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Portrait of Our Marriage by [Emms, Martha]
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Length: 251 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. Alcala on September 16, 2012
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This novel has the most spectacular wedding scene I've ever read, which artfully hints at Brett's mania for excess and the heart of darkness ahead for Nicky and Brett's lusty, whirlwind romance. It's easy to root for Nicky who is down-to-earth, adventurous and open-minded, despite a repressive upbringing. I got swept along as she gets exactly what so many women want: a sexy, fun-loving hunk who also embraces marriage and family life. When Brett's penchant for porno becomes an all-consuming obsession, the author does a terrific job of realistically portraying Nicky's confusion, soul-searching, attempts at understanding and eventual fight for her love life. It's clear how difficult this is when faced with an addictive behavior that is not well understood. It's also great to see the author boldly take on a subject that many women face, but are still ashamed to admit even among themselves. An imaginative, highly recommended read.
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Looking at memories in a digital photo frame might revive a marriage, and looking at porn on the internet might destroy it. Both come together in Martha Emms' fictional tale Portrait of our Marriage, which marries graphically sensual romance with the harsh realities and imperfections of life. Just how imperfect can a marriage become before it's time to call it quits? And where is the line between being selfish and being true to oneself?
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.
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A book filled with deep love between a couple that turned into a nightmare. A nightmare of broken trust, destroyed dreams and trying to find self worth. A well written story of a woman trying to figure out where 'do you' finally draw the line and realize enough is enough. Do you stay because of memories and children only to loose one's own individual self or do you end it, no matter how scary the future might be, to live a life of new beginnings. If you have ever been in this womans situation, I'd recommend reading this book. Filled with truths and insites I could completely relate to, this author writes about the reality of porn which affects many women today and the heartbreak it can create.
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.
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This one was, as I said, very interesting. I desperately wish more romance novels were this complex and had interesting endings. I really, really don't understand the people who wanted the a different resolution--the ending felt very right. As a person with a degree in counselling and education on sex addiction, I found it a fairly moving and accurate portrait of sex addiction.

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.
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I was impressed with the style of writing for this book. It was easy to relate to the main character and empathize with her throughout her journey. It reads like a romance novel with a dark twist. Not every love story has to have a silver lining.
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