Who would have thought that Barbie and Ken would ever have problems? Well, maybe not the plastic ones, but the real-life Barbie was about feed up with real-life Ken’s abusive, insane ways and longs for a way to escape.
In her novel, “The Ride,” author Jane Kennedy Sutton takes a close and personal look at a middle-aged woman’s descent into a whirlwind of events that will change her life forever.
Barbie Anderson is unhappy. Her marriage seems to be well on its way to being over, her husband Ken has lost his job and is wrapped up with a “secret project” that threatens to take over their backyard, and her daughter has announced that she is gay and has disappeared. On top of all her misery, Barbie is summoned to an attorney’s office where she finds out that her beloved Aunt Pat has suddenly passed away, and oh by the way, she was really Barbie’s mother. Leaving the lawyer’s with her mother’s ashes and a huge inheritance, Barbie is stunned and confused, but very, very rich.
On her way home, she stops at a bar where she meets Michael Silver, a handsome, gallant gentleman who seems genuinely concerned about Barbie. She divulges her secrets as well as her new financial status to this charming man, feeling that he is a kindred spirit of sorts. What she doesn’t realize is this is just where her problems are beginning and her life is about to take off like one of the roller coasters that her husband is building in their backyard!
Sutton manages to get into the psyche of the mid-life crisis that many middle-aged women experience with this fascinating tale. Fast-paced and full of twists and turns, “The Ride” is a thoughtful novel of heartaches and heartbreaks, loneliness and longing, detours and decisions. Be prepared to be understanding, angry and happy for the character of Barbie as she works through her journey to find happiness.