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Heart Of The Matter by Emily Giffin

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312554168

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.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

This book takes you on a journey you don’t want to go on in real life. Betrayal, lies, cheating. I didn’t see anything so wrong with Tess and Nick’s marriage that he should have even thought for a second about cheating. And why why why choose Valerie? She and Tess couldn’t have been more different. Maybe that was why.

Nick ended up spending more time with Val and her son than he did with his wife and own kids. I really thought he was a jerk and I literally told him that a few times while reading the book! I really loved Tess, but felt she shouldn’t have been so blind to what was going on. She should have paid more attention to what was going on with Nick, and I didn’t understand why she was so conflicted about being a stay at home mom.

I kept alternating between liking and disliking Val. She was a success business woman, but had few if any close friends. Plus she was really rude to everyone except Nick and acted like she was better than anyone she came into contact with.  I didn’t understand how/why she would let herself think romantically about her sons dr., much less her married sons dr.. But it did make for an interesting read!!

The ending was a little off for me. Didn’t seem all that realistic, if this was a true story, would those 3 people have left things the way they did? I don’t think so.

But…I still liked the book very much and will definitely read Giffin again.

  8 Responses to “Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin”

  1. The love triangle – great fodder for novelists~

  2. It sounds like you were caught up in the story! I really want to try Giffin’s work!

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  4. Few endings end the way it would have happened in real life. And who knows what men think.

  5. I’ve been wanting to read this one. It looks good.

  6. I read this and felt similar to you. I didn’t get why Nick cheated. I did feel sympathetic to both women though — which can be hard to pull off in a book like this. I kind of wish we’d had Nick narrate too. I didn’t get his motivations for a lot of his behavior.

  7. I’ve read a couple of Emily’s books one I liked the other I didn’t.

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