by Courtney Maum
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Just released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Hardback: 352 pages
Moments of great import are often tinged with darns because perversely we yearn to be let down. And so it was that I found myself in late September 2002 at my first solo show in Paris feeling neither proud nor encouraged by the crowds of people who had come out to support my paintings, but saddened.
In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, which Glamour hailed as one of the “10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List Right This Second,” a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse?
Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.
So, what happens at the end of an affair?
This novel gets into the nitty gritty of it and questions love. The struggles of and pain of the aftermath are handled touchingly.
Descriptions of places in Paris were delightful. Got me curious about the eatery, Hippopotamus.
Had a tissue box moment towards the end of the story.
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* listened to audio version - highly recommended
* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)
* part of my Armchair Summer Travel (details)