinness in characterisation and plot and if nothing else, will make you glad you’re not one of those people.