Book Review: Heart of the Matter

July 6, 2010 book review 3

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin, published May 2010, read June 2010
I have read several of Emily Giffin’s books,  Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Love the One You’re With, and I really enjoy her style and wit.  This was my first book to read on a Kindle.  I borrowed one from a friend, actually the boyfriend of Caitie.  I have been considering purchasing an e-reader and wanted some first hand experience prior to any purchase.  More on that experience later.
Heart of the Matter is really about two women, and how in one horrible accident their lives cross.  Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and wife to a pediatric surgeon.  She has recently given up her career and is busy finding just the right private school in Boston for her oldest child.  She and her husband Nick are comfortable financially and she has friends in the right circles socially and economically.  
Valerie Anderson is a single mom to Charlie, she is an attorney who works hard and yet is not lucky in love.  Her best friend is her brother, who sees through anything she tries to hide.  
The book changes voices from one woman to the other, and yet is is easy to follow and compelling to keep reading.  We learn of loves lost and lessons learned and forgiveness and what really matters most.  
I am giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I really liked it a lot.  It was a relatively short read and I connected with the characters and could see myself in their circumstances.  
BTW I have a paperback copy of Giffin’s first Novel, Something Borrowed, I won it on Goodreads but read it long ago and would be happy to send it to the first taker. 
Now for my take on the Kindle.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  I read it indoors, outdoors, in the car, in my bed, you name it.  It’s lightweight, and the print is indeed so close to paper with no glare etc, it’s amazing.  So now the price has come down, and I’ve played with both Kindle and Nook, and I think, oh dear dare I say this, I think I want one!!  
I have a goal, I “own” 20 something books, books that I’ve bought, borrowed, won, or been given.  In an effort to feel less guilt my goal is to read all these books, buy no more books(really difficult as I just purchased 3 new books in the last 8 days). and then and only then can I purchase an e-reader!!  
I’m leaning towards the Nook.  I’ve always loved B&N, and had stellar service both online and in the bricks and mortar buildings.  I like that I have a store I can take any problems to.  I like that I can share books with other Nook users.  I like that friends have told me it’s easy to borrow library e-books on the Nook.  
Nothing is in stone yet, and reviews and opinions are most welcome. 

3 Responses to “Book Review: Heart of the Matter”

  1. Pam

    Just now catching up on your blog. Wow! You’ve been busy reading. Good for you. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of good luck, too. So many of my friends are now trying and LOVING ereaders. I still like mine for vacation, but I haven’t gotten into the habit of reading it all the time. Good luck with your decision of Nook vs. Kindle. It’s nice that you were able to try them both out.

    Sounds like Caitie is having a wonderful time in TX. What a great experience for her and a nice trial run before college. YIKES! Glad to hear that Nick’s camp experience was a good one.

    Take care and see you soon. 😉

  2. Beth

    I didn’t really like this book. I felt it was pretty fluffy and predictable…but I haven’t read much to just read…so maybe it was just me switching over to fun reading…not sure!

  3. Ali

    My brother upgraded to a new kindle last year and gave me his old one (I have the best siblings!). I love it! I don’t have to worry bookmarks falling out in my purse or creased pages (pet peeve) and the prices of downloads are great but I can’t easily go back to a previous page to reread a passage or pass it on to my sis to read. I think the pros outweigh the cons, though.

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