An Ordinary Woman: A Novel [NOOK Book]


From bestselling author, Donna Hill comes an evocative, unforgettable novel about love, friendship, marriage, adultery. . .

"You'll find out soon enough. So I may as well say it now. I slept with my best friend's husband. There is no explanation. Not a real one, anyway, not one that people will accept, especially people who know me. . .But I want to tell my side. . .Just ...
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From bestselling author, Donna Hill comes an evocative, unforgettable novel about love, friendship, marriage, adultery. . .

"You'll find out soon enough. So I may as well say it now. I slept with my best friend's husband. There is no explanation. Not a real one, anyway, not one that people will accept, especially people who know me. . .But I want to tell my side. . .Just hear me out. . ."

Asha and Lisa have been best friends since grade school and they have always shared everything. A beautiful and accomplished photographer, Asha never seems to lack excitement or a man to share it with. Yet, for a woman who appears to have it all there is always "that something" she needs to make her feel whole. . .worthy.

Lisa, "the good girl," has always dreamed of the perfect marriage to the perfect husband. Now she has both with Ross Davis and she has their future planned to the last, perfect detail.

Ross didn't want to believe that he and Lisa had married too soon. He didn't want to believe that each day the man he thought himself to be was being stripped away by the woman he loved--leaving him feeling like a kept man instead of the man of the house.

And then--betrayal. No one knows how it happened, how they could have done this to each other. But now, they each want to tell their side of the story.

As Asha, Lisa and Ross travel down the road to discovery, you will root for them, hurt for them, hate them and love them. But you will never forget them.

An Ordinary Woman is about the betrayal of the most sacred of trusts. It is about the that one moment when a single choice will change lives forever. It is a cautionary tale that dares to look deep inside the hearts and minds of the characters involved. Most importantly, An Ordinary Woman attempts to answer the question: How?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Commitment and betrayal are the themes of this gracefully written novel by the author of Rhythms. Lisa Holden and Asha Woods have been best friends since the day they struck up a conversation as 12-year-old neighbors in an African-American enclave in Brooklyn. Like yin and yang, they have different personalities and dreams. Raised within a stable family, Lisa is now an English professor who always looks before she leaps; Asha, the product of a dysfunctional upbringing, is a worldly photographer who lives life spontaneously. When Lisa finds and weds her Prince Charming, architect Ross Davis, both women worry that the marriage will affect their relationship. Meanwhile, Ross, who is accustomed to taking care of the women in his life, feels emasculated by Lisa's control over their marriage. When Ross loses his job and Asha has a confrontation with her mother, they turn to each other for comfort and share one night together without considering the consequences. It doesn't take Lisa long to suspect the worst and to discover the truth. Similar betrayals have fueled innumerable plots, but Hill handles the emotional drama well, demonstrating that actions have long-lasting consequences. While the narrative should have broad appeal as a chronicle of human relationships, Hill uses good background detail to make the story more effective for her African-American core audience, introducing such issues as a white student's animosity toward a black professor, for example. Her thoughtful approach invests the love story with greater meaning. Agent, Pattie Steele-Perkins. Author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Betrayal is at the core of Hill's (Rhythms) latest novel, as new bride Asha confronts the love affair between her best friend and her husband. Each character relates his or her side of the story. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Infidelity, followed by endless introspection.

African-American Asha, a globetrotting photographer, has more than her share of lovers—and can’t understand why she’s inexorably attracted to the man who just married her best friend. Granted, Ross Davis is a handsome, sensitive, hardworking architect, but that shouldn’t be enough to dazzle a sophisticated New Yorker like Asha, especially when he pledged his eternal love for Lisa at the church in front of all their friends and family. And Asha and Lisa have been friends since they met as children in a poor Brooklyn neighborhood. Could it be that Asha is attracted only to emotionally unavailable men because, years ago, her father abandoned her understandably angry mother for another woman? Moving right along to Ross’s point of view, it’s clear that he’s not ready for the whole commitment thing, fearing that he’ll have to sell out to afford Lisa’s dream of owning a Harlem brownstone or a spacious suburban house. Though he’s a considerate, upstanding man who believes in fidelity, he’s overwhelmed by the responsibilities of marriage and unable to resist temptation when Asha makes it clear she’s interested. His naïve new bride misses all the signs of the impending affair, but she’s devastated when it finally happens. Where did she go wrong? She took care of Ross in every way—how could he break her heart? Then Lisa’s mother reveals a long-hidden secret: She once had an affair with Lisa’s father’s best friend and had no way of knowing for nine long months whether the child she was carrying was his or her lover’s. Lisa ponders this judge-not-lest-ye-be-judged situation for a while and is glad there are no children this time around. Meantime,Asha’s mother explains the catastrophic breakup of her marriage in bitter detail, and she and Asha fight anew, unable to heal the old wounds. But life goes on—and new love awaits all.

Low-key, oddly unemotional soap, from the author of Rhythms (2001), etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429905510
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 274,029
  • File size: 322 KB

Meet the Author

Donna Hill has seventeen published novels to her credit and has been featured in Essence, The Daily News, USA Today, Today's Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television station across the country and her work has appeared on several bestseller lists. She works full time as a Public Relations Associate for the Queens Borough Public Library system, and organizes author-centered events and workshops through her promotions and management company Donna lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012


    Wow ... this was a well written story. It definitely gets you emotionally involved. Read the entire book in one day. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    My ultimate Favorite

    I've read every single book of Donna Hill's and out of all of them this book is my favorite. I read this book in one sitting, just couldn't bare to put it down. Although Asha did the unthinkable by sleeping with Lisa's husband at some point you seem to feel sorry for her and have some what of an understanding of how it could've happened. While reading the book i could feel Lisa's pain pour from the pages. The book is deep, just when think the shock is over another one is right around the corner. Well worth the weight and gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003


    This book starts off slow. But once everything started unfolding it was hard to put down. It was a great story line to follow. I know I learned something from it, for sure. GREAT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    Ordinary Woman

    This Book was Ok, It Started Out Rather Slow, It Took Too Long Before Anything Really Begin To Happen, But When The Pace finally Picked Up, It Held My Attention,Page After Page. This Book Ended Just As I predicted. I liked This Book More Than Some of The Previous Works Of Ms. Hill...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Ordinary Woman

    Ive Always Been A fan Of Donna Hill, And This Story was A wonderful Read. This story unfolds As 2 Childhood Friends Growning Up Together, Lisa & Asha Were inseparable, Until They Became Adults Things Starts To Change.Asha Always Longed For The Things That Lisa Had As A Child, Such As A cLose Relation With Her Mother Which Asha Didnt have, So Therefore She Had A lot Of Hidden "Jealousy", Asha In Lot Of Ways Wanted To Be Like Her Friend Lisa. Lisa Ends Up Getting Married To Ross Whom Had His Own Doubts About The Marriage From The Very Start,But To Put The Iceing In the Cake, The ultimate Betrayal Happens...Asha Sleeps With Her Best Friends Husband...Lisa Finds Out And Is Devastated...This Book Was Well Worth Every Page....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002


    This read grabs you right from the beginning. Two friends find themselves thrown into the most painful of situations. Things spin out of hand and everyone's life changes. What can a GA-Diva ask for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    Can You Really Trust Your Best Friend

    This tremendous story of two friends seemingly unbreakable friendship is shattered by betrayal. It demonstrates that love, friendship and the bond of holy matrimony can so easly be broken. A must read not just for females but especially for males.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    LOVED this book! A must-read!

    The saying, you reap what you sow, has never been truer than it is for Donna Hill's latest novel, An Ordinary Woman. This novel, by far, is one of my favorite novels written by Hill, and its writing and tension will leave you flipping through pages with the quickness to get to the end. I finished this novel in a little over three hours. An Ordinary Woman provides a realistic peek into the lives of two women who have been friends since childhood, and how one night of wrongful deeds can ruin a friendship, ruin love, and even ruin a marriage. <p> The novel opens during the biggest day of Lisa¿s life; her marriage to Ross Davis. Everyone thinks she has found a catch in him, but many feel that they haven¿t been together long enough to take this step, Lisa¿s best friend, - Asha ¿ included. Lisa is more than sure her marriage will last forever, as is Ross, but there¿s an undercurrent running deep that says forever might not last as long as the two think. <p> Almost immediately after the I DOs, Lisa and Ross' marriage seems doomed to fail. Lisa¿s happily ever after notions are being dashed by reality and Ross can't seem to get over his feelings of not being the 'man' of his family and allowing Lisa to run everything. Before they know it, several events begin to pile up on Ross and he finds himself in need of refuge. The problem? He can't seem to find it in his wife. A twist of fate brings Ross¿ pain together with Asha¿s, as the last bit of her self-esteem is ripped away by her mother. A need for love and understanding becomes a mistake that will never be lived down as Ross and Asha console each other. Can one night ruin a lifetime of friendship, of love, of marriage? <p> In An Ordinary Woman, Donna Hill does a wonderful job of trying to find an answer to that question. From the first page, Hill pulls the reader into tension so thick, that your stomach will hurt in anticipation for what will happen next. Told in first person/present narratives by Ross, Asha, and Lisa, the novel allows the reader to live inside the characters' minds and to feel their conflicts, their emotions. I felt the yearning of each character and as I read, I realized that life isn't black or white. Most of it is all in the gray area and we have to use our hearts to see through the fog of life. <p> I think what I loved the most about the story is its realism. These characters deal with everyday situations and are forced to work through them as best as they can. Hill doesn't leave you with a happily ever after, nor does she leave you with a knock down, drag out, Jerry Springer fight, but what she does allow the reader to do is FEEL and THINK. <p> If you are interested in reading a fast-paced, realistic novel full of lively, fleshed our characters with issues galore, then I highly recommend Donna Hill¿s An Ordinary Woman. <p><p> Shon Bacon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    A Must Read!

    Donna Hill has done it again! She has written a novel so enthralling you can't put it down. The story entangles the lives of long time best friends Asha and Lisa. Asha is the adventurous, take life by the horns and RUN type of woman while Lisa is more sweet and reserved. This story is about friendship, love, betrayal, heartbreak, and cleansing. It is not just a novel of infidelity. Ms. Hill takes you into the backgrounds of the characters, giving you insight on what makes them tick. You learn how infidelity affects more than just the people immediately involved. The story begins with Ross and Lisa's wedding. Lisa is determined to make the marriage work and does everything she can think of to make Ross happy. You soon see some potential problems because of the lack of communication. Ross feels as though his manhood is being taken away from him. Asha is dealing with some issues and trying to find a way to keep everything in her life together. Ross and Asha understand each other's pain and that leads to the biggest mistake of their lives. Ms. Hill writes with such dramatic flair that you can feel the pain of each character in the book. This book will make you happy, sad, and angry throughout it's pages. I applaud Ms. Hill for her spectacular way with words. This is destined to be another best seller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2002

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    The most poetic story of friendship, love, betrayal, and self-preservation. Donna Hill's debut mainstream novel, Rhythms, which I thought was absolutely wonderful, set the stage for her best works to come. Donna's writing ability explodes with An Ordinary Woman. As Donna molds and shapes the lives of Asha, Lisa, and Ross you actually feel their dreams, desires, disappointments, as well as the impending disaster that threatens to disrupt a lifelong friendship and a marriage thought to be made in Heaven. You're drawn to the characters. While you tend to hate Asha's brashness, you can't help but love her and want all good things to happen for her. While Lisa is naive and gullible, she makes the firm stand she should have taken earlier in her sorted relationships, although I silently prayed that she and Ross would get back together. And Ross, who was too loving and generous and makes the fallible mistake most married couples make--non-communication. And it cost Ross his beautiful wife and a dear friend. I didn't want this book to end. I somehow wanted to make everything right between Asha, Lisa, and Ross; however, the story wouldn't have been what it was if it had ended differently. A MUST READ!!!

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