Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
Tiny Hardcastle is not enjoying her perfect life. Her husband Frank is running for a seat as a Representative in Congress for Massachusetts and she is recuperating from another miscarriage at the “big house” on the Cape. After some missteps at political rallies Tiny learns more about her married life, and the family she married into, and more than ever she is considering her options to leave the life she thought she wanted. But will the Hardcastles let her leave her husband and ruin his shot at public office?
There is a LOT more to the story, but I can’t describe it here. What I described either wouldn’t make sense, or would give too much away. Taking place in 1966 and flashing back to the brief time before Tiny’s marriage in 1964 when she fell in love with another man, this is the story of a woman finally realizing that getting what you thought you always wanted isn’t always for the best.
Fans of the Kennedy’s will really enjoy the behind the scenes look at politics but this isn’t a rehashing of the Kennedy story. I had no idea that this book was part of a series but the way it ended led me to believe that there would be more to the story, and there is a sequel, this time following Tiny’s sister Pepper. Tiny Little Thing is actually the second book in the series but if the other two are like this one you can read any of them as separate stories.
A good pick on audio – the reader does a great job distinguishing all the voices and make Tiny and her sister especially come to life.