Stella Makes Good by Lisa Heidke is the perfect combination of conflicts, romance and suburban living. Central character Stella and her friends Carly and Jesse are riding life’s roller-coaster when one night, all their lives are turned upside down.
Stella works full-time at the local library and is dealing with her recent amicable separation from her husband, while juggling two teenage children and a mother-in-law who isn’t quiteÂ meddlesome, yet somehow manages to get involved in Stella’s day-to-day life.
Carly’s feeling the early onset of “empty nest syndrome” due to her eldest son having left for a gap year, while her younger son continues at school and is constantly out co-curricular activities or with friends. Her husband appears to be more interested in his work than their marriage and Carly finds the best way to deal with things is with a glass a wine, or two.
The there’s Jesse who’sÂ juggling her control freak husband, meddling mother and infant children, while trying to hold down a part timeÂ Â job with Stella at the library.
Set in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, Stella Makes Good makes Desperate Housewives look like Playschool! Filled with drama, romance and intrigue, the novel beautifully deals with some rather big issues in a relaxed way.
All three women face their own private battles, but it is through their connections with one another they are able to work through and overcome them. Stella Makes Good is a great book to snuggle in bed with and is a real page turner, especially if you’ve ever lived on orÂ familiarÂ with the North Shore of Sydney!
Highlighting the importance of female relationships, Stella Makes Good is a novel you’ll want to share with your girlfriends (and would make a great book-club book!)
AvailableÂ now: Allen & Unwin RRP$29.99