Release date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Random House/Ballantine
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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 think it’s safe to say that any married persons worst nightmare is dealing with the hurt and betrayal in the aftermath of infidelity. Imagine finding out your spouse is unfaithful. Take it one step further and imagine they cheated on you with a man and they may be gay (or if you’re a guy, with a woman) Not only did they throw away your marriage vows for someone else, they may have been hiding a huge part of their life from you for years.
Caroline is the woman scorned and she is such a lovely character. She truly thought she had it all with her husband, Adam. Life was as close to perfect as she could imagine and she was blissfully happy in her marriage, especially as Adam was not only her lover, but her best friend. All of that comes crashing down when she discovers he has been unfaithful and she has to learn who she really is as she begins to navigate through a life alone, one that she never dreamed of nor wanted.
I found Caroline to be so relatable and likable. I was really rooting for her the whole time and just wanted her to find her own peace and happiness within herself. She handled her terrible situation with grace and dignity and was far more classy than I think I would’ve been if I were ever in her shoes. The relationship between her and her sister, Ruby was fantastic and Chase did a great job of capturing the honesty and raw emotion that is shared between sisters. Caroline’s best friend, Jonathan was also a nice addition to the story and I always enjoy a male/female friendship that is fun and is just truly about two people who like each other with no sex involved.
This book is heartfelt, raw, honest and endearing and I really enjoyed following Caroline on her journey of forced self discovery. It’s written in a thoughtful manner that is beautiful and vulnerable and I think anyone that has ever been in love can relate to it.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Random House/Ballantine for my copy in exchange for an honest review.