Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood playdates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.
Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.
A novel for every woman who has looked at another woman’s life and said, “I want what she has,” She Makes It Look Easy reminds us of the danger of pedestals and the beauty of authentic friendship.
I received this book to review with the CFBA tour. I have been sick on an off for about 7 weeks now and reading got behind. I found this book to be interesting. Its another case of things are not always what they seem. From the outside Justine looks to have everything and be everything other women want to be. She is organised to a fault and even teaches other women how to be organised in their lives, homes and everything they do. Arial is a busy mother of three boys and feels her life is in chaos. Arial and her family move to a better part of town, an area she has wanted to live in for so long believing it will be a better place to live and a better life. Through the book you can see both sides of the story with MaryBeth taking you inside the minds of both women and you soon see Justine has issues. One of the lessons from this book is to not judge people because of who they are as in this case Justine looked to have everything the perfect house, family, everything and Arial felt she was lacking. But we need to follow our intuition and look behind the perfect facade. This is a good book and well worth the read as it tackles and difficult topics that are often swept under the carpet.