by Eileen Rendahl

May 2005
ISBN: 0-7434-7115-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Downtown Press
Trade Paperback

Balancing in High Heels by Eileen Rendahl is considered to be a chick lit book. If chick lit isnít your typical genre then you might have to break your genre mold and try Balancing in High Heels.

Alissa Lindley is a defense attorney, a job I think anyone would find stressful not to mention occasionally maddening causing one to have the occasional temper tantrum. To this add that Alissaís husband Thomas has filed for divorce and wants it expedited so that he may marry his pregnant mistress. You can see where her anger level might be at a level that is hard to control.

Therefore it should be no surprise that Alissa has been ordered to take a mandatory anger management class. It is her anger management workbook that begins each chapter. The tips are great, and Alissaís responses are written with humor that will bring a smile to the lips of anyone whose ever experienced anger.

Feeling down and out it doesnít take a lot to convince Alissa to return home to San Jose. Itís in San Jose where she plans on getting her life together and starting anew surrounded by family and her best friend Kathleen. She buys a condo and signs up to work overflow cases for the Public Defenderís office. She is also working on figuring out where she fits in the family dynamics since life has changed with her fatherís death and her motherís failing health.

Her first case changes her life in rather unexpected ways. Alissa bonds with her client in a way that I donít think she bonded with clients previously, and if a defense attorney and a client can become friends they do. It is in the course of defending Sheila that Alissa meets Detective EJ Rodriguez. Will she soon be defending a relationship between the two of them with her mother? What changes will be in store for all the women in Alissaís close circle of family and friends?

For the answers to these and other pressing questions youíll have to read Balancing in High Heels for yourself. I read Ms. Rendahlís previous book Do Me Do My Roots, and find her writing style brings a smile to my face and her characters are ones to whom I can easily relate. I shall be eagerly anticipating her next release.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Sandi.

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