Thursday, August 31, 2017

Best Intentions by Erika Raskin

Marti, the wife of a busy, important member of the OB/GYN hospital staff decides it is time for her to go back to work as a social worker.

Marti joins a new department at the hospital that helps unwed teenage mothers.

Marti gets completely involved in the lives of these girls and leaves her children's care to her mother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Marti's husband, Eliott isn't happy she is working at the same hospital as he is.  Their marriage is a bit rocky to begin with, and this seems to cause more turmoil.

BEST INTENTIONS dragged for me for most of the book even though the writing was good.  There was confusion for me about where I was in the story.  One minute Marti was at a party or with her kids and the next minute she was with her attorney. I never was sure if she was in jail awaiting trial or out on bail talking to her attorney.

It was interesting, though, to get a glimpse into a doctor’s life both at the hospital and at home. The insight into a social worker's life was an eye opener as well and frightening how medical mistakes could escalate into what happened in BEST INTENTIONS.

BEST INTENTIONS kept me reading because I wanted to see what the outcome of the trial would be, but I did have a lack of interest in the love affairs and other situations.  The last 50 pages that covered the trial were the best part of the book.

BEST INTENTIONS had good intentions as a book, but it just wasn’t a grab you story line for me.  3/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. Have you read this book?

    Let me know what you think. Some readers LOVED it - it was an OK read for me.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. A shame that for the best part this book dragged for you.

    I must admit that reading about it the plot sounded like it had been done a thousand times before and I suspect without anything new to add.

    1. The best part was the last 50 pages. :)

      Too much else going on.

      Thanks for stopping, Tracy.

  3. Oh, that's too bad...I like the social worker aspects in a book, but this book sounds like it has too many uninteresting parts.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Social work is tough as you well know, Laurel.

      Thanks for commenting.

  4. I agree with you, Elizabeth. But I'd also try the author again because there was something about her writing I enjoyed.

    1. Oh yes...the writing was good.

      Thanks for commenting, Mary.

  5. Elizabeth, thanks for your honest review of this book.

    1. You are welcome, Suko.

      I always give honest opinions. LOL!!

      Not good to pretend you liked it, right? :)