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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It makes one think about the lines that should be drawn to show fidelity in marriage and how important it is to always keep one's spouses needs in mind. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I shook my head in both agreement and disagreement. The question of having a FRIEND that is a member of the opposite sex in addition to your spouse being your best friend is an interesting one that the author deals with very well.
I loved Austenland so I was very excited about getting this book. Boy am I disappointed. I am seriously dragging myself through this solely because I dropped $14.95 on it. And I can't even skim since it is an audiobook. But if I have to listen to one more description of how much she loves her husbands and kids, I will yak. I need some serious conflict and tension and I'm not even remotely getting it from this book.
I'd listen again because I loved the story and the narrator did it way more than justice.
I loved Becky, but her husband Mike was a true prince of a guy.
The end. It was truly not what I expected, yet made complete sense.
I was not expecting the scene which caused Becky so much grief. The book began as so funny, but turned more serious.
I've often wondered how a marriage withstands and thrives in spite of a close platonic friendship/love. Having had a few of those relationships, I found this book wonderful. The balancing act Becky lives, and her unshakable love for husband and children, and her steadfast clinging to the faith which she holds so firm are refreshing. I suppose many would find this book silly. It is, if you are accustomed to gritty novels where deceit and cheating are the norm. But, if you are a fan of Austen, and other writers where character is important, you'll enjoy this book. The narrator seemed to have fun reading it, which made it come alive.
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