Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Harper Collins Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Allie Crawford is a once-aspiring screenwriter turned successful public relations executive, mother of two young children, with a marriage that feels more like a hostessing gig than it does a relationship.  At thirty four, she is at a crossroads. Then she meets a head-turning, traffic-stopping beauty at the bar of the famed New York City Tudor RoomWhen Allie finds her husband Wade locked in their laundry room with this same stunning blonde, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, Allie starts to think her marriage is more of a fa├žade than something real. Maybe she’s fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.

This intriguing blonde is Jackie Malone, a business school student at Wharton who appears unannounced in Allie Crawford’s world with an uncomfortable degree of information about her personal and professional life. Showing up at all the same parties, lunches, and with a seemingly quite intimate relationship with Allie’s husband, Jackie is a feisty, gorgeous, leggy fashionista that just might have the key to Allie’s future. If she can only learn to trust her.

As Allie and Jackie search for truth, they uncover scandals, betrayals, and financial crimes worthy of front page headline news. Swiftly-paced and electrifying, THE IDEA OF HIM follows their fast-growing friendship and the intimate, sexy conversations they have as Allie takes command of her life and learns to live on new terms that are alternately exciting and terrifying.

I think most women will be able to relate to this book- falling for someone that you don't really KNOW, but you know the facia they present to the world. When that veneer shows cracks and the real person is shown underneath, it always seems like a total surprise. Was it because we allowed ourselves to be duped, or were we taken in by someone so skilled, there was no way for us to tell? That is what the novel explores- the choices we make and why. How when we find out the truth we have a bigger choice to make and that choice can free us in ways we never thought were possible. The author leads the reader down Allie's path with her, as she uncovers the truth in her marriage and has to face a bitter reality and choice for herself and her two children. How the story plays out is the tale, not so much the end and afterward. The journey is the tale in this book. I highly recommend this book- it's a page turner you won't want to put down!  

About the Author:

HOLLY PETERSON is the author of the New York Times and international best seller, The Manny. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award–winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she cov­ered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications.Check her out online at: www.HollyPeterson.com


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