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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Accidental Marriage by Annette Haws-Blog Tour Review


 
 
 
 
 
 


Product Details
  • Title: The Accidental Marriage
  • Author: Annette Haws
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (December 10, 2013)
  • Genre: Women's Fiction
  • ISBN-10: 1462113745
  • FTC:FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
 
 Book Description:
 Nina Rushforth was born with a silver spoon caught in her throat. She and her father have mapped out a future that includes a brilliant legal career, a marriage to an equally stellar attorney or Wall Street whiz kid, and eventually the production of three perfect children. A semester at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, was part of the plan, but falling in love with a handsome missionary was not.

Six months later, after Elliot returns from his mission and after a tumultuous courtship, Nina finds herself teaching at a junior high school, learning to keep house in a minuscule apartment, and living with a man who doesn't know any more about being married than she does. Intimacy, cooking, laundry, lesson plans, and a tug-of-war with a possessive mother-in-law prove to be more overwhelming than Nina can successfully manage. The newlyweds awaken to realize the head on the adjacent pillow belongs to a stranger.

This novel captures the heartbreak of young love caught in the turbulent social crosscurrents of the 70's, at a time when brave women struggled to find dignity and equality in the workplace, as well as peace at home.
 
 My Review:
I couldn't stop reading The Accidental Marriage. This is not a fluffy romance book. This novel shows so many doses of reality for the main characters, especially Nina the female lead. It showcases the first year of marriage between two people who fell in love and married despite their very different backgrounds. The story takes place in the early 1970's where women weren't given the same opportunities in the workplace and the only place for them was in the home. Nina and Elliot struggle in their marriage as Elliott wants a wife who cooks and takes care of their house and Nina isn't meeting those expectations, but he knew what she was like before he married her.
 
 Annette Haws writes so well that you are fully drawn in to this couples story. There are many heartbreaking moments for Nina and Elliot. There is also the problem of interfering and non- accepting in-laws. 
 
Overall this is a book that shows character growth. It is a book full of life's realities and how we deal with differences in marriage, the good and the bad. This compelling read was so well written that I would be in line to read anything that Annette Haws has written or will write. I recommend this novel to readers that enjoy gritty, realistic looks at life with a little romance thrown in.
 
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Praise for THE ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE:

 “A thoughtful, heartbreaking, and often laugh-out-loud romp… Annette Haws explores the interesting question: What keeps a marriage together?”

--Terrell Dougan, a columnist for the Huffington Post and the author of That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for my Sister

“Haws delivers a story that makes you want to rush to the end to find out what happens and prose that makes you want to slow down and savor it.”

--Karey White, author of For What It’s Worth, Gifted, and My Own Mr. Darcy

“If you want a story with plot, character and real, deep meaning that will leave you thinking long after you’re done, this is the book for you.”
--Shannon Guymon, author of Do Over


About Annette: Annette Haws’s literary strengths are based upon her experiences in the classroom. She began her teaching career as a junior high teacher in Richmond, Utah and ended it teaching Sophomore English at Murray High School in Salt Lake City. However, her favorite assignment was a five year period at Logan High School teaching English, coaching debate and mock trial, and watching the antics of her own three children who were also students in the same school.

Her first novel, Waiting for the Light to Change, won Best of State in 2009, A Whitney Award for Best Fiction, and the Diamond Quill Award for Best Published Fiction in 2009 from the League of Utah Writers. In July of 2008, the Midwest Book Review selected it as a Top Pick for Community Library Fiction Collections.



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