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Can you ever really know the person you love?
This is the over-arching theme of this book. Caroline Hammond asks herself that question as she discovers that her husband, Adam has been having an affair with another man. As if that devastating news wasn’t already hard enough to bear, she also learns that he’s been hiding a whole host of other secrets from her for years. She begins to question how well she really knew this man that she’s spent half her life with.
The story follows Caroline as she works through the initial shock of Adam’s betrayal. As she questions herself and everyone around her. How could she not have known? Did anyone have any idea? She was completely blindsided by his affair, never had any clue that he was anything other than the loving man that she’s been with since she was a teenager. The story winds through her life over the next few months as she learns more and more about this man she married. Adam is more of a stranger to her now than someone who she’s shared her life with for nearly two decades.
I enjoyed the story and though the plot was a familiar one, it was handled very well. There was a flow to the story that worked very well. There were some awkward moments, especially between Caroline and her best friend and also with her sister. Caroline’s coming to terms with her divorce and dealing with her loneliness are heart-wrenching at times.
Adam is nearly unredeemable. Not only does he cheat on his wife and destroy his wedding vows, he cannot take any responsibility for his actions. He’s completely unable to explain himself or gives banal and inane responses. If he’s truly this shallow and unrepentant, what did Caroline see in him in the first place? I wanted to strangle him every time he opened his mouth. I could find no redeeming qualities in Adam and was very happy in Caroline’s decision to kick him to the curb where he belongs.
A decent woman’s fiction book with a little romance thrown in. There are a few racy passages, but nothing too extreme. I did enjoy Caroline’s foray back into the dating world and all the fun that comes with it!