Results May Vary by Bethany Chase
Genres/Themes: Marriage, Relationships, Divorce, Chick-Lit, Romance
*I received this book through netgalley, but all thoughts and ideas below are my own*
This, I had to push through. To be fair, this book also isn’t the type I usually read. Usually I stick to fantasy or YA novels, but every once in awhile I like to venture out into other genres, adult romance can be fun and I absolutely love mysteries. I really thought this would be an interesting tale about a woman getting over her divorce and finding herself after not being single for just shy of 20 years. I suppose, that kinda is what this book is about, but it just did not hit me the right way.
Summary from Goodreads:
She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.
To start with some compliments, I thought the writing and flow was done well (even if I skipped pages out of boredom because I’m not a fan of descriptive writing and parts that delve into….what I consider unimportant? ) Also, 10% into the book I thought I knew what the ending would be and that is not what happened so, I’d give that a compliment. Had Caroline gotten together with 1 of 2 people I would have given this book 2 stars, instead she found a different guy…. and well, idk I guess he is sweet and I liked that ending more.
Negatives, I really disliked Caroline and Adam. Especially as a couple dear lord. They are so pretentious, I really almost put the book down. Adam, as great of a guy as Caroline kept saying he was seemed overly fake to me and when talking to Caroline about the future of their marriage seemed like such a jerk!
Caroline really irked me the wrong way, but I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was I didn’t like. Really, it seemed like her life was perfect or she was perfect. Yes, the author literally wrote this book about her failing marriage and other problems that happen but… as a person she still felt like she could do no wrong– even when she did. It was a weird thing to me….
Second, this is more on a personal level I suppose, but if my significant other cheated on me, we are done. I’m not going to try fixing the relationship, I’m not going to keep entertaining the idea of us still being together for eternity — we are done. So, for the first 40% of the book I was pretty irritated. Again, this is a more personal part so, I did not mark the book down for this…
Because I seemed to not like many of the characters I did not click with any of them. I did not understand them nor find a connection. The characters I liked (Ruby and Jonathon) did not show up often 😦 but they had little sparks I really started to enjoy. And because I did not understand the characters well, when new relationships formed I totally didn’t understand them…
So, the writing made it easy for me to keep reading, but I really pushed myself through this one.
Not sure who I would recommend this to…. decent book, but not my style so, I can’t gauge really who might like it.