Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Review- Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

I just finished reading Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown for a Galley and Pocket Book Blog Tour.

From Goodreads:

Suburbia is a jungle, filled with lots of vicious creatures.

Take the Paradise Heights Women’s League board. Lyssa Harper should have warned golden-haired DILF du jour Harry Wilder what he was getting into when she invited him to meet the mommies who run their suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned stay-at-home single dad, Lyssa has been his domestic Sherpa, teaching him the ins and outs of suburban life. She just didn’t realize her friends would show up at his house unannounced with casseroles, leopard-print bikini briefs, and plans to rearrange his kitchen cabinets.

The truth is, if Harry and his wife, the neighborhood’s "perfect couple," can call it quits, what does that mean for everyone else? Lyssa’s husband, Ted, is a great father, but he pays her Pilates-pumped momtourage more attention than he does his own wife. Her friends gossip about the neighbors while ignoring their own problems: infertility, infidelity, and eating disorders.

When Harry sets boundaries with his new fan club, he is exiled from the neighborhood’s in-clique. But Lyssa refuses to snub him. What she never expects is the explosive impact her ongoing friendship with Harry will have on her close-knit pals—and on her marriage.

This book was gossipy and light and fun, while at the same time making me a little depressed.  If that makes any sense at all.  The story takes place in well-to-do suburbia.  So of course there is gossip and cattiness and lots of characters you love to hate.  Which is fun.  But there was also a lot of cheating and it made me wonder if there are any good marriages out there (I mean, I know there are, but you wouldn't guess it from the book).

Each chapter started off with a love or marriage quote, which I love because I have always loved quotes so this was fun.  The story was slightly predictable.  I had figured out part of the big gasp at the end of the book but not the complete scenario.  But the story ends on a happy note and that how I like my summer-y reads!

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 77
2010 Chick Lit Challenge: 8

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by Sarah from Galley and Pocket Book Blog Tours for an honest review.

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