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As If Love Were Enough: A Novel

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From the author of Marriage: A Duet, comes a gripping novel that explores the intricate relationships of a family as its members grapple with love, loyalty, and their meaning to one another With tenderness and wit, Anne Taylor Fleming returns to the complicated terrain of family life--love given, wounds inflicted--in her novel, As If Love Were Enough. When Clare Layton's a ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Hachette Books
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Anne Marie
Despite some negative reviews, I liked this book! Yes it had a few bad words and scenarios, but don't most books these days?! Hey, life does too. And this book was about life in general, the good, bad, and things in between. The major things this book focused on was the main character, Clare, being a mistress to a man about twenty years older than her, but she loves him. Then the story of her sister and her nephew needing a liver transplant. Without giving a whole lot away, I'll just end with my ...more
This book is not for the general audience, and the book cover description is misleading. I wanted to like this book because from page 1 I enjoyed her voice and intellectual style, but the author's content was too explicit for me to wade through. I stopped at about page 96. She was described as having an intellectual voice, which I do agree with, but my conscience wouldn't allow me to keep reading the offensive language and immorally graphic detail. There were many characters to the story, so whi ...more
I went from a one to a three after I got over the first 100 pages. In the beginning there were just too many story lines that were undeveloped and the sister just seemed like a nut job. The story got better once the main character unfolded the past. I still felt as if the author was trying to tackle too many story lines/issues- terminal illness, sister relationships, infidelity, abortion...
I did relate to the main character on some level and felt as if the blame were put on her lap when I found
This book took a while to get going and once it did it was really good. But it seemed as if by the end she wanted, and should have, to write a whole lot more but felt as if it was long enough. The ending was very abrupt and it felt more of the end of a chapter then the official ending. I think she should have written less at the beginning and elaborated more at the end instead of in a few paragraphs of what is happening now. But for the book the ending was appropriate as it gave as much insight ...more
The title is captivating ( I chose it for the title and not the book description. ) and once you start reading you'll see that the characters are too. It's been a little while since I read this book, but even as I type now, I can picture the scenes vividly. The apartment, the main character's walking through the city, the restaurant. I loved the true honest emotions Fleming demonstrated with the sisters. Bottom line--it's a good read!
It was really sad; people who just can't connect, communicate, or be decent to each other. The first part is hard to wade through. The second part was much better. The end was meant to be happy...I think.
Jan 11, 2008 Kendra marked it as jumped-ship  ·  review of another edition
I only made it through one chapter. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll come back to it some day, but right now, there are other books I'd rather be reading.
It was a decent book. I really enjoyed the flashback into her youth. All in all I will say that I've thought about the book since I've finished it.
Debbie Stanley
It was a good story but I felt the writing style was a little difficult to read at times.
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