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She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple.
In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind.
Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.
I was very nervous to read this book because two of my closest friends absolutely loved this book, and man oh man, talk about pressure! I was even more nervous because this book and I got off to a rocky start. As you all probably know by now, I don’t pay attention to book summaries much. I either will not pay attention to them or I will read them but then forget all about them. For some reason, I was expecting a romance, which this book is not…not really. But once I finally got a feel for the book and stopped trying to make it something it wasn’t, I was hooked emotionally with Caroline and her journey.
Caroline thought she had the perfect life. She had a fantastic job, a great house and a happy marriage to the love of her life and high school sweetheart. Caroline’s life changes in an instant when she finds out that her husband had an affair, with a man. Understandably, she is heartbroken and confused and angry and it doesn’t help matters that Adam is both insistent that he still loves Caroline and forgive him but also refuses to talk about his affair. She wants to know how it happened, how many times, is he gay, bi, does he still find her attractive but Adam either deflects the questions or gets defensive, which was total bullshit in my opinion. After deciding to spend some time apart, Caroline takes that time to really reflect on everything in her life. She has to figure out if her whole life has been a lie, if she can forgive Adam and uphold her marriage vows, and if she can let herself find love again. What made this story so great was that all this time, Caroline was also dealing with other issues: a fragile relationship with her sister, a great but scary new opportunity at work and possibly starting over again when it comes to love.
Although this wasn’t the love story I was expecting, it was still an amazing story about love and loss, forgiveness and rediscovering who you are and learning to love let yourself not only fall in love again, but to love yourself. The romance wasn’t y favorite, but that’s okay because it wasn’t even the focus of the story. I loved seeing Caroline’s journey as she grew after her world was completely turned upside down. Seeing her find love again was of course rewarding but not as much as her relationships with her sister, her friends and her newfound confidence in life and her job. I loved how this story was quite simple, no gimmicks needed, but still managed to pack quite an emotional punch. If you’re a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid, this is a must add for your reading list.
Some of my favorite quotes:
-Loss splits your world into people who get it and people who don’t.
-‘Cause you can have a story without love, sure; but when it comes to the kind of love you fall in, whether it’s a slow glide or a blind plunge over the edge…you can’t have a love without a story.
I thought I knew mine.
-Is that what this was, he’d gotten bored? Was this even the first time? Were there others? How many? For how long? Suddenly, the room was closing in on me. Everything I’d ever counted on and trusted about my marriage, my husband, had been ripped out from under me, washed away like a bridge too flimsy for a storm.
-You’re never going to have a predictable result. Not in how it gets made, or how people feel about it.
-The secret to staying married your whole life isn’t doing everything perfectly, it’s learning how to forgive.
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