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5/5 STARS – Great book about love and second chances.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Before I started reading this book, a questions intrigued me – who is ‘the kind of woman who has an affair’ as the blurb puts it? Is there such a thing as a kind of person who has affairs? I’ve always thought that circumstances might lead a person to that kind of situation but never thought that cheating could be perceived as a personality trait.
Apparently, that’s also the idea behind ‘Devil’s Playground’. One shouldn’t judge another person’s behavior before all the facts are revealed, and that’s my advice for potential readers. Don’t judge this book only by the blurb and definitely don’t judge it by personal concepts of fidelity. I’ve always thought cheating was wrong and although the author didn’t make me change my mind about this, she actually made me realize things are not as black and white as I’d like to think they are. Since I’ve never been in the same spot as the characters in ‘Devil’s Playground’ are I can’t say they’re wrong. Circumstances did put them together and they did fight temptation at first. Moreover, this book isn’t about infidelity, it’s about losing oneself and finding one’s way again. It’s about second chances and love. It’s about feelings and family. If you doubt me, read the last two paragraphs of the acknowledgments. Well-done, Eliza Freed. I can’t wait for The Lion’s Den.
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The Devil’s Playground by Eliza Freed
(The Faraway Series, #1)
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Former U.S. Attorney, Meredith Walsh, took some time off to raise her children. But the time took away everything she once trusted about herself. She’s lost within the mundane confines of her children’s schedules of lacrosse, soccer, Cub Scouts, and math facts. Desperate for a sliver of her former passion, and isolated in the small town her corporate husband relocated her to, she counsels herself on risking her family for the rush of a fling.
But Vincent Pratt, the local chief of police, weakens Meredith’s abhorrence of affairs and her dedication to her family. With him, she finds a new version of herself, one capable of contributing in her new world, and thriving in her lonely home. In spite of the fact, she’s not the kind of woman who has an affair.
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.