Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce.

In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach.

So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public. Along the way, an indispensable ally emerges in one Miranda Priestly.


My Thoughts: I loved the character of Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, so I was eager to see what she is doing now, in her life after Miranda Priestley.

As an image consultant, one would think she would be loving her life, but a few setbacks take her to the East Coast again, to the suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut…to help a friend of a friend.

Alternating narratives in When Life Gives You Lululemons take us through the days and nights of Emily, Karolina, and Miriam, and while often I was bored with what was happening at those suburban parties, I did love the descriptions of the homes, food, and even the clothes…sometimes. There were some startling conversations between the women about various plastic surgery “fixes” that I wasn’t expecting. They woke me up…and then I thought: Seriously?

But Emily was my favorite character, and I loved the way her mind worked. Her plan to take down the evil Graham Hartwell, whose secrets and lies had helped maintain his political life, kept me rapidly turning pages.

After some slow parts, the story sped up and I was eagerly immersed in the lives of Emily, Karolina, and Miriam. Some warm and fuzzy moments brought me to a 4.5 star ending.



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