The Accidental Marriage

The Accidental Marriage

by Annette Haws

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ISBN-13: 9781462113743
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Annette Haws is a native of Utah and a graduate of Utah State University. Her graduate work at the University of Iowa and the University of Utah. Her first novel, Waiting for the Light to Change (2008) won Best of State, a Whitney Award for Best Fiction, and the League of Utah Writers Award for Best Published Fiction. The Midwest Book Review selected the book as a Top Pick for Community Library Fiction Collections. Ms. Haws has been published in Sunstone and Dialogue.

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The Accidental Marriage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book, for the most part. It kept me interested throughout. A few parts were slow, but the end moved at a good pace. This was a good story, but I was expecting it to me a bit more light-hearted and fluffy. The Accidental Marriage has a lot of depth and delves into issues that changed the US immensely. Nina and Elliott found themselves in love and married in the 1970s. This was at the height of the equal rights for women (Title IX) and the feminist movement. Nina and Elliott are opposites in so many ways. A few times, I had to stop and remind myself of the era that this story takes place because I was surprised by Elliott’s reaction to what Nina was going through at her teaching job. (I wasn’t surprised by his expectations, or her experiences. I was just surprised by his reaction.) Such different thinking from today. It did make for interesting reading. I liked Nina and Elliott at different times for different reasons but not consistently. There were times that I didn’t like either of them. And there were other times where I was rooting for one or the other. I liked Nina’s parents. It was surprising how forward-thinking they were, especially her father. That was refreshing and provided an interesting perspective on Nina. I liked Elliott’s father; I felt for him. I wanted to know more about him. Elliott’s mother was not a favorite, but I understood her. The ending left me a bit disappointed. I know what the author was trying to do. I get it. I appreciate it. BUT . . . *SPOILER – ISH ALERT* I wanted to know the resolution. I wanted to know how the summer went. I wanted to know the future of Nina and Elliott. Would I recommend it: I would. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I remember getting married...a long time ago...and having quite a time adjusting. I had dreams of getting married and living life in a fairy tale--happily ever after. Little did I know, there would be a lot of work and comprise to get to the happily ever after (still working on it...). Meshing two people from different backgrounds with different expectations isn't an easy task. I didn't go through nearly the amount of things that Nina did, thank goodness. I thought this was a great book--it was real and raw and really showed the emotion, strain, and ups and downs that newlyweds face. I especially enjoyed the time in history that it was set in--the 70s. Nina was so determined to be who she wanted to be and she didn't want to be set back by some outdated ideas. She was a trailblazer for women in her time. There were struggles that I didn't realize women faced at that time. My parents were newlyweds around the same time and it helped me relate to the place in history that they lived and started building their lives together. These two were quite stubborn and headstrong, which was good and bad. I loved watching them grow and learn. Reading this book was a very emotional ride, but one that I really enjoyed. Content: kissing; intimacy between a married couple is eluded to, but in no way descriptive. Clean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! What a tender love story about acknowledging differences in two people in up bringing and family life and the growth to accept those differences. I couldn't put it down.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
"Two different scripts were etched in their brains of what normal ought to be. Like it or not, they each brought those scripts--that they didn't know they had--to this drama called marriage." "Standing next to each other on the stage, Elliot was reading lines from Barefoot in the Park and Nina was performing As You Like It, so of course the dialogue made no sense." This book is an AMAZING story of two people so in love... Until they realized that the expectations they brought with them were going to be unmet. The little things start to bother them..."cooking mishaps, laundry disasters, and tug-of-wars with the in-laws." Pride gets in the way, both are stubborn, both take turns leaving. Somewhere along the way a promise was made...can they both find a way to keep it? This book is REALLY GOOD! Couldn't put it down! A MUST-READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Based on the romance and eventual marriage of Nina and Elliott, the book had me laughing as two people from very different backgrounds struggled to make their marriage work. Parts of the book reminded me of my own kids and the adjustments they have had to make when they got married. I spent a lot of time smiling while reading this book and rooting for this young couple to succeed. Very well written and lots of fun to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Marriage is a book that explores passion, love, marriage, and family; how they overlap, and how they don't. Haws' will take you on a thrilling journey through the roller coaster relationship of Nina and Elliot, a pair that seem as if they have nothing in common but who can't seem to live without each other. The obstacles that this couple encounter in their first year of marriage will make you laugh and cry. I couldn't read this book fast enough and kept flipping to the last page, hoping it would reveal how everything was going to resolve.
Julie-71 More than 1 year ago
Nina and Elliot are unaware of the disparity between the cultures of their two families, and Elliot, while loving and kind, is blind to the damage his mother inflicts on his marriage.  Ms. Haws' insights into the internal motivations of the characters, often unseen by the characters themselves, makes this novel compelling.  A 1970s setting for this story is magnificent, and the author's personal background as a high school teacher brings authenticity to Nina's obstacles.  I was hooked before I finished the first page -- the book was gripping until the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago