The Other Wives Club is a novel by Shari Low. It follows an unusual vacation where Drew Gold decides to celebrate his 50th birthday by taking his entire family on vacation. He brings his children, his wife, his grandchildren – and his two ex-wives.
Amy’s Rating: 3/5
I can’t resist bizarre human interactions. When I read the premise I was instantly intrigued, not only to see how the whole vacation would go, but also to see why the ex-wives were invited and why they were exes to begin with.
There was a lot to like about this book, including readability and several of the main characters. It was fun to see female friendships form under tense circumstances that might push many women – real or fictional – apart, and even the outright “villain” maintained a certain amount of humanity, although her flaws fell a little too much into stereotypes for me, such as caring too much about her appearance and having too many things on her body be “fake”. Still, she was a complete human, just a selfish one, and I was glad the author took some mercy on her fate.
The story structure was a little unbalanced for me. The chapters were too short to really get into a flow, and the changing points-of-view were a little jarring at times. Many of the romance plotlines felt rushed, which makes sense as the majority of the book took place on a cruise, but it did decrease the feeling of payoff in some cases. I also felt the husband got off a little easy narratively, being shown as a pretty good person, even though he deeply mistreated each wife in and never really seemed to regret it.
Still, I did enjoy this book and would like to read more from Shari Low. The Other Wives Club has humor as well as wry, real-life observations about life, both of which I deeply enjoy. I recommend it to anyone interested in the premise, especially if you want to fantasize about a cruise.
About the Reviewer
Amy Spitzfaden loves reading all things real-world. From contemporary, to chick-lit, to mystery, she enjoys seeing all the crazy things that could happen on this earth, and the way people overcome their unique and universal struggles. While she’s a sucker for a happy ending, she considers anything with growth and real emotion worth reading. Sometimes complicated endings are the best!
Amy is the author of Untold and Fingerprinted Hearts, with her third novel It’s Funny You Mentioned Chloe… coming soon. In her spare time she likes to drink tea, take baths, and contemplate all the ways human relationships are just really freaking weird.