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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
In an absolutely glowing introduction to Lacland, the fictional Midwestern town that author Tara Woolpy uses to loosely tie her books in the Lacland series together, Releasing Gillian’s Wolves is an absolute joy to read. The story follows our protagonist Gillian Sach, the long suffering wife of US Congressman Jack Sach. Long suffering, because she’s remained married and faithful to him even after thirty years of infidelities. She’s successfully raised their children, takes care of his mother, and has funded each of his political campaigns through her generous trust fund, even as he continues to lie to her and cheat on her. Her friends have long told her she should leave, but she’s never been brave enough to do so. But when she meets Jack’s latest girl-toy, a woman young enough to be his daughter, she has finally had enough. Escaping to Amsterdam, she meets Luke, a wonderful Dutch artist, and starts to imagine a life that she never thought she could have.
I loved this book. Simply loved it. Tara Woolpy writes with such clarity and beauty that you may feel you have actually visited Lacland, that you know the people who live there. She develops characters that start to feel like friends, and this is especially true in the characters of Gillian and her best friend Edward. Releasing Gillian’s Wolves is a book that would appeal to any reader who enjoys books about interesting female characters, romances, stories of redemption over difficult circumstances or great, great fiction in general. I am so pleased to highly recommend this book, and will look forward with great anticipation to the next book by the very promising author Tara Woolpy.