“Heart of the Matter” by Emily Giffin


Well. It sure has been a while.  Life happens, things getting the way of your leisure time…I’m done with excuses. Now. Back to reviews.

I must admit  have been off of my chick-lit kick lately and have been  diving more into the sci-fci, fantasy craze that has been so popular as of late, with books such as The Hunger Games, The Giver triology, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and, yes, Fifty Shades of Grey (scandalous review coming soon!) Looks lite this Literette’s taste is maturing! Or digressing, since THG is technical a teen series… But my heart still lies loyally with a good tale of dream jobs, couture fashion, complicated romance, tried and true friendships, and life’s complications. All the makings of a good chick-lit novel. So let’s get back to it with a lovely tale from the ever-wonderful Emily Giffin.

Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed, and Something Blue, amongst others, has yet to disappoint me. I am a huge fan of hers and waited way too long to read her latest, Heart of the Matter. The description on the back of the book is rather vague, so I was not sure what to expect when I started reading. But, given the author’s impeccable track record, I dove right in.

The story is written from the points of view of two young mothers from totally different worlds, brought together. Valerie, a middle class single mother is intertwined with Tessa, a wealthy doctor’s wife, when her son suffers a burn accident and sees Tessa’s husband for treatment. Valerie and Dr. Russo’s relationship quickly develops into more than just one of platonic patient-doctor and Valerie cannot help but wonder how this is affecting his wife and children. Meanwhile, Tessa is questioning her new role as a stay-at-home mother and often finds herself marveling at her life, while also wondering “is this it?”

I must say I went into the story thinking that I would hate Valerie—after all, how could she tear a family apart like that? But the story is written in such a painfully honest way that the reader can’t help but sympathizing with both Tessa and Valerie and hope for happiness for them both. However, their happiness both comes from the same man.

Definitely recommended for a born-again Literette 😉


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