Author: Samantha Wilde
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Review Source: NetGalley/Random House
★ ☆★ – 3 Stars
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
I’ll Take What She Has is all about friendship, infertility, parenting, motherhood, and resentment. You go through the book learning about Nora and Annie’s relationship, how they have been friends for a long time, and then how resentment sets in.
I found that, the story was becoming boring, it was repeat over, and over. There really wasn’t a point where I wanted to learn more about the “characters”. Soem of the topics throughout the book a lot of people deal with in real life. I just didn’t find it to be an absolute turn pager for me. However, if you love chic-lit, drama, and repeat of some topics you might enjoy this book!
About the Author: (Goodreads)
Samantha is the mother of three small children born in about four years which means she spends a great deal of time cleaning crumbs up from underneath her kitchen table. Her first novel, This Little Mommy Stayed Home, helped a lot of new mothers make it through the long, sleep-deprived night. She learned a great deal about fiction writing from her mother, novelist, Nancy Thayer, who is still her first reader for everything she writes.
Her second novel, I’ll Take What She Has, deals with motherhood, friendship and envy. Some days Sam envies people with clean houses (some days she doesn’t).
She’s an ordained minister, a yoga teacher, a passionate reader, and a bit of a technophobe, which is why it took her about three years to figure out Goodreads.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Random House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.