The Third Wife: A Novel by Jewell, Lisa (June 9, 2015) Hardcover Hardcover – January 1, 1780
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- Publisher : Atria Books (January 1, 1780)
- ASIN : B014I7VU72
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The story revolves around Adrian attempting to unravel the mystery of Maya's death. He thought they were happy and trying to have a baby. Was any of it true?
Gradually, many secrets are revealed.
While I didn't LOVE this book, I did like it a lot. I especially found it very interesting that all of Adrian's families and children are involved with on another even to the point of vacationing together. I've never seen that happen in real life!
The mystery begins when Adrian decides to find a new home for Maya's cat and posts a note on a bulletin board at the post office. A woman answers the add (we first learn she watched him post the ad and she takes it with her) but ultimately decides not to adopt the cat. BUT...she leaves her phone at Adrian's apartment and he tries to find her.
I did think the story weakened near the end and some details were not explained (if Maya left school at 16 how did she become a teacher at a posh girls' school?), but it moves along and is interesting.
I guess the basic theme is "what goes around comes around." Adrian has a lot to learn.
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However, I was bitterly disappointed. I could just not get into this at all, I found the storyline boring and only continued with the book to see if it did improve, but sadly no it didn't. I feel bad giving a negative review as like I've said I did enjoy another of her books but this just didn't ring true. My husband has an ex wife and kids and we have kids and there certainly isn't the camaraderie and friendship that this book depicts between all 3 wives and children. I know some estranged families can get on but I do believe they are few and far between and most are antagonistic. Even the 12 year old boy Otis has such a grown up head on him concerning feelings etc that just doesn't seem real - my 12 year old boy wouldn't know where to begin to express the feelings and emotions Otis did.
It is an easy book to read and follow and I imagine would be a great holiday read sitting on a beach - you will probably either love or hate this book, so I would still recommend this to readers of chic lit rather than thrillers and at the end of the day it is only my opinion. Sorry Lisa.
A really good insight into the feelings of children left behind by their fathers when he moves onto a new life. And to some extent the feelings of the wives left behind..but mostly the effect it has on the children when a marriage breaks up..even little children. And, as the title suggests, the feelings of the latest, in this case..third, wife. They are so often judged as the home breaker...I really appreciated the comments about the grass is greener and a moth following the light..if you read it you will find what I am referring to and where the blame usually lies. It's not always the latest wife or GF's fault because if it wasn't her it would be someone else when this kind of husband breaks up his family.
I thought it was a new idea and I enjoyed her writing style. With the exception of Suzie, the main characters are well drawn, especially Maya. Unfortunately it's let down by the ending.