- File Size: 604 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0094XQSR8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Outwardly Nicky has it all. After a somewhat repressed childhood under a domineering religious father, she meets Brett, the perfect hunk and ideal date. Soon they're off to the gorgeous scenery of Havasu Falls where myriad mysticisms blend into a beautiful marriage ceremony and the future beckons. Brett's role as the perfect husband is marred only by his love of certain magazines and movies, and the internet, but surely Nicky, determined not to let the past spoil her future, should be able to cope. She protects her children. She presents herself to the world as perfectly happy, and she hides her pain.
Beautifully descriptive passages bring gorgeous scenery to life. Haunting internal dialogs create deepening empathy. And if anyone can be "a nice perv," Brett surely can. But addiction's ability to destroy relationships is hauntingly real and very well-drawn in this thought-provoking novel. Framed by steamy romance, this tale runs the gamut of emotions and reveals those cracks in the balance between image and truth. Sometimes drawing a line might be more important than holding onto a broken memory.
Disclosure: I heard about this novel on the internet and was lucky enough to get a free ecopy.
Disclaimer: I had been wanting this book from the moment I first saw it. As luck would happen I actually won it and man, I'm glad I did.
I liked the honesty--the narrator is biased and admits to it, and adds competing perspectives to her own, without pretending the change her own ideas. I especially enjoyed the main characters--they are well-drawn, complex, and rich portraits. THe supporting characters felt realistic, very much so, and the ending was realistically dark yet hopeful. There are a few very nice descriptions, such as of a Maine Coon cat near the end.
I didn't like some of the descriptions of the sex--there were very stilted moments, even though most were successful in conveying the passion of a couple still interested and involved in each other. Some of the language, too, was a little too distant for my taste. Still, I didn't see anything glaring that went beyond 'first novel' trial, and I really don't think these issues will be a problem for most people.
In all, it's a pretty impressive first novel, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a realistic, easy look at sex and porn addiction, or to someone looking for a more realistic alternative to the glut of romance novels on the market.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Portrait of Our Marriage very cleverly draws the line between what should be acceptable in a relationship and what shouldn’t be. Read morePublished 12 months ago by @WritingOnACloud
When I bought this book I really did not know what to expect. Martha Emms’s Portrait of our Marriage read like a case study on porn addiction. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Star
I love the honesty in this book. We all strive for a perfect relationship but it isn’t always possible. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Day (Author/Illustrator Astro's Adventures)
First off, I thought the use of a digital picture frame to fill in back story was a pretty unique approach. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pamela Foley
At what point in an adult couple’s relationship does one person’s private, sexual addictions become too intrusive for his/her partner? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer49
Gosh, there was sooo much emotion in this book. I'm still trying to sort out my feelings. First; I hated Brett right off the bat. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TeddyBear
Portrait of our Marriage, by Martha Emms, is an emotionally graphic, sexually explicit, no-holds-barred portrayal of addiction to pornography. Read morePublished 14 months ago by SUMMER
Marriage is not for the feint of heart. The writer depicts a part of marriage that may people deal with in these modern times. Read morePublished 14 months ago by sb1229
What a bittersweet story of love and addiction. Nicky and Brett were the perfect couple. They were popular in the neighborhood and had some close friends to go camping and skiing... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Flowergirl