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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (May 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312554168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312554163
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 21 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've loved Emily Giffin's books since I first picked up "Something Borrowed". "Something Blue" quickly became my favourite book of hers, and "Love the One You're With" and "Baby Proof" were good, but not as good as I had hoped. However, "Heart of the Matter" is, in my opinion, her best book to date. The subject matter is not as light as her previous books, but the depth of emotion and the skill with which she writes is incredible.

I'm going to be deliberately vague when describing this book, since the publisher's description is as well. Part of what made this book so compelling was discovering the various details of the plot on my own, and not having someone spoil it for me ahead of time. What I will say is that "Heart of the Matter" is written from the viewpoints of two very different women: Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and married to a skilled pediatric surgeon. She has recently quit her job so that she can stay at home and focus on being a mom, but her decision has left her with a vague dissatisfaction. Valerie Anderson is a single mother to six-year-old Charlie, as well as an attorney. She's fairly satisfied with her life, but can't shake the feeling that something is missing. One night the lives of these two women intersect, and nothing will be the same for them again.

As I mentioned, "Heart of the Matter" is one of Emily Giffin's best books to date. She conveys such emotion with her words- at parts of the book I literally gasped out loud, finding it almost painful to continue reading the story. I felt as though I was experiencing the things that the characters were; that's how involved I was.

Giffin also takes a difficult situtation, one where there is not a wrong or a right answer, and tries to present two views without ever choosing sides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By iLeelee on July 20 2011
Format: Paperback
This book really tugs at the heartstrings! While I could most certainly identify with Tessa, I also found myself feeling for Valerie. This book put me on an emotional rollercoaster and I couldn't get off until it was finished! One of her best books, by far!
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Format: Paperback
After reading almost all of her books I must say that I very much like Emily Giffin style of writting. Heart of the matter been one of my favorite book from her. It's light but deep all at the same time; a style that Emily Giffin knows how to achieve. But it goes beyond what we expect from a chick lit book ; with a serious subject and interesting psychology of characters. I loved the children input too. A must read.
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By Shannon on July 8 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This one was difficult for me to get through because there was so much deep emotion involved.
Made me quite sad, so if your up for an emotional story, then this is a solid choice for an easy read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 0Clairebear0 on Dec 20 2011
Format: Paperback
'Heart of the Matter' tells the same story from three different sides. It features Valerie, the single mother of young Charlie; Nick, a pediatric surgeon; and Tessa, his wife. The three are thrown together when Charlie suffers third degree burns to his face and Nick is called in to repair the damage. Charlie's accident, recovery and the events following are detailed from all three characters viewpoints. This set up was really enjoyable and it was interesting to read the different characters feelings on the same incidents.
The main characters were very developed and well-rounded, you could both love and hate them at different points throughout the story. Their emotions ooze off the pages in many spots. This book is written with so much grace and emotion, it's hard not to feel for the characters. The development of the relationships between the characters was also very well done. The transitions from 'patient' to 'friend' were smooth and natural, and the reader can see how easily it would be for Valerie to feel the way she does.
This was the first Emily Griffin novel I had read and it was very enjoyable and well written. I would definitely recommend this novel and will read more by her.
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By cdnmickeyfan on April 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Emily Giffin and this book did not disappoint. I read it in 4 hrs cover to cover and can't wait for the next one.
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