- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (May 11 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312554168
- ISBN-13: 978-0312554163
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Heart of the Matter Hardcover – May 11 2010
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"HEART OF THE MATTER is a messy, complicated, often uncomfortable portrait of a marriage—and two families—in crisis. But it has everything readers love about Emily Giffin’s books: the heart, the empathy, the truth." —Bookpage
"Questions of infidelity fill this book, which follows the life of pediatric surgeon Nick Russo through the eyes of Tessa, his wife, and Valerie, the mother of one of his patients, whom he is tempted to have an affair with. Transforming the women into more and more sympathetic characters with each turn, HEART OF THE MATTER is an emotional tale of temptation, redemption and letting love lead the way." —Woman’s Day"Emily Giffin continues her streak of penning summer must-reads with HEART OF THE MATTER." —New York Metro"A touching story about marriage, fidelity and two mothers who find themselves inextricably linked." —New York Family"Though Emily Giffin has examined relationships in all of her novels, she reaches a new level of intensity with HEART OF THE MATTER. With characters who are older and wiser than those in her past books, she is able to examine the more serious topics that present themselves within long-term relationships and parenthood. Her characteristic flowing style of writing makes this book no different from her others: one you won’t want to put down." —Woodbury magazine
About the Author
Emily Giffin is the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof and Love The One You’re With. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.
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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. Women will sympathize with both main characters despite themselves. I had a favourite viewpoint, given the choices I've made in life, but towards the end I felt sympathy for the other character as well. Now that's powerful writing!
It's hard to review a book and remain vague, but I really don't want to give anything away. Giffin takes a story that has been done before and adds a fresh spin to it, resulting in a compelling read that you'll think about even after you've read the last page. In short: I loved it, and highly recommend it to any woman, even those who are not fans of Giffin's previous work. "Heart of the Matter" takes things to a whole new level.
I honestly think that there should have been more of a build up in Nick and Valerie's relationship. It just seems like they suddenly loved each other, and I just don't buy it. This man convinced Tessa to call off her engagement to be with him, and they seemed to love each other still even from the beginning of this book. It's hard to see how he could just suddenly be in love with another woman unless he never loved Tessa. I kind of wonder if Valerie was right when she asked if he enjoyed being a savior. He seemed to be happy with the idea of being Tessa's saviour, and then suddenly he loves Valerie when he needs to be there for her. I just can't find his love genuine for her. I also have a hard time even believing Valerie's love. It seems like it's just she was grateful for a man showing her affection and taking charge. That's why I wish there was more build up for their relationship.
I actually liked the Tessa character though, and I liked how Dex and Rachel were in this book. That's something I like about Emily Giffen. Her characters always seem to be connected in some way, and we get to see how they're doing later on in the books. I liked the idea of Tessa being Dex's sister. We get to find out how his family reacted to the affair and Rachel. I always wish to see books about Rachel and Darcy again, so it's nice when they are at least brought up from some kind of connection. I like knowing that Darcy and Rachel moved past the affair and become friends again.
I rated it three stars because I did like the story, but I just felt it could have been a lot better. There should have been more build up for the relationships. It's why I loved Something Blue so much. You got to see Darcy and Ethan fall in love with each other. Emily Giffen also should have picked one voice to tell the story too. It was really off putting to read from first person to third person.
I'm hoping Valerie ends up in another book. I'd like to know how her and Charlie's life turns out. I hope things end up for the best for them.
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