Welcome to my ‘What I Read Last Week’ Series, where I share new book finds + thoughts about the most recent book I read. I try my best to read a new book every week, so feel free to go through the entire reading list here. Also, be sure to leave your thoughts about the book as well as any other book recommendations you have for me in the comments below. I love anything in the romance, British chick-lit, thriller, mystery genres as well as a good memoir! Cheers & Happy Reading!
The Arrangement By Sarah Dunn
SYNOPSIS: Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”
When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though – the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy – “real life,” or the “experiment?”
MY THOUGHTS: If you’re ever curious what its like to be in an open marriage, this book will definitely take you through this journey. The book was a pretty fun and light read. Sarah takes you through the struggles leading up to the suggestion of having an open marriage for 6 months, the initial excitement of “dating” someone all over again and the consequences that follows the fun. The book also goes into go relatable topics like being “too comfortable” in a relationship and what it’s like to feel invisible to your partner. The only thing I didn’t like were all the side characters and their random story lines slotted throughout the book. I was hoping they would somehow contribute to the ending of the story but it didn’t.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
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The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
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