There is so much for me to relate to in Love, Me! Rachel is a successful lawyer juggling the pressures of children and family and her demanding law firm job. I finished this book in just a few days (which is quick for me these days!) and throughly enjoyed it.
Rachel’s first love from high school suddenly comes back into her life, but the twist on the familiar “what-if” scenario here is that her former boyfriend Jack is now a very popular actor. The cracks in Rachel’s marriage begin to show when old photos and letters from Jack are leaked online and cause a huge scandal. The sudden publicity and attention on Rachel and her family leads to conflicts with her husband and her friends.
Rachel and Jack had a great love once and Jack seems eager to explore a relationship with Rachel once again. Will she stay in an unhappy marriage, or will she allow Jack back into her life? Jessica Saunders writes in short, snappy chapters and I was completely captivated by Rachel. The author is a lawyer herself and it shows! This is a highly entertaining debut novel that explores marriage, fame and relationships with very unexpected results.
The ending was somewhat ambiguous, but I felt it fit perfectly with the narrative. It was not neat and tidy but more representative of real-life choices. I also loved the Jewish representation in this book. This is a second-chance romance that is well worth your attention.
About the Book:
A pitch-perfect exploration of modern married life, Jessica Saunders’s deliciously readable novel embraces the truth that some old flames can’t be snuffed out, no matter how many years go by.
Rachel Miller is a lawyer and mother of two who’s just as comfortable in a courtroom as she is on the sidelines of a soccer field. Sure, her marriage is on autopilot, her parents are overly involved, and the other suburban moms are just a little bit catty. But if you ask Rachel, life is good. That is until her world is upended when racy photos of her and her high school boyfriend, the famous actor Jack Bellow—along with his love letters to her—are published in a tabloid, unexpectedly thrusting Rachel into the spotlight. This newfound attention calls into question her marriage, her career, and her superstar ex. Betrayed by someone she trusted and reunited with the man she tried so hard to forget, Rachel must ask herself, “How did I get here? And what do I really want?”