Saturday, January 10, 2009

Love and Other Natural Disasters - A Review

I've had the happy opportunity to review another book. Here's the description that I took from the publisher's website...

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas.

Eve is eight months pregnant and in the middle of a Thanksgiving celebration when she discovers that her husband Jonathan has developed an intimate relationship with a woman over the past year. Jonathon asserts his innocence (an affair involves physical intimacy, and he didn't have any), while Eve feels deeply betrayed by the emotional connection he shared with someone else. What Jon has done seems so terrifyingly out of character that Eve finds herself questioning her entire reality. Did she ever really know Jon at all? Was their happiness together a lie? Is emotional intimacy more forgivable than sexual intimacy? And can their marriage survive?

I really enjoyed reading this book, especially the first half. The premise caught my imagination and I kept wondering what I would do in that position. I would waver between thinking this girl was overreacting and thinking I'd probably feel the exact same way. I appreciated that the main characters all had some depth. No one was all good and no one was all bad...which made it all the more believable. I found this character very easy to relate to. I also had to giggle at some details like how Eve took her pregnancy was exactly how I did with the exact same reasoning behind it.

I thought the author, a licensed marriage and family counsellor, had some good insights into human relationships. I look forward to reading more from her, which I'll tell you about in the coming weeks.

This book was provided to me for an impartial review

1 comment:

  1. how exciting...another book review and more coming!

    sounds like a cute book! i like the title.