I was not sure what to expect with a Ponzi Wall Street money scheme story. This is not my normal reading material, usually, I would pass on it but since Randy Susan Meyers wrote the book and I am a fan of hers I gave it a try and love it. I was in a reading funk and it got me right out of it. I devoured each page, couldn’t stop reading and felt connected to the characters. I needed Phoebe to stand up for herself and do what was right for her. The children were a small part of the story but I love that they were strong, smart, and willing to protect themselves. I wanted Jake to realize he messed up and admit it.
Randy Susan Meyers takes the young love of two 15-year-olds and shows how it can grow stronger as they marry, have kids, and grow old together. Phoebe and Jake wanted it all from a young age. They wanted true love, successful careers, amazing kids, and a life together. While they got it all there was also secrets, darkness, and trouble in their relationship.
This is a love story, the story of a man wanting to have it all and share it all with his family. But it is also a look at the trouble that money can cause. Once Jake got a taste of money he just wanted more and more. He was always thinking he’d catch up, have enough, be happy enough but it just never happen and he got caught. Jake was portrayed as a guy who didn’t start out to be shady, he wanted to be successful and provide for his family and then it just snowballed on him. Yet, he never admitted he was wrong. He never accepted that he messed up and because of that he never let his wife go. He expected her to stand by him and to go down with him.
Phoebe was wonderful. She stood by her man, took the brunt of the world outside of prison, and stayed strong. I want to believe that was love but I really think it was because she didn’t know who she was without Jake. She was always Jake’s girlfriend or Jake’s wife. She didn’t know how to be Phoebe. I enjoyed seeing her becoming strong, becoming self-sufficient and figuring out how to be without the man who gave her everything.
The Wall Street Widow is a story about money, greed, love, betrayal and so much more. I loved the entire story from beginning to end. Pick up your copy immediately.