By Kristin Billerbeck
Published by Avon Inspired, Sept 4, 2007
Haley Cutler is the consummate trophy wife. Perhaps was is the more accurate term. Haley married Prince Charming when she was only twenty—back in the day when highlights came from an afternoon at the beach, not three hours in the salon.
Unfortunately, after seven years as Jay Cutler's wife, a role that provided significance and what she thought was love, Jay walks out, and Haley finds herself with few life skills that translate to the real world, not to mention a sense of amnesia about who she used to be. But before Haley can find her way, she must meet with Jay's lawyer, the strikingly handsome Hamilton Lowe. Although she can't stand his self-righteous contempt for her divorce, she takes his suggestion to attend a group at his church called "The Trophy Wives Club" a Bible study composed of women who have been dealt a raw deal. Haley's never been into the whole Jesus thing but could really use some friends to walk her through this phase (how do you apply for a credit card anyway?)
As Haley begins to realize that she really can stand on her own two feet, she also learns that sometimes in losing we find the real reward ...
Billerbeck tackles a hard subject with humor and a tremendous amount of insight. Haley doesn't trust the church. And if Hamilton's attitude is any indication, why should she? Haley's excursion into the Trophy Wives Club wasn't at all what I expected. Haley doesn't roll over and play little Christian. She's tough and I liked her. For chick lit, this little book packs a punch.
Billerbeck doesn't deliver a soapbox sermon but weaves the spiritual thread in so subtly, it rings with authenticity. The Trophy Wives Club will make you laugh, do a little introspection, and laugh some more. Great characters, a surprising plot, and definitely a great read.
Reviewed by Ane Mulligan