Gracious Living Without Servants by Brenda Cronin
Published by Stoneslide Books
Trade paperback, 376 pages
Juliet has done the right thing all her life, and where’s it gotten her? She’s a thirty-year-old widow who’s had to move in with her parents. Things start to look up when her glamorous—but married and much older—neighbour Seth seems to be flirting with her and his wife helps her land a job at a local paper. Then she’s assigned to investigate Seth’s wife. Juliet is quickly immersed in lies, manipulation, and a deepening sex scandal. But she feels alive for the first time in a long time.
Maybe she needs to do the wrong thing for once. Or maybe she’s headed for disaster.
It was interesting to think of the awkward situation Juliet is put into with having a relationship with a married man, and at the same time investigating his wife. This is not a situation I can relate to AT ALL but the tension was intense. I found it slow to get into the thick of the plot. I personally think that a girl who is married at such a young age would value family and tradition, therefor making it unlikely that she would so carelessly move into an adulterous relationship. Many hot topics are brought up in this book. The double standard when it comes to having an affair being acceptable for men, but atrocious for a woman being the main thread of the story. I found Gracious Living to be well described, almost to a fault. There are a lot of sexual scenes and detailed descriptions. If this book were a movie, it would be rated R