The Pretend Wife
What would life be like with the one who got away? From the acclaimed author of My Husband’s Sweethearts comes this bighearted, funny, fiercely perceptive tale about a happily married woman and the little white lie that changed everything.
For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets—from her father, who lost himself in work after her mother’s death,
Bridget Asher’s The Pretend Wife falls into the last category. When I first started reading it, I simply couldn’t connect. Perhaps it was because I had the television on in the background. P ...more
During the party Gwen chokes on some food and Ellio ...more
Basically, she's never really happy. But she's happy settling. Because she just doesn't really do anything about it except change jobs often.
Until one day a guy she dated for 2 weeks (2 weeks!!) in college shows up behind her at an ice cream parlor. And her husband invites this guy to a party. And then this guy tells everyone at the party how he is pretending to be married to make his dying mother happy. So of course ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and the style of writing. I loved the metaphors she used, such as, standing in a field holding a rake over your head to ward off the eagles that might carry you off, to represent facing your fears. This book was such a good description of living an examined, thoughtful life.
All in all, I w ...more
Many have already commented o ...more
¶ Suddenly, Gwen is wondering what her life would have been like if she hadn't refused to answer Elliot Hull's calls after a fight over something she can't even remember.
¶ She finds out when her husband, Peter, volunteers her t ...more
First, I liked the pacing of the book and that she mixed in the bits of the p ...more
Basically, if you've ever read chick lit or if you've ever seen a rom-com, you'll smell this silly plot coming a mile away. I could have told you exactly what would happen and when within the first twenty pages of the book. Nay, I might have even been able to tell you what happened h ...more
A marriage is a conversation that's supposed to last a lifetime, We didn't have enough to say to each other. A lifetime's worth of material is a lot of material. What's wrong with just being quiet together.
What is marriage? How does it operate in private, in public? What's its role for the individuals involved and in society at large? And, of course, what I really want to know was what marriage had to do with me, personally, what did it want from me, what did I owe it, and what did it ...more
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. It was well written. I also found the author had a lot of very insightful observations of relationships/love/perceptions of others. My favorite being: Marriage is a conversation that lasts a lifetime. (I read an article written by Bridget Asher in Real Simple that said this very quote and liked it so much I checked out this book.)
What I didn't like: Why do characte ...more
Maybe some of her other books are better.
It is about a woman with some unresolved issues in a marriage that is unsatisfying; only she doesn't realize it is unsatisfying until she mets an old college boyfriend who needs her to be a "pretend" wife for his dying mother's peace of mind. Going through this experience shows her what is missing in her life and also helps her get most of her ...more
Gwen Merchant has been thrust into this exact situation. She runs into Elliot Hull at an ice cream shop and learns that he has lied to his dying mother. But that’s not all! You see, Gwen is married. And running into Elliot is a painful reminder of the life (and love) she could have had.
So, Gwen does act as Elliot’s pretend wife. She spends an extended weekend a ...more
Bridget Asher is a high-powered neurotic with an anxious heart that sometimes kicks up unexpectedly like a lawnmower motor in her chest. And because she's looked at the bios and author photos of a large number of other authors, she believes that she needs to attach a warning label or an advisory report or an apologia of some sort because...
1. She does not have a ...more