Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: General Fiction
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.
So what would you do if your husband cheated on you with another man?
I'd totally go ape shit! It would be similar to crossing the street then you got hit by a friggin' truck because you were looking at the wrong direction.
Disbelief, devastation, denial and the rest of the stages of grief are explored in Bethany Chase's marriage-in-crisis themed novel, RESULTS MAY VARY. Aside from the damage that infidelity causes in a relationship, the book also explores other aspects of what goes into growing a marriage. Caroline and Adam have been high school sweethearts and have never really known or loved anybody besides each other. So the concept of growth and friendship are at the forefront with offshoot themes like sibling relationships and finding love after such a loss are also highlighted.
The reason why I loved RESULTS MAY VARY is how it's so matter-of-fact versus something that's so emotionally heavy which is what you'd expect from a story like this. I love how Caroline managed to remain rational for the most part throughout her ordeal. Sure she lashed out and waffled between saving her marriage out of loyalty and comfort and ending it because of the loss of trust not to mention Adam swings both ways. Caroline handled the situation very well and as gracefully as she possibly can given the circumstances. It's very idyllic really and probably even impossible to swing in real life, but as I've mentioned, the tale's rational tone won me over.
As the title suggests RESULTS MAY VARY is quite an unconventional story given the premise. It's very simplistic in terms of presentation yet it's provocative and did a good job at putting the reader in Caroline's shoes. I know a lot of you aren't keen on reading a book like this, but worry not because RESULTS MAY VARY isn't just a story about cheating, it's a story about love, life, and second chances. Definitely worth checking out.
“A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.” — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only
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