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Weekly Book Club {2.14.18}

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Today I’m sharing 2 books that have been on my unread shelf for awhile. I was really excited about both of these books and then they just got buried underneath all the other books.

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The Man I Thought You Were by Leah Mercer– One fine autumn evening, Anna returns from work and starts making dinner, eager to welcome home her husband, Mark. It’s just like any other day in their ten-year, Pinterest-perfect marriage—until he says he’s leaving her. Discovering that the man she thought she knew better than anyone else is capable of abandoning it all sends Anna reeling. She believed the life they’d built together—and the bright future they’d imagined—counted for everything. How can he walk away? The truth is Mark is battling secrets of his own—secrets Anna knows nothing about. A painful past and an uncertain future threaten to bring his life down around him—and he’ll do anything not to expose her to that. But unravelling the past is lonelier than Mark could ever have imagined and, as the days turn to months, Anna worries the separation will break them forever. Can she bring him back from the brink of self-destruction before it’s too late, or will she discover that she never really knew him at all?

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I’m not sure what I expected from this book but it was very different than I anticipated. I was expecting a big dark secret life of some kind so I was a bit thrown off by the direction the book went. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. The writing was good but I had a hard time feeling the connection between Mark and Anna. There was very little build up to their relationship so it made what happened less shocking. I wasn’t invested in their marriage so the big reveal was a bit ho-hum for me. 

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Enough by Dawn L. Chiletz– My name is Everly. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful kids. I have a husband who provides for our family, but I don’t think he loves me anymore. Inside I die a little every day. I am not enough. Not enough of a mother, a wife, a friend, a woman… I’m not enough to get you to stay, to love me or to accept me. There’s a battle I’m fighting. It’s a battle within myself. I’m a fixer; I help others. I try to make everyone around me happy and whole, yet I haven’t figured out a way to fix myself. When time and circumstances push me to my breaking point, I’m forced to take a hard look at what I’ve become. A failed marriage, a failed attempt at a career, and a failed attempt at being a mother. I’m not enough to hold any of it. This is my story. It’s about trying to figure out how to be happy with who I am, how to love myself again, and how to allow others to love me. When a second chance at love is standing in front of me, will I be able to see anything more than my broken reflection in his eyes? Will I be able to rebuild and reinvent myself when everything falls apart? Can I find the love I truly deserve? Will I ever be enough?

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book has some definite trigger warnings attached to it. It is a very realistic portrayal of emotional abuse within a marriage. It was hard to read, uncomfortable to digest, and it made my heart ache for Everly. I was fully invested in this story. I was cheering for her, I was hoping a large piano fell on her husband’s head, and I was completely all in for her new relationship. All in, y’all! I highly recommend this book!

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