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The Objects of Her Affection

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  630 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you’d expect to be stealing Renaissance masterpieces—and that’s exactly why she’s so good at it. Slipping objects out of her husband’s office at the Philadelphia Museum of Art satisfies something deep inside, during a time in her life when satisfactions are few and far between.

Selling the treasures also happens to keep their h
Paperback, 337 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost got put off reading this by all the negative and lackluster reviews and very glad I didn't. In fact it was Karen Engelmann's (an author of the very good Stockholm Octavo) praise that convinced me to give this one a read. Objects of Her Affection, not to be confused with a romcom, actually shouldn't be dismissed as any sort of chicklit, though at times it walks a dangerously thin line. It isn't a thriller per se and those expecting one, might be disappointed. There are thriller elements, t ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Objects of Her Affection kept the tension so high that I had to stay up late to keep reading! When Sophie, wife of a museum curator and mother of 2, finds herself in financial trouble with a new house and a questionable mortgage she is tempted to steal uncataloged museum pieces to bail herself out. The reader knows that this is only going to get worse from there. Sophie is so intent on creating the perfect home that she never had as a child, that she puts her whole family in jeopardy. I was ...more
Marci Foster
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I really liked the story and quickly felt like the main character Sophie was a dear friend. While reading the book, it was like she was whispering a secret in my ear and I couldn't stop reading. I became connected to her in the way you do only when a character is really relate-able. I worried for her and cheered her on. A great debut novel!
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wish we could get to the story. So far, the author has spent all her words establishing the unbearable yuppy-ness of her protagonists, and firmly establishing class indicators. (A house to renovate, the right kinds of child-rearing.) I suspect this is to make them seem likeable, but this reader, at least, finds them insufferable.

Reading on, I'm sorry to find this is a midlife-crisis of a book. Not just that it's about the character's fictional midlife crisis, but that as a story it's so intent
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
When I spotted The Objects of Her Affection on Netgalley, I thought it sounded really, really interesting. I was a big watcher of White Collar for a while, until it dropped off my radar, and I loved the idea of Sophie being an art-thief and no one even realising, it's the perfect crime! So I couldn't wait to dive in; some reviews said it was quite a high-class novel and I must agree - Sophie may be suffering after buying her new house, which leads to all the art-related thievery, but her and Bri ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One star for an interesting plot: the wife of a museum curator steals objects from storage carts and pawns them to an antiques dealer in order to save her mortgage from going underwater. One star for it being set in Philadelphia, and for the museum in question being the PMA. But that's where my generosity ends. While set in Philly --my hometown and current residence, a city of which I am fiercely protective-- and no doubt referencing the author's own time spent here, the descriptions of the city ...more
RoseMary Achey
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Great premise-The wife of an art curator who has access to parts unseen and storage areas of the prestigious museum begins to pilfer valuable silver to finance the family's lifestyle.

The book had a good rhythm until approximately three quarters of the way through. I cannot describe the exact location without giving too much away...but when you read the novel it is obvious(page 251). I thought this transition was poorly done.

Overall a quick read and might be a good book club discussion book.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-finished
Like the idea but it took too long to get to the good stuff.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Solid enough plot but nothing too exciting. I didn’t like the storyline with her mother was never fully fleshed out.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, 2014
I received a copy of The Objects of Her Affection via NetGalley for review.

The Objects of Her Affection begins with a story about a house: the perfect home for Sophie, a web developer, and her husband, an arts curator with a focus in ceramics, to raise their two children. Sophie imagines the house as being the physical embodiment of the hopes she has for her family and herself: a stable, permanent representation of familial commitment. Something that will keep her grounded in a world where she f
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Sophie is a married mother of two children who left her career at its peak to stay home with her kids. She had a miserable childhood with uncaring parents. She moved from place to place to place and no real home of which to speak and she wants more for her family. She finds an old house in Philadelphia that feels is just perfect and she rushes to buy it over the concerns of her somewhat absent husband. All she sees is the security of owning a house and not the problems that an old house can hide ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Objects of her Affection" by Sonya Cobb, to be released in August of 2014, is the story of how Sophie, a young stay-at-home mother, crosses the line in a desperate effort to hold on to her dreams. Cobb drew me into Sophie’s predicament so thoroughly that I was rooting for her to succeed even though her risky behavior is appalling.

Sophie has taken time off from her career to be home with her two preschoolers. She had suffered through a childhood with emotionally distant, rootless parents and
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: random-novels
Why? Why have those last 50 pages. It could have gotten going earlier and ended sooner.
Review originally posted: Traveling With T

Traveling With T received this book at BEA 2014 for review consideration.

The Objects Of Her Affection

Sophie Porter is on a hunt for a house. Not just any house. But the PERFECT house. The house that will give her and her family the stability she longed for as a child. The house that will be in their lives forever. A house with character.

Sophie finds the house- it’s an old house- it needs work. But it speaks to Sophie. It makes Sophie think of all the thi
The Objects of Her Affection could fall into the coming-of-age category for it is as much about Sophie growing up and coming to terms with some painful issues from her childhood as it is about the realities of motherhood. More than once, Sophie flashes back to her disruptive childhood, and her feelings about it are so obviously influencing her adult behavior that even someone skimming the novel will make the connection. Once Sophie stops trying to make herself not in the image of her mother, she ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I obtained this ARC at BEA14, in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars
Sophie seems to have the picture perfect life with good friends, a great marriage and wonderful children. The only thing missing is the perfect home, which is almost within her reach. With just a little financial stretching, some good luck on the job front and her dream home can be a reality. Overriding her husband’s prudent advice, Sophie reaches for her dream and finds out she has welcomed in a nightmare. Refusing to admi
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Sophia, the central character in Sonya Cobb’s The Objects of Her Affections is almost uncomfortably familiar: a Pittsburgh mother of two small children attempting to run a struggling home business while her husband travels extensively for his work as a museum curator. Regardless of careers or geographical location, most of us have observed the challenges posed by this sort of “normal” life, even if we haven’t lived it ourselves. Add into the mix a slightly over-priced, older house, bought with a ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
In "The Objects of Her Affection," Sophie just wants a comfortable life for her children. We see that she did not have the best upbringing but that she wants to do more for her own children and that includes providing them with things that are well out of her and her husband's means so she is driven to stealing priceless art pieces from the museum that her husband works at. This book shows how far some may be pushed in order to live the lives that they feel that they deserve, regardless of wheth ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit
I really enjoyed this book. I was expecting great writing and strong character development from this author and she totally delivered. But I was really pleasantly surprised by all the fun plot twists and turns, which turned it into a real page-turner for me.

I felt like I could totally relate to Sophie, on many levels. We bought our first house right at that same time, with an ARM, so the overwhelming nature of that was all very familiar to me. And then the feeling of those first few years of mom
Monica H at The Readathon
My rating: 3.5 stars. I liked this book. I liked Sophie and thought Ms. Cobb did a good job of capturing motherhood with two young children. I thought Sophie was a cute character and related well to her, except her little "problem," which frustrated me. I just wanted to scream, "No! Don't do it!" Unfortunately she didn't listen to me. I liked her husband Brian, and most of the time I liked her friend Carly. I never quite figured Harry out; I definitely didn't trust him as much as Sophie did. I l ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another book to add to my "free-down-load-okay-to-put-me-to-sleep" list. A silly romp revolving around the ditsy wife of a museum employee, giving her access to treasures small and easy to steal. Overwhelmed with a mortgage on an aging Victorian they can't afford, the wife begins a relationship with an art dealer with no scruples.
This book reads like an 80s Lifetime movie, and for some odd reason, the author has an obsession with the word "belly" (I kept waiting for someone to end up pregnant).
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Michelle M. Young
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this enjoyable debut novel, a young wife and mother resorts to criminal extremes to save her beloved home from foreclosure. Unlike many novels I have read recently, the author skillfully manages to capture a woman's authentic voice, creating a believable situation along with some very entertaining dialogue. While at points slow, the book captures a very real woman coming to grips with her past, her often isolated and unglamorous present, and the very real fear that her family's happiness can ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from Valerie @ Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

When I first started reading this book it was about the frustrations of taking care of a three year old and a seven month old. And, I was not impressed! However, I gave it a little time to develop and it did. Which works for me. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if that rating was possible.

It was an enjoyable and entertaining debut and I think the author has great potential. I look forward to her next book!
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t expect a page-turner, but I became so wrapped up in this tension-filled roller coaster ride that I actually had an anxiety dream because of it. But then, right at the climax, everything comes to a screeching halt and flashes forward, and it’s like wait!no!go back! What HAPPENED? You eventually do get all the answers, but after such a captivating start the switcheroo ending is a bit of a let-down.

Read this as a Netgalley advance copy.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Sophia didn't start out her life as an art thief but that's what she has been doing. The mother of two goes into museums and walks out with objects of art and sells them to help pay their mortgage and maintain their lifestyle. Her husband Brian is shocked and hurt when she is arrested by the FBI and granted immunity when she turns states evidence. They work their way back together and their story is believable and totally possible.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a perfect read. The art thief part of the story kept me turning the pages long into the night. The insights into motherhood, control, a slumping career, and being a wife is what kept me thinking about this book throughout the day.
Krista Joy
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked it, but thought the biggest weakness was the relationships. I had a hard time believing in Sophie and her choices. It felt stark somehow.

It really did take awhile for the momentum to get going. Had to force myself to keep reading.
Davida Chazan
When Sophie's mortgage on her dream home gets out of hand, the less than conventional solution she comes up with ends up making even more problems. Read my review of this clever and thought provoking novel here.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A thrilling story of motherhood and art theft that felt both solid and realistic in a way that many books about moms are not. I hope this book does really well!
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Sonya Terjanian is a novelist and advertising copywriter. During her 27 years in the advertising field, Sonya has created print, television, and online campaigns for brands such as Disney, Bank of America, Helzberg Diamonds, Anthropologie, and Comcast NBCUniversal. Her first novel, The Objects of Her Affection, was selected as a Top Ten Crime Fiction Debut by Booklist. Her second novel, The Runawa ...more