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Love and Other Natural Disasters

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  402 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Eve is eight months pregnant and in the middle of a Thanksgiving celebration when she discovers that her husband Jonathan has developed an intimate relationship with a woman over the past year. Jonathon asserts his innocence (an affair involves physical intimacy, and he didn't have any), while Eve feels deeply betrayed by the emotional connection he shared with someone els ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by 5 Spot (first published December 20th 2008)
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melanie (lit*chick)
Jan 21, 2009 melanie (lit*chick) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bookclubs
Recommended to melanie (lit*chick) by: Elly at HBG
A few weeks ago one of the headlines on my homepage was regarding Brangelina. I'm not a gossip hound, but was intrigued his statement regarding the whole mess:

“Even then it doesn’t mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. There wasn’t. I’m very proud of the way that it was handled. It was respectful.”

I was immediately disgusted. Hello... if you fall in love with someone while you are married to someone else, regardless of physical contact, you are having an AFFAIR. And frankly, there
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Goobledybook
Nov 21, 2013 Goobledybook rated it it was ok
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Adensanti
Feb 22, 2015 Adensanti rated it liked it
this book make me questioning myself, what would i do if i were in eve's shoes. what eve's going through is diferent from the used to or supposed to b an affair. her husband, jon is having an emotional affair w/OW and not once having a sexual intimate relationship w/this OW. they both just simply... care and loving for each other in the deepest of their relationship. i too, will go mad ofc if i knw my husband was having this kind of affair, but im really cant put this kind of affair in the same ...more
Amelinda
Mar 16, 2015 Amelinda rated it liked it
Eve and Jon have been together for ten years. They are married, have a five-year-old son, Jacob, and she is eight months pregnant with their second child. At Thanksgiving dinner, Jon leaves the room to take a phone call. Noticing his long absence, Eve follows him into the study, where she finds out that he has been having an emotional affair with a woman for almost a year.

Jon (and many friends and family) find it hard to empathize with Eve's anger, saying that he never did anything physical with
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Heather
Jan 31, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Rating: B+

Review: For reasons beyond the scope of this review, let me just say that this book made me not want to be a writer. Holly Shumas does a pretty bang-up job of writing a book with a seemingly basic hook and keeping you interested. Writing a simple book and making it good is very hard to do. She's set the bar pretty high in this regard. (Perhaps higher than I would ever be able to grasp.)

This book also made me incredibly fearful to ever get married. Shumas is a marriage therapist and I t
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Staci
Mar 06, 2009 Staci rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Mellymel's Book Club-www.litchick.typepad.com
Shelves: 2009-reads
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I chose to read this book because my friend Mel at Lit*Chick featured this for this month's online bookclub. At first I was a little put off by the back cover description but Mel liked the book and I was willing to see where it would take me. Without getting too personal, I'm all too aware of what infidelity can do to a marriage and so as I was reading this book, I kept asking myself THE QUESTION...which is worse....a sexual affair or an emotional affair?
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Jennifer
Feb 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
It was just okay for me. I thought Eve was whiny and Jon a little pathetic. I think it had the potential to be really good, as it is certainly an interesting topic. By the time you get to the end and hear about all the history of the relationship, I found myself Feeling almost cheated because a lot of the character traits and events in their marriage that led to the affair are not really clear Until Eve basically tells us "Jon was like this, and I was like this". Overall mildly entertaining, but ...more
Liz
Jun 17, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Eve’s marriage is on the skids after she discovers that her husband, Jon, is having an affair with another woman. But while Jon freely admits to the illicit relationship, he protests that the affair is merely an “emotional” one, which means that no sexual misconduct has taken place. While her friends and family think this, and her husband’s profuse apologies, are grounds for forgiveness, Eve herself isn’t so sure. Should harboring romantic feelings for a person besides your spouse still be consi ...more
Victoria
Jun 02, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book. It touched on the concept of an emotional affair, and as a reader you really felt the hurt that Eve was going through. At the same time though, I don't know that I completely felt the emotions I was suppose to from her, because I kept finding myself thinking she was being whinny about the whole thing. I mean, the idea of that happening makes my heart break and I don't think anyone should have to go through it, but Eve was not written in a way that made me feel the em ...more
Emily
Jan 19, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
This book does not live up to its great title. I was expecting an earthquake at least. But there are no other natural disasters in this book.

There is a lot of sulking and discussing of feelings, and a lot of times when you want to yell at the characters "Just talk to each other!" Maybe that is how therapists feel all of the time.

It was a good premise for a story but did not follow through with the writing or super-interesting characters.
Morninglight Mama
Jan 26, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is an easy read, in the sense that it sounds like a conversation, or perhaps a series of posts by an earnest and introspective blogger. The realness of the characters made me feel invested quickly-- I cared what happened to this marriage between Jon and Eve, when Jon's 'emotional affair' is revealed. Yup, that's right-- nothing physical, just a whole lot of phone calls and emails and two in-person meet-ups. But, lest a reader think that particular scenario played out for a year doesn't ...more
Steph
Feb 24, 2016 Steph rated it it was ok
I honestly wasn't sure whether to rate this book a 1 or a 2. Although I read it in its entirety, I just didn't think much of it. The basic premise was interesting; just how damaging is an emotional affair. Now, having said that, there wasn't much else that appealed to me. Eve was a tough character; so sure she was right...until she wasn't. Jon was just kind of flat for me. A few months of therapy and he was a changed guy. The lesser characters were, I suppose, in the book to present alternating ...more
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
Read and reviewed in 2008 -

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas is the story of a woman, Eve, who is 8 months pregnant with her second child, who discovers that her husband is having an emotional affair. Eve must decide whether to forgive him or to get a divorce. The story follows the couple as they face these problems, holidays apart, family struggles and the birth of their daughter. I found the story and relationships very believable. It was a fairly easy read and had some humorou
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Analilia
Dec 22, 2014 Analilia rated it did not like it
What a selfish annoying woman.
Allison
May 27, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
Eve is eight months pregnant when she discovers that her husband has been having an affair. She kicks him out but has trouble finding support amongst friends and family because Jon was having an emotional affair, not a physical one. A lot of people don't think it counts as an affair since he didn't sleep with the other woman, but Eve feels betrayed all the same. This is an interesting spin on an affair story because Shumas is a marriage therapist, so it's not a fluffy read - there's a lot of int ...more
Elevate Difference
Jul 25, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it liked it
This is your life, now what?

This is the question Eve has to answer when she finds out during Thanksgiving dinner that her husband, Jon, has been having a long distance emotional affair with another woman for the past year. Eve is devastated and demands that Jon move out that night. Jon complies and leaves their house. Eve’s feeling of betrayal and mistrust lead her to start hacking Jon’s email in order to find out more about the other woman, Laney. Eve reads all Jon’s correspondence with Laney,
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Christie
Sep 15, 2011 Christie rated it liked it
When Eve, a young mother pregnant with her second child, overhears her husband having what sounds like a very intimate conversation on the phone in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, her whole neatly ordered world is turned upside down. She overhears her husband say: “Shh, you’re going to be okay” and that’s all it takes to know that something is going on.

Holly Shumas’ novel Love and Other Natural Disasters explores the effects of an affair – not a physical affair, but an emotional one – on a ma
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Kelly
Jan 18, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Which is worse? A sexual affair or an emotional affair? What would you do if you found out your husband was involved in a long distance emotional relationship with another woman? This book explores quite well what happens when a marriage that seems to have everything right is shaken by an emotional affair.

While the story handles a rough topic, it is not handled in a sloppy way. The way Eve deals with her discovery rings true. I think that Shumas' experience as a therapist really gives truth to
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Carey
Feb 10, 2009 Carey rated it really liked it
In the middle of a family Thanksgiving, Eve Gimbel overhears her husband, Jon, on the telephone. She can tell by the tenderness in his voice that he is talking to another woman. She is devastated. Ten years together and she never had a clue that Jon might be losing interest. Their life has seemed exactly the same as it always was. They have a young son and Eve is only a month from giving birth to their second child.

Jon immediately denies any physical infidelity, but he has been building a relat
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Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Jan 15, 2009 Kathy (Bermudaonion) rated it really liked it
Jonathan and Eve are the happily married parents of Jacob and have another child on the way. At least that’s what Eve thinks until she overhears Jon on the phone with Laney on Thanksgiving Day. Laney works in the Chicago office of Jon’s company. Their conversation seems to be very intimate, but Jon insists that they’re just friends. Eve kicks Jon out of the house even though he claims that he’s never had sex with Laney.

Eve is distraught and reads Jon’s email. She discovers that Laney has come to
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Nina
Jun 30, 2011 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
To be honest, when I saw a summary of the book on Tumblr, I was really curious. The question that it had-- "'Is his emotional affair more forgivable than a sexual one?"-- really intrigued me. So naturally, I looked the book up. When I started reading, I was expecting a sloppy put-together book that would disappoint me, but I was happily surprised to find out that this wasn't the case.

Love and Other Natural Disasters reminds me a lot of Sophie Kinsella's books, which says a lot. I don't know what
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Heather
Jul 06, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone in a wonderful relationship, if you aren't it will make you question everything
Recommended to Heather by: Staci
Shelves: read-in-09
Love and other Natural Disasters would make a great book for a book club. The subject matter is definitely one that can get you talking, not a pleasant one but non-the-less will get you talking.

Eve discovers during her family's Thanksgiving dinner that her husband is having an emotional affair with another woman, Laney. They never had sex, although Laney would have liked to. Jonathan the husband feels that sex would be too much of a betrayal.

This book definitely makes you wonder how you would h
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 Kath
Oct 15, 2015 Kath rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Eve and Jon are having their second child when Eve finds out he's been having an emotional affair via email and phone calls for a year. She tells him to leave and tho he still loves her she can't seem to forgive him.For months he goes to counselling and they try to work things out but Eve ends up getting angry all over again. Finally they decide to try and work it out and get back together since they realize they really do love each other and need to look forward not back.
Shaha
Mar 18, 2013 Shaha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
SYN: Eve is a pregnant woman and mother of one who finds out that her husband Jonathan is having an emotional affair with a woman named Laney. How she deals with it and how all of her relationships are affected by this and the consequences of it are told in Eve's perspective.

The book was written in a rather one sided way, but it made me relate to Eve, the one whose husband was having an emotional affair. It was a very eye-opening book that made me think a lot about life and mostly about relation
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Chanpreet
Oct 04, 2011 Chanpreet rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Holly Shumas and it was great! The blurb on the back of the book lured me in and once I got started, I could not put the book down!

Eve discovers her husband Jon has been cheating on her for over a year, during Thanksgiving dinner with their family and friends. They have a 5 year old son Jacob together, and Eve is 8-months pregnant with their second child. Eve is blown away by this revelation and doesn't know how it happened or how she could have missed the signs. The re
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Denise
Aug 10, 2012 Denise rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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Melissa
Nov 11, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
I have to say, this book really surprised me. I was expecting chick lit, but what I got was soo much more. The opening chapter of this book finds the main character hosting Thanksgiving with her family. We quickly find out that she is happily married with a child on the way. Then the Author throws us a curve ball- her husband seems to be having an affair with a coworker!

OK, so this still has some chick lit qualities to it, I can clearly see that. But it goes so much deeper. Shumas makes us ponde
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Marisa
Aug 28, 2015 Marisa rated it it was amazing
I loved the theme Holly Shumas explored in this book, I found that the emotional affaire was more devastating and more of a betrayal to the sanctuary of a marriage. I really had an overwhelming appreciation of this storyline and how true this is and the more you hear about cyber affaires happening. Don't get me wrong I am a true believer that there are always two sides to every story, even when both parties feel they didn't carry any of the burden in the problems they have. I was very much routi ...more
Susana
Apr 12, 2014 Susana rated it liked it
*Spoilers* NO!! I can't stand Eve! So its ok for her to have sex with another guy but not good when her husband has an emotional affair? Cmon! She went too far. At least he stopped Laney when she made a pass at him.
Simone Praylow
May 01, 2015 Simone Praylow rated it it was ok
There wasn't enough plot development for me and this book also had stop many spelling errors that I thought I was going to lose my mind.
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I'm the author of "Five Things I Can't Live Without" (July, 2007) and the upcoming "Love and Other Natural Disasters" (January, 2009.) I split my time between writing novels and practicing therapy in the San Francisco bay area. "Love and Other Natural Disasters" is the story of a woman who's eight months pregnant when she discovers her husband has been having an emotional affair. It seems to spark ...more
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