A Leg Up by Wendy J. Reber
Published by Fifth Ink Publishing on May 15, 2017
Series: Legs of Life, #2
Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary
Format & Pages: e-book, 285
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Thanks to hospital issued drugs, Eunice Barner has been fast asleep for four or five days. When she wakes up, sixteen pounds of her are missing–her right leg from the knee down. Before the accident, Eunice’s lover of seven years left her for no apparent reason; a six year old, Petra, bobbing in his wake. Years later, her newly beloved spouse dies unexpectedly, her home is broken in to, her daughter is threatened, and then she loses a limb while trying to put back the pieces of your life and working hard on the job. The heroine’s plate runneth over in the novel, “A Leg Up,” as Eunice Barner leads by example and cultivates a higher plan. However, someone is skulking around aiming to foil this plan.
A love story between mother and daughter culminating in the best revenge—success and happiness—rather than succumbing to trials and tribulations that tests them to their cores.
A Leg Up is a companion story and the second in The Legs of Life series. I read and ultimately enjoyed the first book, A Long Legged Life, but as you can see from my review here, the style of storytelling was very much stream of consciousness as the majority was the main character dreaming about her life. Given how that book unfolded, I was curious to see if this one would be in the same format.
In some ways, these books were very similar. A Leg Up focuses on Eunice, a side character from the first novel, and her life with her daughter, Petra. Much like the first book, the bulk of this one is a flashback that serves as a window into our main characters’ lives. What was different is this one was more focused, with a more definitive beginning and ending.
While the overall plot arc was more tightly defined here, a lot of this book read more like a story that someone would tell you, rather than a typical novel structure with established scenes. I also had some technical and grammatical issues, but overall, the writing was more polished here as Reber began to find her stride.
On the whole, I did enjoy this story but it was a less emotional read for me, making this a solid three rating. I do look forward to see how Reber continues this series in On Her Last Leg. Best for readers who enjoy savoring character driven stories with some plot driven elements. Available now on kindle and nook for $2.99.
*Thanks to the author for providing an arc of this edition in exchange for an honest review.