Monday, 7 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #204
Marriage Under Suspicion - Sara Craven
N.B. The above details relate to the North American release of this book.
From the back cover:
"'Your husband loves another woman.'
The note was signed "A Friend," but no friend would ever do that to another woman. Could it be true? Was Kate Lassiter's marriage falling apart? She still loved her husband, Ryan, still thrilled at his touch, but how long was it since they'd last made love?
On the surface they had it all: successful careers, a lovely home and the perfect marriage. But if Ryan had committed the ultimate betrayal, then revenge was no answer. Kate wanted her husband back and she was prepared to fight to keep him. Because while her marriage was under suspicion there was no way she could tell Ryan she was expecting his baby!"
Once again this is a book that was suggested as a favourite Presents/Modern. This book has recently been re-released as part of the Harlequin Treasury line (an ebook only line). You can find out about this on Harlequin.com (link) and they can also be purchased from the Kindle store if your in the US.
The heroine Kate is devastated when she receives an anonymous letter saying her husband loves another woman. She begins to realise that their marriage has not been good for sometime, however she never suspected that Ryan, the hero, may be having an affair and doesn't want to lose him. Deciding not to tell Ryan about the letter, hoping that it is just from a spiteful and jealous woman, Kate tries to get closer to him but when he seems pre occupied all the time and not interested in her she begins to worry. Over the following weeks Kate starts to think Ryan is having an affiar and falls into despair. She attempts to follow him, show interest in his work, join him on business lunches, be more involved with his family and other things, but she gets nowhere. She only feels that things are not right and decides to confront him not knowing what she might discover.
This is a difficult book to describe as, well, not a lot really happens, yet a lot happens at the same time. I really enjoyed the marriage-in-trouble theme and the way that the heroine tried to deal with it. Kate is a good character, even if she is a little annoying at times, and her hurt and desperation is written really well. Some of the "suspicions" that the author included so far away from being subtle that I felt like they were slapping me on the face, yes they were pretty obvious! But it doesn't harm the overall enjoyment of the book, I kept reading and was entertained throughout. I have read a lot of Sara Craven's books and this one is a little different from her normal style, and that is always nice to read.