Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Us by David Nichols

4 Stars
Douglas and Connie have been married for a small eternity. They’re about to become empty nesters once their son leaves home and Douglas is excited to start a new chapter in their lives. Connie is excited too . . . she just doesn’t want Douglas to be included in her book at all any longer. With a family holiday already planned and booked, Douglas sets his sights on changing Connie’s mind and winning her back. But is that even possible when your relationship is pretty much dead in the water?

“After nearly a quarter of a century, the questions about our distant paths have all been posed and we’re left with ‘how was your day?’ and ‘when will you be home?’ and ‘have you put the bins out?’ Our biographies involve each other so intrinsically now that we’re both on nearly every page. We know the answers because we were there, and so curiosity becomes hard to maintain; replaced, I suppose, by nostalgia.”

I’m waaaaaay overdue on writing a review for Us and I’m not quite sure why since I quite enjoyed this book. I love a good ol’ “paint by numbers” type of romance every once in awhile, but I really dig the type of realistic fiction (that’s a thing, right?) written about in this novel. Being someone who has been married for infinity myself, it’s nice to see a story deal with real issues. I loved this premise of taking a journey to discover where everything went wrong and realizing that maybe it was never right. I loved how I couldn’t make any assumptions about what was going to happen. And I loved Douglas. If you’re looking for a book that will bring you some raw emotion and a lot of relationship realities, Us might be the book for you.

Oh, and if this becomes a movie PLEEEEEEEAAAAASE let Ricky Gervais play Douglas. Please?????

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ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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