Book Review: Elizabeth Waite's 'There Will Be Better Days'
Better days indeed, for Chloe. Protagonist, heroine, whichever name you wish to give her; she’s a lucky, lucky girl. From a back street childhood where she sees how appalling life can be and vows not to succumb to the grot, she becomes a ‘P.A’ to a charmer of a boss who’s charmed by her youthful innocence, and ends up with a small fortune as a reward for her ‘indiscretions’ (euphemism!) when he decides to end his invalid wife’s suffering and commits suicide thereafter. A twist of fate provides her with yes, another lover with influence. You’ll perhaps know (if from hearsay rather than actuality) something of the backdrop from “fifty somethings of an indeterminate colour” - well, our Chloe goes through quite a wardrobe of dresses and undies, which seem to fall off, or get removed, quite often. Perhaps the intriguing aspect to this tale is working out what she’ll wear next, or the constant worry in the back of your mind that something dreadful will happen to the girl, as it all sounds too good to be true. Fear not, for she becomes actual mum to two children and acting as occasional foster mum to another. It’s a relationship tale of a rather sickly sweet nature, but then, if you try, girls, you might get lucky and find the well-heeled man of your dreams. And guys, you can read and dream-on too, for she comes across as a rather too lovable gal. All this said, it’s a nice read from a veteran lady story-teller.
Published by Sphere, RRP £7.99
Review by Bruce Edwards
Posted on 03/04/2015
by Natasha McGregor