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Publisher's Note:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist’s attempts to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love? Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life . . . just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved. Ski…

Overall Book Review:

Adultery isn’t normally a subject that would appeal to me. Of course, I had no idea that this book centered around infidelity when I picked it up, but nevertheless, after I realized it, I read it and enjoyed it immensely. Told from the view of a male who is in an unhealthy relationship…no wait, make that two unhealthy relationships, and is trapped in a complex web of lies and betrayal, this book was a surprisingly endearing read. I don’t really know what made me enjoy it so much, but the author sure has a knack for composing a good story about family, love, and the problems we can surreptitiously slip ourselves into.

I have a feeling we will be seeing more of Courtney Maum in the future. Her writing style is similar to that of Emily Giffin, but there is a little more substance to it; not as much fluff and air-headedness. This book takes a little more concentration to get through than Giffin’s do, but in a good way. I wanted to finish this book and find out how everything turned out in all of the character’s lives. Even though the narrator is a dishonest husband and lover, I had a hard time not feeling sorry for him throughout the book. He played such a likeable and meek character, one that should be pitied and have gracious forgiveness piled upon. Now, if he were my husband in real life, I am sure I would feel differently. But that is the magic of books, isn’t it? We get to try on someone else’s shoes for a day or two, at little cost to us.

Review of Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations; 36 mild obscenities; 8 religious profanities; 5 scatological words; 7 anatomical terms; 48 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  One explicit sex scene involving nudity and details pertaining to sex; adults kiss; a woman’s body is described in a clinical way; a character mentions having an affair; another character mentions having an affair; brief description of a man’s affair with another woman, mentioned multiple times; a man mourns his loss of intimacy with his wife.

Mature Subject Matter:

Adultery, lies.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; adults smoke; hypothetical mention of a person cooking heroin; mention of an adult smoking cocaine.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.