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.
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.