No marriage is perfect.
Josh and Anna Montgomery are trying to have a baby. Well, Anna is. Josh is making the minimum contribution necessary, and it’s ruining their relationship.
Gabe Hawkins is trying to survive the wild ride that is life with his wife, Claire. It’s passionate everywhere but in their bedroom.
For these four friends, the difficulties of their marriages are camouflaged by hazy happy hours, extravagant vacations, picturesque weddings, and sleeping in. The possibilities of their youth are wilting in the light of their waning twenties, and on one fateful night, four friends become two. Survivors become lovers. Truths are told, and nothing seems like forever anymore.
|Publisher:||Brunswick House Publishing|
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for storytelling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It was during that time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it's completely inappropriate.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Often times I underestimate a book based on its cover or description. It happens pretty frequently, actually. I did it here with Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire. It's not that I didn't think this book would be as good as it was. It's more that I expected another light, fluffy, romance read. Instead I got a much more complicated, nebulous story. I'll admit that I had no idea what this story entailed exactly going into it. At about halfway through I realized that I needed to take all formerly-developed opinions and crush them. I'm not entirely sure that I'm going to stop thinking about this book for quite some time. Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire is in no way a fluffy romance novel. While there is romance involved, it's not what you'd call a "conventional" romance. That's not a bad thing, however. Ms. Freed definitely did something different with this story. She made characters that are so multi-faceted and esoteric that it's impossible for me to compare this work to anything else. The two main characters (I'm hesitant to give their names) go through something so dreadful that just imagining it makes me sad. But, at the same time, because of the unfortunate event that takes place, there's a hope for these two that the reader envies. It's a second-chance. I'm not going to give anything away because I believe that half of why I enjoyed this story so much was that it took me by surprise. So, I'm just going to say that Ms. Freed knows how to write. She knows how to pull the reader into a story and then pull the rug completely out from under them. Even though I had some idea as to what this would be about, I really didn't comprehend the emotions it would evoke. That's not to say it was perfect. There were a couple of parts that I think I had to kind of suspend belief for, but--it's fiction. That happens. All-in-all, I'm encouraged by the fact that I can still be stirred and surprised in this day-and-age of regurgitated material.
Eliza Freed has this way of making the reality of her characters become so compelling that you don't just read her book, you live it. Her words breathe life into and awaken a sense of connection in the reader that goes beyond the ordinary. The mundane becomes interesting and the minutiae infinitely more important. After reading Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire, I was left with a feeling of contemplative contentment that came from the depth of emotion and existential exploration which Anna in particular goes through during the events which transpire in the novel. She doesn't seem very strong at first but the more she opens up and admits what she thinks, feels and has been through, the more you realize how resilient she truly is. If you enjoy romance for mature readers that goes beyond buying flowers and stalking each other online, that explores the soul searching that many people go through but rarely discuss frankly, then you'll like Freed's latest offering. As usual I am completely smitten and would absolutely recommend this to all my followers who are fans of contemporary fiction.