Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review: Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright (blog tour)



About the Book:

A chance encounter with a stranger on an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly Elyse is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the community. She finds herself cutting through all the instincts that say "no" and instead lets "yes" happen. As Elyse embarks on a risky affair, her longtime friend Kelly and the other women in their book club begin to question their own decisions about love, sex, marriage, and freedom.

My Review:

I have to say this one was interesting. I'll say now that I have lots of mixed emotions about this one. (from a personal perspective) I feel like yes, Elyse's (the main character) marriage is falling apart, but did she really need to make the choices that she did? I was surprised to read a book that was so straightforward about affairs in marriage. (after I read this one I realize that it must be a growing trend...more on that later) My (ex) fiance' years ago did stray so I have strong opinions! (no we never married) The point I'm getting at is that this showed the "other" woman. It made me feel bad for the nonexistent wife in the book. It also let us peer into the life of another woman who had been cheated on. I disagreed with the choices of the main character, but of course this is fictional so my personal feelings color my opinion on this one.

I'll say as a fictional work it was a good solid read. The characters were well developed and the storyline was well done. As a "scorned" woman it was a difficult read, and at times hard to connect and support the main character.

All that aside (as you may be able to tell by the review) I like this book because it made me feel passionate about SOMETHING! It's a book I'll remember because it made such a big impression. So yeah, I had strong feelings BUT at the same time I think the read was worth it!

About the Author:

Kim Wright has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for many magazines including Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue, and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. She is the food and wine editor for Charlotte Taste. She has written the annual Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids for 18 years and also writes erotica. This is her first novel. Kim lives in Charlotte, NC.
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**This book was sent for review courtesy of the Hachette book group. Opinions are my own.

5 comments:

  1. I tend to avoid cheating tales. But I loved your honest sweet review.

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  2. Thanks for hosting me, Kris, and for your insightful review. I realize that cheating tales can be tough to swallow but I wanted to tell a story that isn't told so often, i.e., the story where the wife is the discontented on and the person who strays. I really appreciate your open and honest take on the subject and you introducing my book to your followers!

    Kim

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  3. Hey Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I'm glad you were able to see that I was giving the book a negative review LOL I was concerned about trying to get across what I was thinking and still giving the book its props. Like I said...I will remember this one for a long time because it left such an impression on me, and made me feel passiontley (sp?) about a book's subject. I THINK that's what you were trying to do with writing about a subject not often touched...am I right?

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  4. Absolutely....it seems like one type of divorce story is told over and over. The story where the husband walks in, announces he's leaving, and the wife crumples in shock. Then the rest of the book is about her struggling to rebuild her life. That's fine, because it certainly does happen, but as a writer I guess I wanted to strike out and find my own literary territory. Like...what happens when the woman is the one who leaves? Did you know 65% of divorces in America are initiated by women? And that the older the woman is the more likely she is to be the one who opts to leave? Somehow, those stories don't seem to be told as often and that's one thing that drew me to the subject matter of Love in Mid Air.

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  5. Your right...you don't hear those stories as often. I thought it was an excellent perspective and while I can't relate to the main character behavior, I can say that the way you wrote her makes her seem like a real and flawed person. Which, in the ends makes her "relatable" to readers no matter their opinions. Seriously, this was an excellent book. :)

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