Heart of the Matter

Author:  Emily Giffin

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press                                                
Pages:  352
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Source:  Purchased







Goodreads:   “Giffin excels at creating complex characters and stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives.”–Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon.  Despite her own mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie–a boy who has never known his father.  After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance–and even to some degree, friendships–believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children.  But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. 

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.


Ope’s Opinion:  As usual Emily Giffin has hit another one out of the park.  This was a very good story, very well written.  She is a  “go – to” author for me, when I need a read I know is going to be good.

                                       It was interesting to see both Tessa’s and Valarie’s perspectives throughout the book.  It gave me insight to the other woman.  I think Nick needed to be stronger in his moral standings.  I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll just have to read it.

                                       If you want an engaging, easy read this is the book for you.  Emily Giffin will keep your attention all the way to the end.


Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.


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