I <3 Book Review: The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

July 30,2013

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Fiction

394 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

MY TAKE 

 

 

This was the book of the month for my book club.  I normally wouldn’t select this type of book to read but I’m glad I did.  I enjoyed this book, it tells the story of three women who live in Australia and how their lives are all connected because of a secret.  Cecilia is a community active stay at home wife and mother who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband.  The letter is to be opened after his death, dun dun dun…. He’s still alive.  She opens the letter against her husband’s wishes and the secret revealed can change their lives for ever.  Rachel comes off as a bitter older woman whose only joy is her grandson.  Years ago her teenage daughter was murdered and the killer never found.  She still obsesses over the case but goes overboard when new evidence comes to light.  Last but not least is Tess, her life seems to be smooth sailing until her husband and cousin confess to being in love with each other.  SCANDALOUS!!!

The best thing about this book is the relatable feel it has.  No, not everyone in this story has a happy ending and that’s life.  I also enjoyed that the author did not bring the women together to address their problems get over them and then focus on one big bad.  There is also a bit of mystery and romance without overdoing it.  Overall a good story.

WHAT I DIDNT <3

  • It took me two months to get through this book :-O to me it was not a page turner.  And there were a few times I felt the book to be boring and slow.
  • The author included a fourth point of view somewhat towards the middle of the book that I don’t believe added anything to the story.
  • The best part of the book was the epilogue.  Not because it was over but it was really well written, funny and provided closure.  I know these are all positives but to ready a book and you favorite portion is the end is really disappointing.  But I still say this was an OK book.

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MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Is It Wrong I Don’t Have A Hustle?

I’m 27 years old, I’m single, I have two degrees and working on a third (pray for me).

I have a decent job (not the dream one but it’s coming) and I have good credit.

And that is my life, well some of my life.  And today someone pointed out those things to me and said “why are you hustling”? And immediately… Hustlin’ hustlin’ Everyday I’m hustlin by Rick Ross came into my head.  Why? Probably because I’m from Miami and well he’s our rap mascot.  So I become obsessed with duh! finding a hustle.  Looking for another job so I can make more money and looking for a part-time to make more money until my new money-making full-time comes along.  Oh and did I mention I already have a full-time job in addition to pursuing my MBA part-time.   So I looked for a couple of hours and nothing!  So I prayed and cried to God telling Him my frustrations.

Then confusion hit me like a slap to the face.

FYI I also suffer from minor anxiety attacks, mostly when I feel my life is spinning out of control.

And it was at the onset of an attack when I realized God is not a God of confusion, satan is.  He came in ever so quietly riding on the advice of a friend.  I almost missed him,almost. So I reminded myself to keep my eyes set on Jesus and softly in the background Bethel’s It Is Well came on and played this on time lyric.

“Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well”

Then I read my She Reads Truth devotional which highlighted Psalms 37:1-9

3  Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land

and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,

and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,

And i heard God say ” I did not call you to hustle Mychelé, I called you to live abundantly. I want you to rest on the Sabbath, enjoy your family and friends.  How can you do all those things and hustle? Don’t you know I will provide your every need.”

And I wept.  Now I not saying hustlin’ is a bad thing or that you should quit your second job.  All I’m saying is don’t let the voice of other overrule the voice of God. Whatever or whoever is loud in your ear mute them and God speak into your heart.

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MycheléAnjelica

<3 Scriptures of the Week 7.28.14

  • … See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49: 16
    • It’s so awesome to know how much God loves us.  Everyday im amazed at how much thought he puts into me.  I feel so <3’d
  • Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
    • God knows the struggles I’ve been going through these past couple of months.  Just assures me that everything we go through is not missed by God.  Keep standing, keep your eyes on Christ.  You may not see the reward but God sees All and knows All.  Be Encouraged!!

I hope these little nuggets help you as much as they’ve blessed me this week.

<3,

MycheleAnjelica