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AWESOME STORY!! SAD BOOK! I HAD A LOT IN COMMON WITH THE CHARACTERS SHE CHOSE. I KNOW ITS FICTIONAL BUT TO ME IN MY 47 YEAR OLD HEART THE WHOLE BOOK WAS LIKE MY LIFES STORY!
This book was completely different than the summary. It is not really about an heiress deceived by her manipulative husband and her quest to understand while getting involved with another man. Though those things may occur, they are in a TOTALLY different context, the summary is a random cherry picking of events in the book. After 3 hours in I was very bored and uninterested and kept checking that I didn't misunderstand or misread the summary. These are the aspects of the book I wished I knew beforehand or that should be included or at LEAST hinted at in the summary:
1) In present day, Kristine and Logan are around their 40's with 3 children in their teens (maybe 16-17 yrs old)
2) The book flashes back from the mid-1960's then jumps to the present of the mid-1980's
3) Present day starts with Logan retiring from the US Military and the family living in Germany where Logan is stationed.
4) The family is moving back to the US since Logan is retiring and so Kristine and the kids go first while her husband is supposed to follow shortly after.
5) He never comes and THAT'S how Kristine was deceived (it occurs right away and didn't unravel in a suspenseful way so it doesn't matter)
So, she and the 3 kids learn right away that Logan took off with the trust fund money and the kids get involved in figuring everything out. The kids confront Kristine early on and tell her that she was an absent mom in the sense that she was very passive and their dad was a disciplinarian and had wandering eyes for other women (and of course Kristine is just stunned with this news). And THAT'S how Kristine learns how &quot;manipulative&quot; her husband was/is - there were no enthralling circumstances or incidents. There was no mention of a family with almost adult children in the mix. Had I known these were the actual events to unfold I would not have been interested in the book. Though it may be a good story, it is not what is advertised and therefore, quite disappointing.
This is a good story with lots of elements. My only criticism is that there is the odd time when it tends to drag a little to emphasise a point which is generally about the central character, Christine, and her inability to see clearly. Thus, it can make it a little slow. It also makes you wonder if really, there are, women who would be so blinkered and naive about the traits someone exhibits. The story line is good and well worth listening too as it has one good twists.