Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wife 22 Book Sponsor Spotlight Review


I was fortunate enough lately to have been able to read the new book called Wife 22 from Melanie Gideon. It is a complex book and I wasn't sure I would be able to follow it because you really had to keep your mind on the book and nothing else or you would lose the purpose of the book and what it was really all about. Here is an excerpt from the back of the book and then I will try to explain my take on the whole thing:
Maybe it was my droopy eyelids.

Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her.

Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.

But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22)and a caseworker (Researcher 101).
And, just like that, I found myself answering questions................

7. Sometimes I tell him he's snoring when he's not snoring so he'll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.

61. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man's children.

32. That if we weren't careful, it was possible to forget one another.

Before the study, my life was an endless bluf of school lunches and doctor's appointments, family dinners, and budgets. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, a drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.

But these days, I'm also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpected turn. Soon, I'll have to make a decision - one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I'm too busy answering questions.

As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.
Now, the excerpt does a pretty good job in letting you basically know what the book is about other than what the outcome is. I am not going to tell you the outcome either because as the book progresses, I find myself drawn into it also because we all ask the question, "Is this all there really is to life"? Isn't something new and exciting suppose to happen to us as we get older? But instead, the truth of the matter is, life gets more complicated, our bodies don't want to work right anymore and we lose control of things that we thought we would never ever lose.

This book ended in a great surprise and I have to tell you the way it was played out, I wasn't sure who to root for. Did I want her to leave her husband and family and be happy? Or did I want her to remember her vows and her children and what she has is really all that is important in this life. Everything else is gone so fast and people change all too fast at the drop of a hat. The ending of this book will mystify you but also make you happy and optimistic. It may not be what you would have done or what I would have done, but that is not the point.

Whenever possible, follow your heart but also consult with your brain and be very sure that you are both in agreement that you can live with the consequences. One wrong step and the whole fabric of your life and your family's life can change forever and most do not have fairytale endings where the prince comes back for the princess. But, we sure do love to believe that he does.

The author of this book, Melanie Gideon is going to give the winner of my Blogmania 2012 a copy of this book so that you may read it for yourself and find out what happens. Blogmania 2012 starts on April 25th and ends on the 30th. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were taken from Amazon's blog site as my camera could not get a good picture.

3 comments:

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

given the fact that I have a two year old I would have a hard time reading something that required my undivided attention maybe if he was asleep. This does sound like an interesting read though.

Priscilla Benavides said...

I would love to read this book, I love to read books that require you to pay full attention to the book because to me reading is "me time" and I love getting lost in a good book. I also find myself asking "Is this all there really is to life"? on most days, especially lately when I seem to feel like everyday seems the same, like a routine that seems to get boring as the days pass by.

Romapr said...

This interesting to me as a fictional read because I think we can all relate to some degree even if we don't do everything the character does. Marriage does have its ups and downs. I am curious about the ending. What she chooses.