Review originally published on Goodreads – August 11, 2018.
“And I promise… I swear… that if you choose to end things between us, I will love you more as you’re walking out the door than on the day you walked down the aisle.”
Why do I pick up CoHo books when I know she will break my heart and will jump on the million little pieces?
Infidelity. Marriage. Infertility.
Three simple words. But just reading them is uncomfortable, even painful.
Three simple words. And they were the reason why I was so hesitant to start this book.
“No matter how much you love someone—the capacity of that love is meaningless if it outweighs your capacity to forgive.”
I was so scared of reading this novel. I’m not sure why, I have never been married. But I know, even from the blurb, that this will be an angst-fest and my tissues should be ready.
“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”
Quinn and Graham’s story started on a really unusual note. From that point, I knew they were special. I immediately admired Quinn for her strength, and then I fell head over heals with Graham.
CoHo is definitely an expert storyteller on all things angsty. But here, she delivered an alternating Then and Now. Imagine me being smily and giddy and then crying the next chapter. It turned to me crying due to all the angst, and then feeling a bittersweet twist on my heart on the Then parts of their story. This book was so painfully beautifully written. I am out of words.
“What’s the secret to a perfect marriage?’ The old man leaned forward and looked at me very seriously. ‘Our marriage hasn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.”
Again, I applaud CoHo for tackling a theme not every author would dare to. Infertility is one we don’t usually get. Personally, coming from a religious background, most of the people I know marry late in their 20s/30s and most experience difficulty in having children. I remember so many of my friends sharing to me the same thoughts and feelings that Quinn felt. It’s something really hard and I admire CoHo for shedding light on this and maybe make us more understanding of the people around us.
This book gives us so much to think about, and so much to admire. A successful marriage does not revolve only on love. But sometimes, love is enough to make the rollercoaster worth it.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
All I remember from the blurb is reading about an imperfect marriage, then I picked the book up. Knowing it’s CoHo, I know it would be worth the read.
Graham is an ideal husband. Again, the perfect book husband. He has this humor, wit and charm that captured me from his first few sentences. Then, as the trials and problems progressed, he stood strong and fought for the marriage even when he was feeling alone. He may have made mistakes here, but I just admire him so much.
Quinn was so selfless. She struggled with her sadness but I did not see her resenting her families for being happy. She tried not to burden others, and it’s hard to carry her personal burdens. She grew and she is very brave– for that, I love her.
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐
Not much, just their families. Some perfect to hate and some perfect to love.
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
CoHo gave Quinn a good voice, a voice that really connects and tugs on the heartstrings.
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐
Everything was really due to lack of communication. Much conflict could have been avoided if they just talked.
There was so much angst, but the fluff and the steam was very present still.
Quite fast, despite the then and now alternating switch.
Not perfect, not their ideal but I’m really happy that they are happy.
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Definitely a breeze to read.
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐
Not a fan of the “real people kissing” much.
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.09 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ STARS ☁