It’s almost the end of July and I’m afraid to say that I’ve only read one of the books from my Summer Reading List. I guess that’s better than not reading anything at all – at least that’s why I try telling myself. 🙂
I have to say that reading the synopsis on this book didn’t seem overly compelling to me at first, but since I’ve ready all of Emily’s other books, I knew it would turn out better than I expected. And I was right. Heart of the Matter did not disappoint and it was a perfect pool-side book to read.
I think my favorite thing about all of Emily Giffin’s books is that her characters are very evolved; no matter whether they’re the victim or the villain, the reader can relate to each character. Perhaps it’s because she chooses real-life situations to write about? I wouldn’t say that any of her stories are overly outlandish or seem to be impossible; they’re about real people, real relationships and real problems.
On the surface, I didn’t really have anything in common with either of the female leads – both of their identities revolved around being a mother (and for one female lead that meant being a wife as well), and obviously, neither of those apply to me right now. However, I learned that I could relate to both women who found themselves connected due to a horrible accident.
I also appreciated that the book covered one of the topics I’ve thought about a lot recently (I have no idea why…) – the decision between becoming a stay-at-home mom and continuing to have a career. Each character chose a different path and it was interesting to see how each reacted giving the situation at hand.
Overall, this was another great book by Emily Giffin and definitely worth a read.
Also, just for fun, if you read ( or saw) Something Borrowed you’ll notice that Tessa, one of the main female characters in the book is Dex’s sister; Dex was the main male character in Something Borrowed and it was cool to get a little bit of closure on Dex and Rachel’s relationship. I love it when authors make connections like that in their books!