Rebecca Hardy isn’t a naturally deceptive person, but it seems her boyfriend might be—and when she theatrically catches him cheating, she decides she’s had it with these modern-day men who can’t commit. She has even less regard for these immoral modern day women, who don’t hesitate to prey on men in committed relationships. What is wrong with them?! Don’t they care that they’re breaking hearts and destroying lives?! Rebecca, with her high morals and family values, would never even consider dating a married man. Which is why her friends are so shocked when Rebecca finds herself doing exactly that—albeit at the fervent request of that man’s very own wife, the notorious Isabella Coombs.
At first, Rebecca likes to think of it as helping someone out—female camaraderie, and all that. But she doesn’t expect Isabella’s husband to be quite so charming…or for things to go quite so far.
Reviewer: Bryony Stebbings
A Moral Dilemma centres round Rebecca Hardy a young beauty therapist living in London, her two closest friends and their social circle. It starts with her discovering her long term boyfriend is cheating on her and has been for some time, she then has to deal with the fallout from this. The awkwardness between joint friends, suddenly having a huge mortgage, all the bills to deal with and the daunting thought of being alone. Her job is hardly stable, her friends have their own issues and then her good nature is taken advantage of as she is coerced into taking on a task that really puts her in an awkward position. This book isn’t about just one Moral Dilemma but several.
I have to be honest, this isn’t my first choice of book genre, I tend to save chick lit for holidays, when something light and breezy is just what I need in the airport and on the beach. I found it hard to identify with the characters and their lives, it took me a while to really get into the book. But I did.
The majority of the book follows Becky’s inner monologue as she watches her friend’s well meaning but sometimes downright bizarre antics and as she deals with the fall out of her relationship and the hardship of trying to keep a job with a boss who is looking for the smallest opportunity to fire her.
She also has to deal with the cross over between social circles, she works for the rich and well to do but is a simple girl herself, struggling to afford the nice life she has been living in London, The lines between these two worlds get very blurred when one of her clients befriends her but unknown to Becky has an ulterior motive. Becky’s own set of morals are twisted and pulled in a hundred directions and she discovers a lot about herself and what she is capable of, she can actually be a woman of mystery.
Reading it you are fully aware of how things will turn out for her, it is obvious to everyone but Becky. The author hasn’t tried to hide that, it is like watching a car crash in slow motion, you know what the outcome will be but hope that maybe it will turn out differently. This is just how life is, often if you are in a situation it doesn’t matter what people tell you, you’ll take your own path regardless as you don’t have the distance from the situation to see it clearly. That is precisely what makes the book appealing.
The book falls squarely into the chick lit genre, there is no cross over so you know what you are getting, it is well written, humorous and leaves you wanting to find out what happens next. Which is handy as Zara is currently writing the second book in the series.
If you enjoy a good romantic comedy full of drama and don’t want anything too serious, then this is the book for you. It’s available for Kindle via the Kindle Store. It needs to be read to the end and the heartfelt note from the Author is written the same way as the book, honest and up front, it leaves you wondering which of the characters she is most like.