Complicated things often prefer to masquerade as simple things at first. If that's not the definition of life I don't know what is. Ms. Archer takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery that may make you evaluate your own life and the love in it.
The characters of Gwen, Elliott, Peter, Helen and Faith are all perfectly flawed with insecurities and faults and secrets. Secrets that eventually come to a head when Elliott asks ex-girlfriend Gwen to be his pretend wife in front of his dying mother. Gwen's husband Peter agrees she should do it, until the next morning.
When Gwen goes ahead and plays pretend wife for Elliott she begins to question her life, both past and present. She begins to see her life in a new light and has to make decisions that might be painful for herself and the people most important in her life. There are secrets that must be uncovered and taken out of the attic and discussed for her to move on and into a life a little less complicated and a little simpler.
Ms. Archer has once again crafted a wonderful tale that challenges the concepts of life, love, marriage and family and what those really mean. You'll laugh and cry and feel sorry for all the players in this some what tragic tale that eventually leads to the happily ever after. You'll be angry with all of them as much as you love them. And if you haven't added Ms. Archer to your list of must read author's ... you will.
I foresee a bright and shining future for Ms. Asher and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
What would life be like with the one who got away? From the author of My Husband’s Sweethearts—hailed as “a laugh-and-cry novel”* that’s “whip-smart, tender…an undiluted joy to read”**—comes this bighearted, funny, fiercely perceptive tale about a happily married woman and the little white lie that changed everything.…
For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets—from her father, a marine biologist who buried himself in work after her mother’s death; and from her husband, Peter, who’s always been respectable and safe. But when an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwen’s life, she starts to remember a time when love was an ocean
What does Elliot want? In fact, he has a rather surprising proposition: he wants Gwen to become his wife. His pretend wife. Just for a few days. To accompany him to his family’s lake house for the weekend so that he can fulfill his dying mother’s last wish. Reluctantly Gwen agrees to play along—with her husband Peter’s full support. It’s just one weekend—what harm could come of it?
But as Gwen is drawn into Elliot’s quirky, wonderful family—his astonishingly wise and open mother, his warm and welcoming sister, and his adorable, precocious niece—she starts questioning everything she’s ever expected from love. And as she begins to uncover a few secrets about her own family, it suddenly looks like a pretend relationship just might turn out to be the most real thing she’s ever known.