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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 ratings  ·  307 reviews
She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisio ...more
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Published August 9th 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Bethany Chase I think there are differences from the more typical situation, but I believe it is safe to say there would still be at least one broken heart and a…moreI think there are differences from the more typical situation, but I believe it is safe to say there would still be at least one broken heart and a lot of emotional turmoil. No one who's in love with their spouse would peacefully accept the spouse falling in love with another person, regardless of that person's gender.(less)
Beachreader I think the author addressed these issues very well in the story. Caroline herself considered all of these (except the counseling for herself) and…moreI think the author addressed these issues very well in the story. Caroline herself considered all of these (except the counseling for herself) and concluded she should break it off. It was months later when she decided to give the relationship another chance and I thought her analysis of that decision seemed very well thought out.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
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Date Read: 08/13/16
Pub Date: 08/09/16


Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-do
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
A big meh for Results May Vary. I can do fluffy every now and then, and I thought I was in the mood for fluffy, but there was just not enough holding this one together for me. I read Bethany Chase's first book last year, The One That Got Away, and quite liked it. But this one missed the mark for me. It's especially disappointing, because the premise was promising. Caroline finds out at the very beginning that her husband of 15 years has been having an affair with a man. An interesting book would ...more
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
* I have an excerpt from Chapter 1 to share with you HERE. You'll want to know what happens next after you read it!

Book Review:
As I'm writing this review, I'm sitting here deep in my feelings. So I apologize in advance for my lack of eloquence (not that I normally have that anyway). This book is one of my favorite reads this year and it was truly a joy to read. I stayed up way past midnight TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW. If you know me, you know that I am a 31-year old grandma who likes her sleep. I coul
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars

I knew going into this book that it was going to be hard to read, but I definitely love challenging myself with atypical reads. I tend to find those challenges when I pick up books that fall into the “women’s fiction’ category. Last year I read The One That Got Away by Chase and immediately fell in love with her writing style. She has a way of telling a story that will just hook you, keep you riveted and this is no exception.

Caroline Hammond never saw it coming… the unthinkable happens
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Bethany Chase returns following her debut, One That Got Away (2015) with a strong follow-up, RESULTS MAY VARY - a novel of emotions: love, loss, pain, betrayal, trust, and forgiveness.

Caroline is married to Adam, her high school sweetheart. A museum curator, a happy life, and a beautiful home in the Berkshires.

He was only twenty-five years old, gay Patrick Timothy Rubinowitz, the toast of the New
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
4.5 stars. What an incredible story - I couldn't stop reading once I'd started it! I always find it fascinating when authors tackle impossibly difficult, nuanced situations, and Chase certainly does that in her novel. I could never really see how things were going to turn out for Caroline in this time of difficulty and confusion, of heartbreak and loneliness. But Chase's choices in her portrayal of Caro's circumstances feel utterly realistic, and also incredibly easy to empathize with.
Laura Rash
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this book! Written a different way it could've come across as another woman done wrong but survived book. But this one was written with such wit, determination & honesty it was a breath of fresh air. Loved it!
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Confession: I was pretty much sucked in by this amazingly beautiful cover. I mean how can you not be??? Thankfully not only did the blurb sound good but the book itself was wonderful and interesting.

First thing I loved was the very beginning and having the whole affair become uncovered. While I figured out how it would play out I still thought it was done so well and made an emotional impact. I definitely took a minute to try and think of how I would react in her place and I am not sure
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bethany Chase is now two for two when it comes to well-written and captivating novels. I will admit that the topics of both her novels (reuniting with a past love, spouse having an affair) are usually over done in chick lit and women's fiction, but she found a way to make them feel fresh and interesting.

There were a lot of intense moments in Results May Vary and I found myself gasping in shock at times. Other times, I would be laughing out loud. Bethany's characters felt so real and accessible
I really like the title and the bookcover of this one, a bit more than I liked the story, unfortunately. For chick lit, it was light but had more intelligence and more fun than most of that genre. After the married couple breaks up due to the husband having an affair with a man, it takes a while before the wife can move on; but move on she does -- for a time, then it's back and forth with her feelings, which I'm sure is pretty realistic. I didn't feel I knew enough about the husband until the ve ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Don’t you just love the feeling when you open a book and read the first few lines and you just know that it’s going to take you on a life-changing journey? Don’t you just love that overwhelming love that you get when you read a good book, and simply cannot stop even though you have chores and you just end up reading the whole thing in a day? Those are the very feelings I experienced as I cracked open Results May Vary and was completely swept away by the story.

This is a story that simple in its e
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Bethany Chase rattled me with this novel. This story is about trust lost. It’s about a betrayal so deep that you don’t know how you’ll go on from the hurt you endure. I have a weak spot for stories like these because nothing breaks my heart more than the realization that someone you trust with everything turns out to be the one who hurts you the most. That’s what Caroline Hammond experiences and throughout the progression of this novel I felt everything she
Cindy Burnett
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
4.5 stars

Results May Vary was such a fun and thought provoking read! Bethany Chase realistically portrays the pain associated with a break up and betrayal and the subsequent process of trying to recover and move on. As the story opens, Caroline learns that her husband Adam has cheated on her, and to top it all off he cheated with another man. Marrying young, they have been together for as long as she can remember, and she felt she knew Adam better than anyone else. Accordingly, she finds herself
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
It's always a betrayal to find out that your husband is having an affair. Having an affair with another man? Then it gets a little more complicated. For Caroline, the waters are further muddied because the betrayal comes from a man she's been with since high school. She doesn't know herself outside of her relationship with Adam. Worse yet, she discovers she doesn't know him, either. Now she's faced with her biggest ever dilemma: save the marriage or cut Adam loose?

I struggled to write this revie
Lauren R.
Possibly/probably my favorite book of the year so far. I absolutely loved Chase's debut last year and was so eager to read her next. This book absolutely blew me away. I was completely captivated from the first page and never wanted to stop. I can already see so much improvement between this book and the last, even though I loved them both so much. I just can't even fully portray how much I am obsessed with what I just read. This is reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books, which is honestly o ...more
Carolyn F.
I started this book and was instantly hooked. It was so heartbreaking at first. And then it kind of meandered and this woman who should be furious was just going from person to person and finding out how her life may have come to this point. It just didn't seem real to me. I feel the author was trying to be PC and pro-gay instead of really looking at the years of betrayal for what they were. Yes, you love who you love, but you don't spend years hurting the person you say means the world to you. ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I've learned recently that I truly enjoy Women's Fiction. I love the truth of it. I love stories that make me reflect on what I would do if I were in the same situation. It's so much better than contrived melodrama. Women's Fiction often has a very different pace to it that I really dig.

There is a natural ease to Chase's writing that I loved and moments of brilliance- packing such clarity into a single paragraph. I had to highlight a few sections to send to my friends t
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-top-fave
Two people who met while they were young and in high school, who got married and had this seemingly perfect life only to be broken by an affair. And not just any affair which is already heartbreaking in itself, but an affair with a man!

This is my first Bethany Chase book and won't be my last (Thanks to Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss for another great recommendation).

What I loved about this story besides the premise, the emotional feelings that the author evoked in me and this woman's journ
A work of women's fiction that has an interesting premise.

What do you do when you make such an world shattering discovery as she did?

The choices the author made in building the lives of this couple and those around them were very interesting. However, to say more would give away too much of the story.

On one hand, I couldn't relate to the idea that at 33, she was "over the hill". That her marriage of 10 years had really been that eternal as she feels. On the other hand, their relationship did b
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Strange book. Not exactly what I would do in this situation myself. Your married to a man and you find out he's cheating on you. Not with another woman, but a man. And throughout this book the predicament becomes even stranger. (Trying not to give out any spoils here!)

Reading this and watching Caroline cope with this enlightment was very interesting. Made some of my problems look not so bad. I really felt for this character and really got into the book. I could say more about what happened, but
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Bethany Chase tackles common themes from a unique angle (and in a unique setting). A fast, funny, heartfelt read. You'll cheer for the characters...even the ones who are less than honest.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Caroline and Adam were inseparable as a child, entwined to be together forever. Adam was her soul mate in every way known to man, they were attracted to each other as kids and grew up together to be married. Although her parents were apprehensive about them moving on too fast, Caroline was convinced that he was the only man that she wanted to be with. Years later they are happy together, but when she finds out that Adam is having an affair, everything she thought she knew about him is questioned ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

“Leaving would mean losing the entire narrative of my future as I thought I’d known it.”

Here’s the thing, Bethany Chase writes with beautiful, soul-touching words, even when their truth is hard to swallow. There isn’t any other way to spin it, the premise of the entire book is sad. I know I’m likely supposed to end with hope, but I’m not quite there yet. Yet worthwhile and well done.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
After loving Bethany Chase's first novel, I was so excited when I heard about this book!

Here is a synopsis of the book to help set the stage for my review:

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I don't read women's fiction nearly as often as I'd like to. Going into this story, I knew it was going to be a tougher read. Right from the start I adored Chase's writing style and knew this was going to be an emotional, strong and compelling story.

Caroline is thrown for a loop when she finds out her husband has had an affair... and to make the situation even harder for her to understand, the affair was with another man. Caroline has been married to her husband, Adam, for 10 years. They were hi
Ginger at
When you begin a book & finish it in 24 hours, you know it's going to be rated 5-stars. I have such a fondness for Bethany Chase's storytelling, especially since her debut The One That Got Away was deemed my favorite read of 2015. But this one, this story right here, only solidified that love even stronger. This novel is every bit emotional and heartbreaking. It will put you through the wringer, only to pull you back in and stuff what pieces are left into the shredder. It is so painful, yet ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Theresa Alan
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first few pages will grab you right away—Caroline’s marriage of ten years is about to be destroyed, or at least seriously threatened, but she doesn’t know it yet. She’s looking forward to a night in the city at an art gallery featuring an up-and-coming photographer.

One thing I enjoyed about this book was the art angle—Caroline is a museum curator and her husband, Adam, is aspiring to be a great novelist as his rigid father expects. There are definitely things in this book that I didn’t see c

3.5/5 stars

I really loved the author's first book. The One That Got Away. So I knew that I wanted to read this book. Plus I was sort of captivated by the unique cover.

I guess I would describe this book as Chick Lit or adult contemporary fiction.

The narrator is 33 year old Caroline. She lives in Williamstown, MA. She works as a curator at a museum. She is married to Adam who is a playwright and writer.

The book starts with Caroline discovering something upsetting about Adam. She has been dating Ad
Cian O hAnnrachainn
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-up
The title of this review will be: The Narcissist As Narrator.

I could not finish this book. The protagonist was so thoroughly engrossed in herself that I could not muster the slightest bit of sympathy for her situation.

Her husband proves to be gay, and has existed In a world of obfuscation to hide his sexuality. Clearly such a man earns sympathy and perhaps encouragement to seek counseling, but not here. Caroline is so wrapped up in herself that she never has a moment to spare in concern for othe
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“A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.” — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only
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