Shelby’s Way reads very much like a melodrama and keeps the reader guessing all the way throughout the book.
Set in Los Angeles, Shelby’s Way follows the trials and tribulations of Shelby Carpenter, a beautiful young woman who is married to a Hollywood stuntman, Boyd.
Right at the beginning of the book Boyd disappears after a party, he was last seen with a divorcee named Nancy and he leaves Shelby for her. His deceitful actions leave Shelby feeling shocked and betrayed. Shelby and Boyd have an 8 year old daughter, Pamela, and to make ends meet Shelby must get a job.
As Shelby learns to stand on her own two feet three men come into her life and their lives are intertwined because of her. The first man, Sidney, is a married author who is famous and a lot older than Shelby. She leans heavily on Sidney for emotional support in the days, weeks and months after Boyd leaves her.
The second man, Jeremy, is another married man, a lawyer, who is smitten with her from the moment he meets her. The third man, Marc, is a family friend, recently divorced and a successful screenwriter.
Shelby reminded me a lot of Scarlett O’ Hara, whether that was intended or not, that’s who I envisaged as I read this book. Like Scarlett, Shelby has a good heart and uses her femininity to get on in life. Shelby isn’t malicious, nor is she a loose woman, she is very attractive and men seem to fall over themselves to help her.
The story seems a little confusing at times, there are a lot of different threads being weaved and it isn’t until they all come together at the end that everything makes sense.
Shelby’s Way is a lighthearted read that centres around the lifestyle of lesser known people in Hollywood and the surrounding area. It has scandal and heartache and despite her ditziness, you can’t help rooting for Shelby.
Anyone looking for a lighthearted read will love this book.
4 stars. ****
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