Today I have a review of Beside Herself by Elizabeth LaBan, available from Lake Union Publishing on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. A big thanks to Kathleen Carter for the complimentary copy.
When Hannah finds out her husband has cheated, she thinks it’s time to move on because that’s what everyone else does. It turns out that’s not her plan. She loves her husband, and other than the cheating, their family life was happy before.
Then, Hannah becomes angry. She decides she should cheat, too, to even the score, and her husband, Joel, agrees because he wants her to be happy.
Hannah is not exactly excited about dating again, and it’s not off to an easy start…until she finds someone she connects with.
Now she doesn’t know which path to choose, but she knows the choice is hers.
Hannah’s story definitely intrigued me. It was interesting to have a different take on a cheating spouse and to watch Hannah grow as a character. She was fallible and vulnerable at times, which I appreciated.
Overall, I found Beside Herself to be a poignant take on a character finding her voice and inner strength with some relatable foibles along the way.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
With her signature wit and charm, bestselling author Elizabeth LaBan shows how marriage doesn’t necessarily follow a straight line and unexpected detours might just bring you back to the place you most want to be.
When she finds out her husband cheated, Hannah Bent thinks her marriage is over. Isn’t that what happens after an affair? But she’s seen friends divorce, and it’s not pretty. Plus, she and Joel have kids and an otherwise-happy life, and she still loves him, although begrudgingly.
Furious and feeling stuck, she suggests having her own affair to even the score. Joel, desperate for forgiveness, agrees. But does she really want to go through with it? And how exactly does a married mother of two get back in the dating pool? Many awkward dates follow until she finds a deep and unexpected connection where she was least looking for it.
Just as she thinks she’s made a decision, her journey to happiness is waylaid by storms of doubt. But the important thing is that she’s finally figuring out what she truly wants for herself, and she understands that whatever choice she makes must be hers and hers alone.
Have you read Beside Herself, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR