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Wife Living Dangerously Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a quick moving examination of marital woes. Many of the characters are rather stereotypical such as the incredibly insensitive, imperceptive husband and the friends who seem to be cheerleaders for infidelity. Julia is a bit more compelling. However, the resolution to this saga is hardly "daring." The book is mainstream chick-lit. The author is well-versed in modern culture and uses her words well. It's a good afternoon read if one finds the subject compelling.
Katz (or Kent, as the case may be) and her protagonist, Julia Flanagan, both work in a university-related job; live in an Indiana college town; act the same meek, mild and non-waves-making way; etc etc. Seeing as the main character is sadly quite a wimp (I kept wishing she would just grow a backbone and confront her husband), I just feel bad for Katz, since it seems to obviously be here and what she wished she had done.
The husband, though we are repeatedly *told* he is great person, NEVER shows this, sans one bedtime story. He is a jerk with an obnoxiously obvious wandering eye throughout the entire thing, leaving us to wonder why he's so great, why she's with him, and why she does what she does.
The writing is fine -- it starts well and ends OK with some cute moments in between, but the overall story (and unlikable characters) plus numerous loose ends (she does everything opposite her mother because she never wants to be like her, yet refuses to confront her husband because her mother always told her that men don't like jealous women...) made this a disappointing -- though quick -- read.
In any case, I hope Katz writes another novel very soon, I'd definitely read it.
May 6, 2006
Amazon rating 4/5
"Julia Flanagan has always lived life by the rules. It's a defense mechanism from having grown up with a woman (her mother) who was quite the opposite - breaking all the rules and loving it. Wife Living Dangerously takes a refreshing look at a married woman who, with the coaxing of her friends, decides to cut loose...
Suddenly, Julia is faced with temptation. Handsome Evan Delaney, a medieval studies professor who's always on her mind, keeps turning up everywhere she goes. As her own husband loses interest in her - mostly because of a rock band his friends form and invite him to join - Julia pines after Evan even more. The two begin an innocent friendship, but she's tempted by his talk of 'courtly love' and other things medieval. Evan is obviously interested in Julia, who reminds him she's a married woman." - Complete review at BookLoons - M. Lofton
WIFE LIVING DANGEROUSLY was a good way to spend a lazy afternoon, reading about the escapades of this woman who felt it was time to break loose. Not a serious book, but it was not exactly chick-lit, I liked the main character Julia, and rooted for her as she tried to decide what she really wanted out of life.
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