Deconstructed by Liz Talley #AmazonFirstReads #BookReview

“Antique-store owner Cricket Crosby’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that the rumors of her husband’s affair aren’t just leisurely southern gossip. Her plan: hire an investigator; find an attorney; enlist the help of her new assistant, Ruby; and make her husband pay.

Ruby knows how quickly everything changes. After a dicey past, she’s determined to forge a new future by working for Cricket and reinventing herself as a designer, deconstructing vintage haute couture. If anybody can help mend a few tears in Cricket’s life, she can.

But turns out Cricket’s life isn’t just a little torn. It’s wrinkled, stained, and falling apart at the seams. With Ruby and her ragtag relatives—a soused PI and a hunky tow truck driver—Cricket is sleuthing her way to the truth, no matter how dangerous it gets.

Sure, Cricket’s life isn’t what she imagined. But she’s embracing change and figuring out what she really wants. And that’s kind of fabulous.”

Deconstructed (Amazon) was an Amazon First Reads book a few months back, and normally I don’t get around to reading these freebies. But this year I’m trying to do better with my TBR pile and managed to fit this book in between readings of Nancy Drew books.

Let’s set the record straight first, though. Amazon categorized this as General Fiction when in fact it’s Chick Lit, something that would have made me not choose this book because in general, I do not like that type of book. But there’s a certain charm to this book that made me glad to read it.

Cricket and Ruby have completely different backgrounds but work well together. Ruby is dealing with her past while Cricket is dealing with her present life. The two women are well-developed throughout the story and their growth is seen by the end of the book. I tend to like books where women find their inner strength after facing adversity, and there’s plenty of that in this book.

Not normally the type of book I read, but I’m glad I did. I’ll have to check out more Liz Talley books in the future.

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