Monday, January 21, 2013

On The Nightstand: Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

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 is Emily Giffin's best book since Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Having loved those books, and enjoying the other books she has written, I decided to read Heart of the Matter. Every chapter, the story switches between Tessa and Valerie's points of view and it always keeps you wondering: "what is going to happen next?" Giffin did a great job making both girls equally likable, making it very hard to play favorites. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I easily fall asleep while reading, so it had to be good if I stayed up until 5am finishing it one night morning! 

I have quite a lengthy reading list, but would love any book suggestions you may have!