Under the Influence

Under the Influence

Large Print - 2016
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Struggling to make ends meet after alcoholism costs her her marriage and custody of her young son, photographer Helen slowly rebuilds her life before falling into the circle of a philanthropist couple whose help exacts a terrible price.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062257765
0062257765
Branch Call Number: LPF MAYNARD, JOYCE
Characteristics: 479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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peggy_15
Sep 14, 2017

I skimmed a lot of this book. I guess it held my attention to the point I stayed with it to see what the great betrayal would be. The facts of the betrayal were not entirely predictable mostly because I expected it to be even worse and premeditated. Also, why would she think these people were wonderful and generous. The daughter of their (almost) lifelong housekeeper was struggling to pay for college. Her mother was anxious for her to become a doctor. The girl was smart and hardworking. According to their lifestyle, it would have been a drop in the bucket for them to put her through college. Wouldn't you be surprised they didn't.

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MillieBT
Feb 28, 2017

From the beginning of this novel it has a tone of disaster waiting to happen........it's a story of friendship, love, loss and betrayal---and the lengths one will go to be accepted and approved of...."Love doesn't come and go when it's real. Love is supposed to be constant." EXCELLENT!!!!

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bookie66
Jan 22, 2017

A story of a family but wow.....so well told......you're drawn into this so quickly. So glad I picked this off the shelf.

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abcDena
Jan 20, 2017

I've been eyeballing this book on the shelves of my library since May, probably, and finally picked it up this month. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Real life got in the way of me finishing this in one gulp, but it was still like running downhill at dusk. I couldn't wait to find out what horrible thing I felt in my BONES was going to happen at the bottom of that hill. Immerse yourself in the story of Sven Gali-like rich couple, the Havilands, and a down-on-her-luck recovering drunk, Helen, who's recently lost custody of her young son.

I was pleasantly surprised by Maynard's ability to suck me into this seemingly plain old story. Outstanding. Can't wait to read more from her.

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dcafk
Apr 13, 2016

This is an outstanding novel. I read it in one sitting, staying awake until 2:00 a.m. because I couldn't bear to stop reading.

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