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Top Customer Reviews
It uplifts you on so many levels it's difficult to know where to start. I could relate to almost every single scenario in this book. Clearly when you think you are going through something alone there are many other women going through exactly the same difficulties and emotions.
The author brought out the characterizations brilliantly. There were so many times I knew exactly how the ladies felt. Made me want to tear my hair out in frustration at their predicaments. The husbands are well portrayed without going over the top. I am sure that every woman in the world has experienced similar situations to a certain degree.
Some of the scenes are very hard hitting, but I felt that they were done very well. It's not until the women reach their lowest points that they can start to rebuild their lives and regain some dignity. There's also a lovely side plot with the ghastly Dept boss and a member of the kitchen staff. I wanted to bash a bowl of fried artichoke hearts over her thick head and then stuff her through a shredder!
If a book can make emotions like this come to the fore for the reader there is no way it can be other than brilliant. I can't wait to read more from this talented author.
Each make the choice to explore a relationship outside their marriage, to find emotional or physical fulfillment. Heather is married to someone who places their individual achievements far above the needs and wants of his family. Victoria is married to her high school sweetheart and though she tries to stay connected, there is no doubt that they have matured into very different people over the past thirty years. Catherine's marriage problems stem from her past and her inability to cope with normal intimacy.
Ms. Ardigo takes us on a journey where we explore the inner workings of these women's minds and hearts and the value they place on family and love. In the end each woman comes to their own conclusions about how the future unfolds, and it is the honesty within their circle of friendship that helps them rescue themselves.
A truly well-crafted and emotionally conceived book that encourages us not to judge but to try to understand.
The book largely centers around a hospital. I found the setting to be fascinating as I am unfamiliar with the behind-the-scenes culture of hospital life. The author makes you believe that you are there. The details are so specific that you start to wish you were. There is a scene early on in the book that takes place at meeting at work. The characters are discussing National Nutrition Month. I'm not sure of that is a real event but the conversation about it is still sticking with me. I laughed out loud at the description of a fat and calorie laden egg sandwich made with only egg whites. The author is clearly poking fun at food fads and misinformation all the whole keeping the story going.
I like a book that makes me feel something and when I can empathize with the characters. I devoured Cheating to Survive in a weekend but it will stay with me for longer. Highly recommend!
The issues and resolutions for all three women are quite different. We have Heather who just plain married the wrong man from the beginning. We find out that every five years she runs into the man she should've married--and no, he's not the one she cheats with. Then there's Victoria who is at the thirty year mark for her marriage. She and her husband have changed, drifted apart--a potential issue in any long-term relationship. She's progressed in life, matured, and he's remained in the past, basically unchanged from high school. Finally, we have Catherine who is the youngest in the story with three young children and a husband that doesn't seem to understand her--but we find she doesn't even understand herself, so how can he?
The scene that tugged the hardest at my emotions was near the end when we really hear Catherine's husband speak from the heart. Peter paints the picture of their relationship from his vantage point, starting with when they first met many years earlier, still remembering what she was wearing that night, and progressing to the present where they seem to have lost each other somewhere along the way. His words rang true, felt real, and made me like him, made me empathize with him and hope that they could work out their issues and move forward--together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book after I had a reccomendation from Amazon, Christine Ardigo was a new author for me. I started reading this book on a Thursday evening & by Saturday I was finished... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Shell
I found and loved this book in the Peace, Love and Romance Anthology. This book is so well written and believable, Every woman or even man can relate the characters and how their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie
I liked it. It reads fast, and the characters are distinct, interesting, and sympathetic. The plotting is smooth and believable, and it kept pulling me along to see how the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jo B. Hayve
I hadn't read this author nor I had heard of her until she became part of Peace Love and Romance. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of reading this book provided. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian P. Lane
Great book because it gives you insight into three different people's lives. You see their struggles and trials, disappointments and dreams.Published 6 months ago by TJ Fitch
Three different women, three different kinds of marriages, but the same struggle to find a solution. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jan raymond
Cheating to Survive gives readers an honest and at times sad glimpse into the marriage of three different women struggling to maintain a connection with their husbands. Ms. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Engy Albasel Neville
Cheating to Survive is well written, compelling, and a great read. I liked each of the women - Catherine, Heather, and Victoria - and Ms. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JCVTheFizgig
Cheating to Survive (Fix it Or Get Out) is a well-written book about three women struggling with failing marriages and low self-esteem. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greene Earth
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