Beside HerselfBeside Herself by Elizabeth LaBan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Kathleen Carter Communications and Amazon Publishing for a free copy of this book for review. I really enjoyed this book and tore through it in a day. This story hooked me from page one. Hannah is happily married to Joel and they have an idyllic and strong marriage or so Hannah and all their friends thought. As Hannah discovers Joel has had an affair she is conflicted whether or not to remain in the marriage. Joel is apologetic and claims it was never his dissatisfaction with Hannah or their marriage that led him to make the biggest mistake of his life. Hannah’s best friend encourages her to stay with Joel which surprises Hannah and causes her to second guess whether she really wants to end her marriage. Hannah is also unsure whether or not she wants to upend her children’s lives but she is furious with Joel for putting everything in jeopardy. Another important and interesting character in the book is Joels’s father who is in an extended care facility. It was so nice to see Hannah’s relationship with him. So, ultimately everything comes down to what Hannah chooses to do with her marriage. I found the character development strong and the secondary characters such an important part of the story. As I said, I was engaged with this book from beginning to end.

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