Hilderbrand does a wonderful job of painting a picture of a confused and angry, yet lovestruck wife. She reminds us of the extent women will go to to protect their husbands, even if their husbands are in the wrong. The incorporation of past events is woven seamlessly into the present and all of the details and characters are crucial to the plot. There are a few instances in which further information is needed, but all in all it is a solid story.
Meredith Delinn had the rug pulled out from under her when her husband was arrested for fraud and embezzlement. After he’s sentenced to 150 years, the authorities start to look at her and suspect her involvement. With the press breathing down her neck and communication with her children forbidden, Meredith turns to her childhood friend, Connie, who takes her away to a beach house for the summer. That summer will open Meredith’s eyes to the reality of her marriage and the truth about what’s really important in life. (REAGAN ARTHUR, Jun., 416 pp., $26.99)