Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book review III

3.2.11 : 61/365

Blurb from Emily Giffin's website;

"Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her 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.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

You want to know what I think? This book is raw, real, and a little gut wrenching but good.  This is not your average fluff. Emily Griffin is a fabulous author and I have really enjoyed all of her books now, but this one was just... different. Maybe love conquers all, and maybe it doesn't - I'll leave that to you to find out for yourself, but just know that this book isn't all fairytale and while it was a great read, I had moments where I didn't think I could stomach the emotional turmoil at play... this was a different side of chick lit, and a welcome change once and awhile.

I do highly recommend checking it out (as well as her other four novels if you've never done so), and here is where you can find it if you're interested; heart of the matter. Before you buy it though, why not give it a trial run? You can read the first chapter here. Don't forget though nothing happens in the first chapter. ;)

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Janny A. said...

Oh, I've SO been meaning to read this one, but since I still haven't gotten to the last Shopaholic and a few others I have lying about here in the house, I probably won't get it it for a bit. Happy to hear it's good though!!

Alison Hobbs said...

Not to be confused with "The Heart of the Matter" by Graham Greene. That one's raw, real and gut-wrenching too, written in 1948.