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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Love and Other Natural Disasters...Review...DNF

About the book:
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 wanted to like this book. However, I couldn't even finish it. I tried, but there is significant, vulgar profanity which never improves a story. For me, it was hard to get beyond. I also really didn't care for Eve. She wasn't very likeable to me and I found myself annoyed with her, more than anything else. The author is a marriage and family therapist and the plot and premise sounded fascinating. I wish I could have enjoyed it.

Thanks to Miriam at Hatchette Books for the opportunity to review this book as part of the Early Bird Blog Tour. You can learn more about Holly Shumas here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Many other people really liked this book. You can check out these blogs for additional reviews, most of which are positive.


Read 1/09

1/5 Stars


  1. I did like this book, but I did find Eve frustrating at times.

  2. Great review Holly. I'm sorry you didn't care for the book. There is some language that's not too clean, but that doesn't seem to bother me. I can see where you may find Eve frustrating.

  3. I'm sorry you didn't love this Holly. Hopefully you'll love the next one I send.

  4. This one was not my favorite either.

  5. I'd actually like to read this one... I hadn't heard of it and I like the premise. I'm also in this phase right now where I want to read characters who most readers don't like (mostly because I want to see what I don't like about them and let that inform my writing).

    Thanks for bringing a new book onto my horizon.

  6. Hi Holly - stopping by on the tour ( a day late!) This is the great thing about blog tours - so many different reactions to the same book. Thanks for yours!


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