As I stood at my own birthday party, listening to my husband’s speech about me, I could no longer silence the thought that had started as a low-level hum five years ago and built until I could no longer ignore it… did I want to leave him?
Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…
After the party, as Steph tries to gather her courage to leave Mal, she receives a letter from her old friend Evie. Steph hasn’t spoken to Evie since a sunny weekend on a holiday beach twenty years earlier, when the two friends said things to each other that could never be unsaid. And now, Evie is seeking a reunion and a way to repair the friendship. But this reunion threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy two families.
Other People’s Marriages is an absolutely unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the lies we tell to keep our loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 294
Date of Publication: July 16, 2021
My Rating: 4 Stars
This introspective read has given me a lof of thought. Married nearly four decades I felt like this book was forcing me to look at my relationship and that of others in my family. Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence, or is it completely wilted?
Steph and Mal have been married for decades, Steph is no longer certain she wishes to remain married. Her husband waxes poetic at her 60th birthday party, but she doesn't feel anything he is going on about.
Hearing from her old friend Evie after twenty years gives Steph pause. Why does Evie want to get back together, especially as the two formerly close friends parted on bad terms? Then there is Steph's friend Teresa. She definitely has an impact in this story.
While this book was sometimes painful to read I am glad I did and even more glad that I am completely happy in my marriage! Some of the things in this story hit quite close to home for me (same age as Steph, etc.), but I love how Kerry Fisher presented events that happen in real marriages and how people are sometimes forced to make very difficult decisions in their lives.
There was definitely heartbreak in this story, but it was done remarkably well as the past, differences in personalities, marital difficulties, fidelity and more were part and parcel in this well-written and satisfying story.
Many thanks to Bookoutue and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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