Read: July 2017
From the nationally bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle, a witty, insightful new novel about juggling the demands of three husbands—a work husband, an almost husband and an ex-husband—and figuring out the true meaning of family.
Avery Graham has built a life that anyone would admire. She has a brilliant career as chief of staff to Peter Haines, the charismatic mayor of Toronto. She has a devoted partner in Matt, her live-in boyfriend of 14 years. And she has a loving family and deep friendships that stretch back to childhood summers at the cottage.
But when Matt proposes, Avery’s past threatens to engulf her present. Can she contemplate a lifetime commitment to Matt after her disastrous first marriage to Hugh? And is Matt really the love of her life, when she has spent so much of it by Peter’s side? Avery could use some good advice from the women who know her best, but her closest friends, Jenny and Tara, have drifted away over the years.
When a scandal erupts at city hall, Avery must overcome her deepest fears about love and loss, and discover what it means to be a family.
This is my first Kate Hilton book and it won’t be my last! One of the things I’m loving about my Month of Canada is that I get to discover so many new-to-me authors and find more great books than the classics that are usually put on Canadian reading lists. Kate Hilton’s book reminded me of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and I was definitely intrigued by the story of Avery and her struggle to find balance between her work and personal life, as well as getting over the fears that were instilled when she was younger.
That being said, Avery was such a hard character to like! I am most definitely NOT a workaholic and I never understood people who were, though Avery had this devotion to her boss for so long that I could see how the lines would get hazy between your job being your job and your job being your life. I wanted to yell at Avery most of the time and enjoyed seeing how she grew throughout the novel and managed to find herself. The ending might have been too quickly wrapped up, but it was still a very enjoyable ride that had me reaching for my book whenever I could.
I also loved that this story takes place in Canada! Too often I get excited about a book by a Canadian author only to find that it doesn’t take place in Canada. Sure, it takes place in Toronto, which is one of those Canadian cities featured in a lot of books that take place in Canada, but it’s still nice to have that bit of Canadian representation.
This book was very enjoyable and I really want to check out Kate’s debut novel, The Hole In The Middle, now. I can’t wait to see what her next book will be!