Author: Lauren McBrayer

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Book Description: What would you do if you found the spark that made you feel whole again?

After twelve years of marriage and two kids, Merit has begun to feel like a stranger in her own life. She loves her husband and sons, but she desperately needs something more than sippy cups and monthly sex. So, she returns to her career at Jager + Brandt, where a brilliant and beautiful Danish architect named Jane decides to overlook the “break” in Merit’s résumé and give her a shot.

Jane is a supernova—witty and dazzling and unapologetically herself—and as the two work closely together, their relationship becomes a true friendship. In Jane, Merit sees the possibility of what a woman could be. And Jane sees Merit exactly for who she is. Not the wife and mother dutifully performing the roles expected of her, but a whole person.

Their relationship quickly becomes a cornerstone in Merit’s life. And as Merit starts to open her mind to the idea of more—more of a partner, more of a match, more out of love—she begins to question: What if the love of her life isn’t the man she married. What if it’s Jane?

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Wow, this was quite a surprise read for me. I went into this one completely blind and I was definitely better off for that. Because of this, I will try not to divulge to much in this mini review.

Merit has taken sometime off from work to work on her art and be with her two young sons. She makes the hard decision to return back to work as an architect and that is where she meets Jane her new boss.

Jane quickly becomes one of the most important people in her life and through the novel Merit starts to question everything she thought about love and marriage.

McBrayer writes a complex narrative of a woman trying to decide between right and wrong, the morals that she has ingrained in her. This book is extremely “open door” and does not leave much to the imagination.

I loved the snarky writing and dialogue. I did listen to this on audiobook which was outstanding. I recommend this book highly and I think will make for great discussions.

Thank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Posted by:Lauren A.

You really can say I am an obsessed reader as I read 200-300 books per year. I love Literary Fiction, Memoirs (I don't really care what kind), Mysteries and Thrillers. Once in awhile I will thrown in some YA and Romance. When I am not reading, I am a Sales Engineer for a software company, and I take care of my three cats with my husband. I love music, which my college degree is in. Looking forward to share my thoughts on all things reading.

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