Control Switch by Leana Delle
Since high school, Candace Bradford has been offering advice to anyone who would listen: stop procrastinating, start exercising, remain calm in tense situations. Now that she has a just-released book on the market and a radio show airing weekly out of Chicago, people are definitely listening. It seems that thirty-something Candace has achieved her single greatest dream in less time than she could have imagined. But despite her bright future, Candace’s success comes with a price – at the very moment when her career is poised to take off, she comes under the hold of a strange illness, the ramifications of which could tear her carefully constructed world apart. Candace makes a quick decision that could save her life while simultaneously ruining her marriage to Ross Simpson, a hunky, hot shot lawyer with a severe competitive streak and a burgeoning workload of his own. In an effort to protect Ross, Candace lies about her health, preventing him from having any influence in her decision-making process. Ross becomes irate when she finally fills him in on the situation, walking out on their already-troubled marriage. Even so, Candace can sense that there is more to Ross’s reaction than he is letting on. The real question is, can Candace keep her crumbling career together long enough to figure out what he is hiding?
Control Switch is an unerringly enthralling read that rolls out a well-written narrative and addresses key social themes at the same time. First, there is the issue of being a successful female in a male-dominated work environment. Delle’s protagonist is adamant that she have control over her own life, but sometimes that right is unfairly hoarded from hardworking women. Second, Delle writes about a convincingly troubled marriage that ails because a couple feels the need to fight over things like finances and the relative success of either person’s career. With a unique premise and engaging conflict, Control Switch asks tough questions that deserve answers.
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