The Novels of Mike Greenberg

February 4, 2015 book review, fiction, William Morrow 5

My Father's Wives

  • Written By:  Mike Greenberg
  • Published By:  William Morrow Books, January 20, 2015
  • Length:  304 pages
  • Source: Publisher send advance copy for consideration of an honest review

Summary: Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father.

Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son’s life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, now dead, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after Jonathan’s mother.

Jonathan hasn’t thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. Dedicated to Claire and his family, he’s nothing like his serial monogamist father. But then Jonathan discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought. Hurt and uncertain what to do, he knows that the only way to move forward is to go back.

On this quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage—Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island—and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.

My Thoughts:  This the second novel by Mike Greenberg, who is perhaps better known as half of the Mike & Mike ESPN radio show.  Rest assured you can easily put that aside, because Greenberg can write!

Jonathan’s search to learn more about his father, and hoping to learn more about himself is a fascinating story.  He’s had no relationship with the man since age 9, but as he wonders if his marriage is rocky and if his life is about to change, he seeks out the five women who married his father after he left him and his mother.  The wives run a complete gamut of beauty, brains, wit and passion.  Percy was an easy man to fall in love with.

The book also includes a rather wild boss who has a perceived open relationship with his wife and many other women.  He offers Jonathan a peek into this world, just what will our straight as an arrow man do?  Can the sexual opportunity and party life appeal to him?

I liked this book, I didn’t love it.  I didn’t understand the side story with the boss, and I don’t think it added that much to the book.  I wanted to know more about father’s wives, what he learned how it helped him.  I loved Jonathan’s relationship with his own mother, and I wonder how his father could have left such an engaging woman.

Now let me share my thoughts on Greenberg’s first book

All You Could Ask For
  • Written By:  Mike Greenberg
  • Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert
  • Published By:  Harper Audio, April 2, 2013
  • Length:  9 hours 37 minutes
  • Source:  Personal copy purchased from Audible

Summary:  Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined. . . .

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.

Samantha’s newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband’s computer. She has been married for two days. She won’t be for much longer.

Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another.

My Thoughts:  I could not believe this book was written by a man, several times I stopped as I listened and thought, wow this guy is really in touch with women.  What is it about a man who can write women characters that endears them to me?  I feel they must be decent loving men, they have listened and learned about women.  Greenberg blew me away with this book.

The characters were detailed and we learn all about them individually.  Two of them have had heartbreak, really harsh and sad breakups.  They are all different and on unique paths and then they are struck with similar news.  What brings them together is not a happy event, but you really need to read the book to learn more.

A not about the audio- Beautifully read by Tavia Gilbert.  She had different pacing and voice for each woman as she told their particular story.  Very well done.

I have to say, I liked this book much better than the second book by Mike Greenberg.  I think it had more heart, better story and was such a satisfying book.

So have you read or listened to these books?  What are your thoughts?

5 Responses to “The Novels of Mike Greenberg”

  1. Sheila (Book Journey)

    I agree, the boss in My Fathers Wives was a bit odd… I also noticed they didn’t work much:) Jonathan talked about going into work, stretching on the floor and reading the paper, playing basketball, and talking ot pictures of his children. I want to get paid to do that! 🙂

  2. litandlife

    Never heard of Mike Greenberg – so I suppose the whole ESPN thing wouldn’t have gotten me started off wondering what this guy thinks he’s doing. Sounds like he actually knows what he’s doing!

  3. Heather

    I haven’t heard of this author (I don’t watch ESPN either) but All You Could Ask For definitely sounds interesting. I’m always impressed by authors who can write the opposite gender so well.

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