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Love and Houses

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From the bestselling author of "Dying Young" comes an irresistible treasure of a novel. After ten years of marriage, Andy and Meg have just bought their dream house and are expecting their first child. But the picture-perfect bliss is shattered when, nine weeks away from the birth, Andy walks away from it all. ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, read-library
This book was... meh. I was intrigued by the blurb on the back, telling how the character had noticed that love and houses seem to correspond: when a couple begins searching for a new home because they feel like they need a change, this is usually a sign of the marriage falling apart. Of course, not if they are looking for a home because they have had a new child and need more space, or a child moved out and they need less, or they got a job transfer or something. But they just want a change of ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing deep, just a fun book about marriage and friendship, written in a humorous way.
May 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ilze by: Fair Lady magazine
There are several images that return to one looking back at books read long ago: Two remain of this one and both are unpleasant.

1. Was when she was giving birth and expecting the gyneacologist to pay more attention to her, doing a "duck walk" in labour down the passage at the hospital.

2. Her milky bra. Now she's busy breast-feeding and when the baby doesn't need anything her bra gets glued to her boobs because of the ughy milk still oozing - look, an image worse than this, I couldn't describe!
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Marti Leimbach is a witty, entertaining writer -- the kind of person you'd like to be sitting next to on your next trans-Atlantic flight. "Love and Houses" has some compelling characters to give a unique spin on this timeworn topic, but there's no "there," there. The book lacked substance, and I could never forget I was reading the product of someone's imagination. Still, worth a read for the quirky characters and great humor. ...more
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
There aren't many books I wished I'd written and this is one of them. It appeals to me on every level imaginable. Leimbach is so skilled with language and humor. Anyone who can have a character in bleached out stretchpants (post delivery) say, "I am Meg Howe, I like Bruce Willis Movies and write a particular kind of literary novel that never sells many copies and I'm quite good at it."

Hell yeah.
Susan Maldrie
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marti Leimback made me laugh out loud!
For that the book gets 5 stars, I can't
put a value on laughter-- it is priceless!
Meg Howe has a baby on the way, a lovely apartment that she is trying to sell, and an old schoolhouse fixer-upper that she and her husband Andy have just purchased to be their new home. What she doesn't have at the moment is a husband. Andy, apparently finding everything to be a bit too much to handle, walked out the door leaving Meg to cope with it all. Considering how many times Andy did not show up on the days chosen for their wedding, Meg is not terribly surprised. Turning to her friends, so ...more
Patrick Meehan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Patrick by: nobody
Katherine Pederson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was OK...good for a summer read.
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Read this b/c Angelina gave it such a good review, and I'm starting to realize that she will never steer me wrong. This is definitely chick lit, but the smart, funny kind. I loved the narrator/main character and her many witty analogies. This is the kind of easy, enjoyable read that you really look forward to settling down with every night before bed. ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
The characters were well developed, but I disliked all of them. Primarily because of that, I would overall only give the book one star, but I gave it a bonus star because it is one of the few books I've read that includes a brutally honest account of some of the less pretty (and therefore least discussed) aspects of pregnancy/labor/delivery. ...more
May 18, 2010 marked it as tried-it-and-gave-up
Couldn't get into it before it was time for it to go back to the library. ...more
Jeanette Adams
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful!
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
nice beginning but lost track in the middle felt I'm going nowhere until the end.Sorry but I struggle and got totally bored ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Grappig boek!
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Fun book; the main character made me laugh out loud but also gave me the urge to shake her. Liked how the author intertwined houses with relationships.
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May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has been on my to-read list for years- literally years. I've finally gotten around to reading it and it was okay, cute and snarky and a nice break from my serious books. The writing is a lot like Jennifer Weiner's, but not as good. It lost me a little bit in the middle and was really scatterbrained, but then it found it's way back. Too bad about Theo, though. ...more
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