Review: Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin is the current read for the SheKnows Book Club. If you’ve read my other reviews for this club, you’ll know that all the books are new “chick-lit” reads. And you’ll also know that while I still can’t be called a chick-lit fan, I’m warming to the genre from the past club picks.

However, I’m sorry to say that this book took me back a step. Here’s the blurb from the book jacket:

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance—and even, to some degree, friendships—believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

OK… fair warning, there are spoiler alerts in this review. So if you don’t know what happens, you might just want to skip the next paragrah. 🙂

My biggest problem with this book was that it was dealing with Tessa’s husband’s affair with Valerie. Besides being unfaithful, he was also breaking medical ethics. I totally understand that things like this happen, but I prefer not to read about it. I think the final straw for me was in the end when Tessa forgave her husband and reconciled with him. It was just the final straw in my not enjoying the book.

Spoilers over. So the plot was distasteful to me, even if the book was very well written, and it is the only reason I didn’t enjoy this story. The characters were believable, but seeing as I didn’t like their actions, I had trouble liking them and caring where the story was going. I really hate giving Heart of the Matter a bad review, because I know people will enjoy it. It just wasn’t for me and reminds me once again why I really prefer books with a happily ever after ending, since real life doesn’t always end so well.