November 16, 2015

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin - Review

Published: June 3, 2014
Number of pages: 336

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.

What did I think of this book:
I just finished listening to this yesterday at first I was not sure if I would like this book or not and it was not the story line but the narrator. It is not to say the narrator is bad but I have a hard time listening to some voices. I am glad that I kept listening to it as I ended up liking the book as well as the lady reading it. At first I liked Valerie and felt sorry for her and her son but then I did not like her because of what happened between her and Charlie's doctor. I did Tessa from the beginning and felt bad for her at times. The end of the story was good but I am not sure I would be able to do what Tessa did with her husband. I liked how the author told the stories from both Valerie's and Tessa's points of view. All of the characters were very believeable and real. I am going to look for books by this author. 

About the author:
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit

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