Title: Heart of the Matter
Author: Emily Giffin
Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own 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.
This is the first book by Emily Giffin I read and it turned out to be something totally different than I expected on the first sight.
The summary doesn’t really tell what the story is about. I imagined many things, but I didn’t think about an affaire.
When Valerie meets Nick Russo she feels immediately attracted by him, but she knows she can’t start a relationship with someone who’s married with kids. After a while it’s clear though that they get on well and they start dating.
Meanwhile you read the thoughts of Tessa, who feels that her marriage has lost its spark and she is captivated in the drudgery of life.
I instantly liked Valerie more; she was the total opposite of Tessa who wanted to be the perfect wife and worried about futile things, such as which treats she would give the kids at Halloween, etc.
I understood that Valerie fell in love with Nick, but he should have been more careful to avoid trouble.
Because that’s what happens. In the end neither of the women seems happy because of Nick.
I enjoyed reading this novel, but it was not fantastic and, honestly, I expected more of this author. I hoped there would be a substory or something like that.
Nevertheless, I think this is a nice read and if you like psychological insight in relationships, you should certainly read this one!
“I am in no way saying the book was bad, as I did quite enjoy it for the most part and I did manage to finish it very quickly, but as the predictability crept in, I found myself putting the book down feeling annoyed at just how cliched the entire thing was.”