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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Rich White Trash by Judi Taylor Cantor is a family drama where the Landry family is tested beyond their imagination. Set in Austin, Texas, this is the story of the Landry family as they navigate life while facing the challenges of the time. The affluent family owns 700 acres in the countryside just outside of Austin. VF Landry, the patriarch of the family, oversees all while his wife Virginia minds her own business and her own life. With 8 children in tow, maintaining peace and good relationships between the family is very hard. While VF Landry is stuck in local politics, Virginia uses a heavy hand on their children. The five girls and three boys are determined to change their lives. They aren’t shy of making trouble, even if it shakes the foundations of their family. However, soon the 8 young Landrys realize why familial bonds are important, and having a dysfunctional family is not the best option for them when they are about to lose their patriarch.
There is mystery, romance, drama, politics, and religion in Rich White Trash by Judi Taylor Cantor. This is a family drama with plenty of action to keep the reader hooked while being mesmerized by the narrative style. The author’s no holds barred approach makes the story for me. The characters aren’t the best people and the author does not sugar coat their flaws at all. They are smarmy at times; they take advantage of their social status and the Landry kids are not afraid to get their own way. Of course, some are better than the others; I like Mary the best because she thinks with her mind and not her heart. This story is a perfect example of how having everything can be painful. The family was crazy at best and chaotic at worst. Their family is dysfunctional and they know it. It was the right amount of crazy and real enough to make it entertaining. I highly recommend this novel to people who like to read more realistic stories with characters that they can connect with.