Series: Webs #1
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Webs of Power is a raw, unsentimental portrayal of greed, manipulation, and relationships set in the excessive, insatiable retail industry of the 1980s. When a hostile takeover of the retail giant Consolidated is announced, the lives of three determined women, each linked to the corporate upheaval, are unexpectedly thrown off course: Paige Toddman's marriage to Consolidated's West Coast Division CEO is threatened when she decides to step out of her fast-paced lifestyle to raise the unwanted child she is carrying, a choice driven by her secret past. The fabric of Ashleigh McDowell's life begins to fray when her fiance, the president of Consolidated's West Coast Division, moves away and her father figure faces a lawsuit that could wipe out his controlling shares of the company's stock. Vain and power hungry, Viviana De Mornay will stop at nothing to become the wife of the man leading the takeover. Webs of Power is a thrilling real-world drama with dynamic characters who find the courage to drastically reshape their lives in the face of crises and the twists of fate.
I was decently excited to read this book because it takes place in the 80’s, I don’t know why I found this appealing but maybe it’s because I was born in the 80’s so a chance to kind of get a look at what life was like when my mother was my age was kind of a cool concept to me.
Unfortunately I had a really hard time getting into the book. The book wasn’t bad, in no way am I saying that, but it didn’t grab me the way a lot of books did. It was one of those books I could put down and forget I was reading for a few weeks and then come back to it weeks later and have the whole thing repeat itself.
I think that was the case for a couple of reasons, primarily the pacing. The pacing seemed to drag on a little too much for my taste, and a couple of times I did skip/skim through a couple of pages here and there and it didn’t seem to make any difference, I didn’t miss much. I think the author spent too much time on making sure the reader felt and understood that the characters she was writing about lived in a lavish world by describing everything with brand names and exotic descriptions.
Another problem I had with the story was that in order for me to really fall into a book I have to at the very least have one character who I identify with a lot (or enough for me to form an emotional connection to). I didn’t feel like that at all. Maybe it is because these women are from a different generation than me, but I really didn’t feel like I connected to them, they treated themselves like accessories to me. And sure there are still women today who’s dream it is to be a mans accessory, but it’s not something I have ever identified with. I didn’t feel anything but a little bit sorry for these women. I wish they had evoked more of an emotional response from me.
Overall, I think this book just wasn’t my taste and didn’t do it for me. I wish it had. For me I like stronger women who get in relationships with men who compliment them, not women who intentionally get in relationships to stand behind someone. in the end this book gets a “just okay” rating from me.