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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Starter Wife by Bethany Lopez is a romance novel that encourages second chances in love and the obstacles that follow this journey. Although Whitney tried therapy to handle her emotions better and help her move on in life, she still struggled to trust men. After her husband of more than twenty years of marriage cheated on her, who can blame her reluctance? Yet, when she meets the handsome Luca, she cannot deny the sparks flying all around her. She wants to give love another chance, but the fear of getting hurt again overwhelms her. While she can do nothing more than take it slowly, Luca wishes to start a new life with her and her kids as soon as possible. The mismatch in their emotional standing puts this fledgling romance at risk.
Bethany Lopez's portrayal of characters is on-point. She never loses sight of their nature, apprehensions, desires, and passions. By taking advantage of the human tendency to deviate from their beliefs, Bethany Lopez has infused sufficient drama into the plot. Women whose partners have cheated on them will identify with Whitney. As she takes baby steps toward a second chance, they will both cheer her on and understand her. Whitney and Luca's accidental meetings were predictable, but that didn't take away from the beautiful experience of watching a budding romance bloom. Even though there are a couple of comic moments, Starter Wife by Bethany Lopez is a fast-paced story of second chances, friendships, cocktails, and love.