Monday, June 21, 2010

Husband and Wife: Book Review


What would you do if you found out that your husband cheated on you and he wrote a book about it? That's the dilemma that Sarah faces when her husband Nathan makes the startling confession right as they are about to go to a friends wedding.

Husband and Wife is the amazing and page turning book by Leah Stewart who is also the author of the smash hit The Myth of You and Me and Body of A Girl. You can visit her site here to learn more about all the great novels that she has written!

Here is an official synopsis of the book:

Sarah Price is thirty-five years old. She doesn't feel as though she's getting older, but there are some noticeable changes: a hangover after two beers, the stray gray hair, and, most of all, she's called “Mom” by two small children. Always responsible, Sarah traded her MFA for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact.

Suddenly Sarah's world is turned upside down. Adding to her confusion, Nathan abdicates responsibility for the fate of their relationship and of his novel's publication—a financial lifesaver they have been depending upon—leaving both in Sarah's hands. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan? And, more important, how well does she know herself?

For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twenty-something self to try to understand what happened to her dreams. When did it all seem to change? Pushed from her complacent plateau, Sarah begins to act—for the first time not so responsibly—on all the things she has let go of for so long: her blank computer screen; her best friend, Helen; the volumes of Proust on her bookshelf. And then there is that e-mail in her inbox: a note from Rajiv, a beautiful man from her past who once tempted her to stray. The struggle to find which version of herself is the essential one—artist, wife, or mother—takes Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage on a surprising journey.

Wise, funny, and sharply drawn, Leah Stewart's Husband and Wife probes our deepest relationships, the promises we make and break, and the consequences they hold for our lives, revealing that it's never too late to step back and start over.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book and I thought that it really went into Sarah who is the narrator's mind. It really showed the reader her feelings and emotions that went through her mind during the whole process and it felt as if you were her best friend and she was confiding all her deep dark secrets to you.

I also liked reading about her two children Binx and Mattie who really took on the mannerisms of real children. I thought that all the characters were well rounded and I felt compelled to keep turning the pages in order to find out if Sarah decides to forgive Nathan for his affair.

I would recommend this book for being funny, heart wrenching and captivating! Perfect for the beach!

You can purchase this book here on Amazon for only $16.99!

*Disclosure: I received this book from Heather and Harper Collins through my membership with the Product Review Place. I was not compensated to write this post and all opinions are that of my own and may differ from others

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