What’s it about?
Marilee Carson Cooper, daughter of a good southern family, had expectations, but now they are dashed. After her husband leaves her for a young man when she is pregnant with their second child, she pins her hopes for financial and career salvation on winning the coveted Chair of Clinical Law at Alabama Southern University.
The Chair goes to Dwight Hurley, a hometown boy who once broke her heart. He is favored because he claims to have written a forthcoming textbook, while Marilee’s job is now endangered, despite her success at the clinic. Dwight’s mysterious reappearance leaves Marilee burning for revenge.
At the same time, the troubled clients of the legal clinic are presenting Marilee and her student lawyers with grave issues. One of them—an unwed teen mother whom Marilee has known for most of her life—is accused of child abuse and murder.
As her feelings for Dwight become increasingly confused, Marilee realizes that her rival could be her only hope in saving the teenager.
Things Are Going To Slide grips the heart with its twists and turns of romantic love in a legal clinic and illuminates the dynamics of justice in a closely knit town.
From page one I instantly empathised with Marilee – I found her character to be warm, compassionate but strong. Pregnant, recovering from a break up and fighting for her job the odds are against her, coupled with the office politics and then when her college sweetheart turns up and takes her promised job this makes for an explosive plot which I felt did deliver.
This is a legal drama and a romance novel and I found it quite fast paced, there’s always something going on and I read it really quickly. I pictured it a bit like the US TV show LA Law!!
I’m a bit of a legal addict when it comes to books and TV so I was looking forward to reading this and I wasn’t disappointed. This isn’t typical chick lit though, the romance is subtly intertwined with the legal issues which made it feel more realistic – you’re not expecting any kind of happy ending.
I’ve read enough John Grisham and watched enough US legal TV shows to get to grips with the legal issues, however I assume if someone just picks this up and expects a regular romantic novel they may find it a little hard to follow. I understand that the author, Rangeley Wallace is a lawyer, so I didn’t doubt any of the legal processes.
Overall, I really enjoyed it but it ended too quickly and I wanted the story to carry on – maybe there’s a sequel or a series in it? 🙂
About the author
Rangeley Wallace was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and lived there (except for one year of boarding school in Memphis) until she went to college at Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, she moved north to Washington, D.C., to attend Washington College of Law, American University. The year following, she was a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for Public Interest Representation, where she received an LLM.
She never left D.C., much to her surprise, and, in between raising four children and writing books, she has practiced public interest law and corporate law, prosecuted anti-trust and criminal cases, and represented several white collar criminal defendants facing politically motivated charges in federal court. Most recently, she has taught a variety of courses at the Washington College of Law, including legal writing, externship seminar, general practice clinic, and disability rights clinic. For several years she also represented asylum and immigration clients on behalf of CMHS, the Center for Multicultural Human Services. Currently, she is teaching in the General Practice Clinic at WCL.
Rangeley has written two novels. No Defense and Thing Are Going To Slide.
Thanks to Rangeley for the copy of the book. There’s a giveaway here also for an e-copy, be sure to enter. You’ve got to be in it to win it so they say!