The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives combines the classic "fish out of water" element with a touch of the Stepford Wives. John Harding, the most eligable bachelor in Hunting Hills comes home with a surprise. A new wife. Not only is she a surprise, she is not from Hunting Hills and not part of the rarified world inhabited by Lisa, Marti, Karen and John's ex-wife, Boots. Claire also is a working journalist and has a life outside of clothes, decorating, life coaches and the occasional affair (usually with the husband of one of their "dearest" friends). There are definite rules about how a Hunting Hills wife behaves, and it looks as though Claire isn't about to buy into the Hunting Hills ideal. But, she seems to embrace the silliness and even though glimmers of the character we hope Claire would be, she verges on becomming just another silly wife, just not as offensive. The evolution of Marti, is so quick and so back and forth it is hard to buy. Karen, undergoes a real tragedy and then returns to the unbearable homelife she sought to flee. It is a mishmash. The most disappointing element of this book is the quickness with which Claire seems to embrace Hunting Hiills' warped sensabilities. John is rarely in the picture and the plotline involving Marti's husband is just too hard to swallow. It was a fun read, but not what I had hoped it could be.