Item description for Back to Life: A Trophy Wives Club Novel by Kristin Billerbeck...
Overview Grieving for a year after losing her older husband, thirty-five-year-old Lindsey gets unexpected help from the Trophy Wives Club in rebuilding her life, assistance that comes from a particularly surprising source when her late husband's first wife, Jane, spearheads the effort. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Lindsay took to marriage like a starlet to stilettos, but her husband had a deeper love for his business. Left alone after his death, Lindsay must find out who she is when there isn't a party to plan or another person's life to be organized. Can she find her way Back to Life?
Lindsay realized when she married Ron, a man seventeen years her senior, that the odds were he'd see heaven before her, but she never expected to be a widow at thirty-five. She knows there's too much of life remaining for her to just sit around in mourning, but she can't seem to kick-start the rest of her life. Then unexpected help arrives...when Ron's first wife, Jane, shows up at Lindsay's front door.
The executor of their late husband's estate, Jane is everything Lindsay's not: strong, stubborn, independent...and a lot older. There are other surprises as well, including Ron Jr. (whom Jane insists is not "really" Ron's son). But against all odds, a most unlikely friendship begins to develop--as each woman discovers how to own up to her past mistakes and to reevaluate what is really important. Told in the alternating voices of Jane and Lindsay, and featuring the return of many of the unforgettable characters introduced in The Trophy Wives Club, Back to Life is a lighthearted, relatable read about where to turn when life goes in a direction you never planned.
Citations And Professional Reviews Back to Life: A Trophy Wives Club Novel by Kristin Billerbeck has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 09/01/2008 page 64
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Studio: Avon Inspire
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 14, 2014
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0061378771 ISBN13 9780061378775
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More About Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including "What a Girl Wants." A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on "The Today Show" and has been featured in the "New York Times." She lives with her family in northern California.
Kristin Billerbeck currently resides in Silicon Valley Sacramento Sacr, in the state of California.
Kristin Billerbeck has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Back To Life?
A Touchy Subject that Finally Gets Its Due Dec 15, 2009
As I said after reading the first book in this series, I never would have thought to see a Christian fiction book about Trophy Wives. This is because this subject is practically taboo to most Christians and also because a lot of these wives suddenly find themselves divorced.
Why did I really like this story? It's because the characters are flawed and realistic. I am one of those readers who gets really tired of reading about cookie cutter Christians who do all the right things and are practically perfect in every way. While some of those people may exist, it is not real life. The characters in this story have been hurt and are confused about how they should react to that pain. It would be have been very unrealistic for them to immediately turn everything over to God and become happy and forget about their past. It's a little bit odd at first that Jane and Lindsay get along with each other. I'm not sure if I was either woman if I would have wanted to be near the "other woman" in my husband's life. Granted they didn't like each other in the beginning and both were wary and suspicious of each other. Eventually they learn to trust each other and, while not being the best of friends, have been able to become able accept and confide in one another. While this book is not overtly preachy, it is because of faith that these two are able to do this. Otherwise, this story would have taken the path out of a plot from a Desperate Housewives episode.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The cover looks like it's fluffy chick lit but I don't think it fits that genre since the subject matter is more serious. It's not for everyone. Those who think that Christians shouldn't be flawed or that marriages will always have happy endings won't like this book. However if you want a realistic work of fiction that looks deeper at issues that aren't normally talked about in Christian fiction but with a light touch, this book will be perfect for you.
Back To Life Jun 8, 2009
"With faith and Friends there is always light at the end of the tunnel"; this is Lindsay Brindles' hope, in the book Back to Life by Kristin Billerbeck, as she deals with burning guilt and realizes that it is in her own hands to let her conscious be clean. Lindsey Brindle, the main character of the book, is the widow of the wealthy Ron Brindle. Lindsay is not able to cope with the death of her husband even though it has been over a year. The members of her beloved Trophy Wives Club all encourage her to get her life back and start meeting new people. Lindsay can't seem to kick start her life due to the secret that fills her up with guilt even after Ron's death. Lindsay has been trying to justify that she did not marry Ron for money, which she did. She realizes that she learned to love Ron and now knows that money did not buy her happiness. The reader is wound up to Lindsay's apprehension as she lives trapped with this guilt that she keeps to herself in fear of rejection from everyone she cares for. Lindsay's life takes a turn into more complications as Jane, the executor of Ron's estate and his ex wife, shows up at her doorstep. Jane is a much older women who posses qualities that Lindsay does not have. Along with Jane her charming son, Ron Jr enters the picture and develops a most unlikely friendship with Lindsey. Not to mention the return of Jake, her high school sweetheart, who she left for Ron only puts her heart in the front seat of a roller coaster train of emotions. Jane and Lindsey help each other discover a way to own up to their past mistakes and to reevaluate what is really important. Billerbeck tells this encouraging story in the alternating voices of Jane and Lindsay weaving the reader into both characters minds. Back to Life is summer must read as it grasps the attention of any reader who can relate to life's unexpected turns; Showing that when life takes a turn for the worse, faith and friends are an excellent source of aid.
Excellent Read Jan 13, 2009
Highly entertaining read, very well written, good enough I went and bought her Spa Girls series!
A must read Oct 25, 2008
Every woman wants to know that she is loved for who she is not what she looks like. Lindsey Brindle is no different. After losing her husband, she has to get her life back on track by figuring out who she really is and what she wants to do with her life.
This book is the second in the Trophy Wives series. I loved every book Billerbeck has written and this one is no different. She keeps your attention with humor and plot twists. It's full of life as each character has a way to help Lindsey weather the storm. I finished this book in a very short time as I could not put it down. Definitely read this one and share it with your friends.
Kristin Billerbeck does it again! Sep 30, 2008
In this second book of her latest series, The Trophy Wives Club, Kristin Billerbeck cleverly reveals thoughts, emotions and irrational behavior of her female protagonists. And, many women love drama, especially if it's not their own!
Lindsay is a young widow searching for her future like a purring cat seeks a lap. Hungry for affection and attention, she is bound by the uncertainty of what lies ahead. The unannounced arrival of the suitcase-toting ex-wife of her late husband rattles Lindsay's world. She thought she had problems before--now what?
Not only is Jane, the ex, old enough to be Lindsay's mother, she's also different from Lindsay in every way. The one thing they have in common--each had been married to Ron. Unpacked secrets complicate the story--holding the readers' attention.
I enjoyed the contrasting viewpoints of Jane and Lindsay through the alternating chapters. I empathized with first one, and then the other, as they unwittingly helped one another discover how their lives had stalled out a long time ago. Eventually they make necessary changes to get "back to life."
Finding new love in an unsuspecting and at times unbelievable character refocused Lindsay's future. Jane longed to return to her home in Mexico, packing a new faith and freedom for brighter days ahead.
Lindsay had been in love with a man old enough to be her father before she found love in a man her age, and a little too close to Jane. This did not keep me from wanting to turn the page; I just wrestled with this reality.
I'm a fan of Billerbeck's style. Great character development, dialog and writing voice!
Armchair Interviews says: Kristin knows how to write about women's lives.