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The Pretend Wife by Bridget Asher
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Nov 16, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 16 to 21, 2010

The main character of the book, Gwen Merchant, meets up with an old boyfriend from college, Elliott Hull. Gwen’s husband, Peter, invites Elliott to a party where Gwen chokes on some food and Elliott gives her the Heimlich. Peter is grateful and tells Elliott that they owe him. Elliott brings up the fact that his mother is deathly ill and he told her he got married to make her happy, when, in fact, he didn’t. This sets into motion Gwen pretending to be Elliott’s wife for the sake of his mother. While on pretend wife duty, Gwen grows close to Elliott’s mom, Vivian. Gwen’s mom died in a car accident when she was little and Vivian becomes a mother figure. Gwen also connects with Elliott’s sister and her children. The rest of the book goes on to show Gwen’s struggle with her feelings for her old boyfriend and her relationship with her widowed father, who never really talked to Gwen about her mother’s accident.

An odd concept for sure (pretending to be somebody’s wife when you are already married), this book really pulled me in. Gwen is a likeable character and the part of the book where Gwen deals with her mother’s death after all those years brings depth to what would have otherwise been a sort of tawdry tale.

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