Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Reading: Book One

I just finished Emily Giffin's book, Heart of the Matter.

I know, a bit out of order, considering I just told you about two other books that I'm reading- but the library called and this bad boy was only a 14 day hold. I finished it in 4.

According to the publisher, Heart of the Matter is about:

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie–a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance–and even to some degree, friendships–believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

To be honest, I didn't even read the summary before I added it to my library cue. I read it because I enjoyed her other books.

Overall, I really liked this book and I couldn't put it down-but I do wish that there was some way to get a follow up on Tessa and Nick (one year later). Although the characters weren't very well developed (I for one would love to know why Nick fell for Valerie), the actually story leading up to the events was rich, interesting and it made me think.

No one gets married thinking that their husband is going to cheat, but what would you do if he did?

I'm still not sure what I would do and I hope that I never have to think about it. That being said, neither did Tessa. It almost scares me to think that I need to stay perfect, stay the way I was when we met, to keep my husband happy and satisfied- of course he's never said that to me, but it's implied in the story and it's implied in a lot of real life marriages in this day in age. With the divorce rate higher than the actual marriage rate, it isn't reassuring. I don't want to be part of the majority, but being perfect, friendly, honest, romantic, and exciting can be exhausting.

I will keep my fingers crossed that John loves me for "us," for the home we made, and for the family we will make. That at the end of the day I will change, he will change, but I hold out hope that he (we) will want to be able to look back in 27 years and say, remember that time that you tripped while speaking with that southern accent?

Did you read it? What did you think?


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Connie said...

I've been wanting to read more of her books and I really liked her when I saw her on the Today Show!