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FREE ⚝ The Adjustments ⚶ In the postcard Connecticut town of Cannondale, financial status is followed closely by social standing Nowhere is this battle fiercely contested than among the housewives of Fairfield CountyAttending yoga classes at the trendy studio in town taught by the sexy and mysterious Yogi Jack is part of every elite woman s routine It allows them a daily escape from the madness of their over scheduled lives But the inner peace that yoga brings is only part of the appeal many of the women come for Yogi Jack, the studio s sexual energy, and the seductive in class adjustmentsIn his private sessions, Yogi Jack provides services above and beyond the usual realm of warrior pose, downward facing dog, and shavasana One on one time with Jack is increasingly sought after by every one of his female students, from women looking for a deeper stretch to those seeking an entirely different kind of experience a sexual awakeningAs high profile magazine editor Elizabeth Kelly and her realtor sister Abigail Davis Powers soon discover, their little affluent town is not at all what it seems Hidden behind the immaculately designed houses and their posh fa ades is the dirty laundry of the housewives of Fairfield CountyDrama, jealousy, and intrigue emerge as the women delve deeper into the greedy, status obsessed underbelly of Cannondale And when one dark secret finds the light of day, it will threaten to change their lives foreverThis novel contains mature content The Adjustments is Ann Lineberger s debut novel I recieved a completely copy of this novel from Voracious Readers Only.An easy and at times humorous read Had an unexpected ending which turned out to be really good I definitely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend 3.5 Social Climbers Need for Zen Stars 1 2Every once in a while I pick up something that will just catch my eye and imagination Seeing the cover then reading the blurb of The Adjustments caused me to request and dig in It had the hint of Desperate Housewives on Materialistic Steroids being led by a Zen Yogi Pied Piper down to their eventual demise We are given the overall view of this from the discerning eye of Elizabeth She and her sister were raised in this Connecticut town which coul 3.5 Social Climbers Need for Zen Stars 1 2Every once in a while I pick up something that will just catch my eye and imagination Seeing the cover then reading the blurb of The Adjustments caused me to request and dig in It had the hint of Desperate Housewives on Materialistic Steroids being led by a Zen Yogi Pied Piper down to their eventual demise We are given the overall view of this from the discerning eye of Elizabeth She and her sister were raised in this Connecticut town which could boast of having roots back to a time when things were done a certain way The Old Money Way never flaunting or bragging about wealth or showing off in a crass in your face wayIt was almost the opposite practice of who could drive the most nondescript car showing money didn t matter to those who had lived with it all their lives The draw to this little town of Cannondale had the town divided old timers were appalled by the invasion of the new up and comers It was difficult because the town had all the elements which drew interest close enough to New York Cityland turned into Bright Shiny McMansions and the feel like everything was safe Families who had raised their children successfully had these children returning to continue to do the same With the new invaders came new establishments trendy restaurants, wonderful daycare and Mommy Me classes, gourmet grocers and new Yoga Studio All of the new ventures had that feel of needing to be seen there We meet all of the players through the eyes of the master magician, Yogi Jack As a new business funded by one of the financial players in the town, he has developed quite a following The new yoga studio was a converted space from the past and was just the perfect combination to cause the senses to rest and feel cocooned by his presence For Jack was a man who had seen the way to enlighten these overwrought housewives business women His training, charm and insight of what exactly was needed for these singularly focused women was the key to the studio s success We are introduced to the key players in this tale having Jack s insights as well as Elizabeth s observations We are aware of the vast wealth of the inhabitants or at least what they had had in the past Many of the players husbands are either actively involved with the financial sector or were in the past Real Estate and the complimentary businesses of Landscaping and Design are there, too This gives us the understanding of the accumulation and one upmanship which drives the women As each of the characters are given mini bios, we understand their weaknesses, needs, motivators and desires One looking to prove she is not her upbringing rising from a distressing childhood and embarrassing mother Could another student s need to stifle anger repressed so long ago is only a matter of time when it will explode not ifWhat does a woman do when the man she married originally made her feel safe and no longer does.All of these women have been sucked into the vortex of believing this lifestyle of consumerism and doing everything perfect is the way to prove them as the perfect wife and motherand each have found by being at Yoga Jack s class is a relief from all the stress and happens with just a glance from himAs Yoga Jack knows what these women needand has taken upon himself to show them in many ways The story had all of the necessary details to bring us into this world It gave not only the authenticity but also felt as over indulged as the characters like it was needed to drill in the mindset and emptiness of some of these lives Husbands were used by having them address their shopping, beauty treatments and spending with moments which were staggeringly cutting They highlighted how these marriages had lost the essence why they married in the first place Our voice of reason, Elizabeth, was the only one who saw exactly what was happening she never became involved with Yoga Jack in the way others did She was like the one who saw everything, was told everything and just took it all in When her sister moves back, Abby take a class and becomes intrigued with the ideas Jack shares about his Yoga practice The book has muchthan what I am giving you There is this trail of women captivated by this Yogi and what he offers it is muchthan the stretching and centering of a regular classand is he all he proclaims to beAll these women thinking their special sessions are the answer to their overindulged livesor is it.The writing kept me interested although I had an idea of what was the outcome, it did not deter my interest in following where the author led me I must say though, none of the characters were true favorites of mine.There was cheating involved it was a major part of the story Also, I understand Elizabeth was to be my eyes for this her marriage, career and mothering solid It was her participation as a bystander during most of it was what left me at times at odds Her sister s story line gave edge and heart yet also played fast and loose with ethics The most touching part of this story was the blunt and real way the financial crisis was described how it impacted those responsible, those who were victims and the families left behind Financial pain and loss of careers impacts all, no matter the status levelIf you are looking for a peak into how those society page couples live, learning dirty secrets and having a touch of sexualitythen The Adjustments by Anne Lineberger is just the thing Ms Lineberger is an accomplished reporter, editor, and writer for numerous publications with focus on entertainment, real estate, gardens and design With this experience she knows from where she writes A gifted copy was provided by Full Fathom Five Digital for an honest review ForReviews, Free E books and Giveaways Thanks to Ann Lineberger for this Goodreads win Quite a book It was a complete surprise to me the plot of this book I expected yoga but the title The Adjustments brought a new meaning to it Lots of interesting things in this book and loved the women of affluent Cannondale, CT, and their escapades not always dealing w yoga and their upscale lives. I live in Connecticut and I had no idea I might class the enjoyment of this book as a guilty pleasure, much in the way that Yogi Jack is a guilty pleasure inways than one for the self absorbed women of a tony Connecticut town Thank heavens it s fiction