September 23, 2011 · 9:48 am
After the Fall: A Novel by Kylie Ladd (Doubleday; $25.95; 304 pages)
I had been married three years when I fell in love.
Kylie Ladd presents an intriguing story of infidelity told from all sides of an affair in her novel After the Fall.
Energetic, spontaneous Kate has a reliable, loving and dedicated husband, Cary, but senses what she is missing when she becomes intimately involved with her close friend Luke. Denying and risking the security that their spouses and friends provide, Kate and Luke continue to manipulate their lives to be together. But nothing so risky and passionate can last forever… Or can it?
The tale is presented in the first-person. Ladd creates a realistic portrayal of how people’s lives are affected by other’s actions and choices, especially when dealing with moral dilemmas such as betrayal and infidelity. Her characters are presented with depth and the prose is intriguing, captivating and believable. Ladd delves into the psyche and demonstrates the true-to-life feelings and life changes that can occur in sensitive situations such as the ones provided in her story.
Readers should not be discouraged by this topic, as there is nothing voyeuristic about this story. Although the elements of the story are somewhat foreseeable, the story line definitely has elements that are unpredictable, which make it an even more entertaining read. I was captivated by the characters and so interested in the outcome that I was unable to put the book down.
That’s the thing about falling. It doesn’t go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends well… plunge, plummet, pain. Even if you get straight back up, even when you regain your footing, after the fall nothing is ever quite the same.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. “…a subtle, moving and perceptive story of love, loss and hope.” Sydney Morning Herald
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September 19, 2011 · 11:08 am
The Stuff That Never Happened: A Novel by Maddie Dawson (Broadway; $14.00; 336 pages)
The Stuff That Never Happened, written by Maddie Dawson, is a fascinating story that presents a realistic view of the challenges and trials of love, passion, and loyalty within a long-term, modern-day marriage.
The truth is much more complicated. The truth is that I’m actually in love with another man.
Annabelle shares the story of her lovely life raising her children in New Hampshire amongst her loyal, dedicated husband Grant, while building lifelong memories with family and friends. Yet now that the children are grown and gone and Grant is distracted and distant as he dedicates all of his time to writing a novel, she consumes her times dreaming of a man from her past. Then, by chance, she comes across her former lover and has to make the decision of whether to stay with the man she married, or take a chance with the one she desires.
Maybe we’re all dreaming of a person from the tantalizing past who sits there, uninvited, watching from the edge of our consciousness, somebody you find packing up and moving out of your head just as you’re waking in the morning, and whose essence clings to you all day as though you have spent the night with him, wandering off together somewhere among the stars…
Joseph’s Reviews recently interviewed the author and after reading her responses, I found her to be down to earth, warm and fun. Her story is told in a similar light-hearted tone with elements of humor and wit intertwined with enjoyable eclectic characters and flowing dialogue. I felt the same connectedness reading about Maddie Dawson as I did with her main character, Annabelle.
The deep characterization of this novel highlights the themes of passion, love, dedication and forgiveness that bring the characters to life and challenge the reader to wonder if the grass is truly greener on the other side and whether the consequences are worth the grazing.
I look forward to reading future novels from Maddie Dawson.
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