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A White Picket Fence

(A White Picket Fence #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Lina and Phil Hunter have shared a strong bond since they were teenagers and he saved her life, so when Lina's mother cautions her to be on guard against a new love interest she sees in her astrological chart, Lina laughs her off. Her marriage may have been under extra stress lately, dealing with a rebellious teenager, but Lina's never even looked at another man, well besi ...more
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published August 6th 2017
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Laura Branchflower I finished this book about ten months ago and the characters remain alive in my head, so I wouldn't be surprised if I write a sequel. I have two…moreI finished this book about ten months ago and the characters remain alive in my head, so I wouldn't be surprised if I write a sequel. I have two others to finish first.(less)

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Rachel K
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Dee Montoya
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Love is not perfect Stars******

Love is not perfect but this book certainly is. Delightful yet painful, beautiful and relatable. This story will take you on a journey like no other. When perfect love brakes, when you want to forgive but you can’t forget. And when happiness is shattered beyond words. Simply AMAZING!!!!!!
Samantha March
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat, I’ll just say this might be the best book of 2017 that I’ve read thus far. I felt so many emotions reading A White Picket Fence. I had discussions with my husband and friends about the characters and their decisions. I actually dreamt about this storyline, and I don’t often find my reading list in my dreams. I cried, I was horrified, I was frustrated, I was shocked . . . my emotions were all over the board in here. I honestly don’t feel like either Lina or Phil, or even all of ...more
Kristine K Kokx
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please write a sequel!

I love to read a book where the H makes mistakes but he's still redeemable-however, I would like to see the H prove his devotion (maybe sell the vacation home because of what occurred there) The hero should realize how his actions have changed his wife's future (travel, etc.) I'm thinking that the ow isn't done causing trouble either!
Nikki ღ Navareus
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Angst whores like me.
Recommended to Nikki ღ Navareus by: Cc

Whew! This book gave me so many feels. All of Lina's doubts and worries about her husband's secret calls and text felt so dreadfully real, and so did the crushing blow when Phil finally came clean to her about his affair and the repercussion of his stupidity.
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reeder (reviews)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I'm trying to spare you the need to read this, really.
Trigger warnings: mention of self harm, cutting, and rape

In brief: An authoritarian husband with anger issues cheats on his too-dependent wife and gets the OW pregnant. The husband is angry that “I’m sorry” and “it was a mistake” aren’t enough for his wife to just get over it. The vengeful OW keeps sending the wife reminders of the affair. The wife seeks comfort and counsel from their daughter’s handsome, divorced therapist. The jealous husband seeks a separation because there is no such thing a
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

“Have you ever considered the possibility that a flawed version of me is better for you than a perfect version of anyone else?”

WOW WOW WOW! Loved this book by a completely new-to-me author. I feel a binge read coming on! Stories about married couples are my catnip and I owe a debt of gratitude to Goodreads reader Katie L. for bringing this book to my attention.

Phil and Lina have a seemingly perfect marriage. According to Lina's mother, they are actually soulmates, destined to be toget
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
“Maybe that’s why we have such a high divorce rate—all these ridiculous expectations we hold people to.”

“I don’t think expecting my husband not to impregnate another woman is a ridiculous expectation,” Lina fumed. “I can’t believe I’m even arguing with you about this. Your thinking is completely warped.”

I think, i lost it when this book said that, it is okay to be cheated and expect men as polygamous by nature when they are committed already.

You don't tell your friends or a love one to suck it
Luisa Rivas
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's very difficult to review a book like this! It's wonderfully complicated, with greatly flawed characters and a magnificent plot.  Or I should say plots, because even though there's a main plot that tugs at your heart, other side plots are interwoven and connected.  The main one involves adultery, in a couple that have been married for twenty-five years.  Lina and Phil have such a deep connection, such a deep love, that it's unfathomable that such a thing happened but such are the consequence ...more
This is not a love story.

This is a tragedy.

I'm fed up with all the excuses, this guy is scum.

The immoral, weak, douchebag adulterer is the victor. I would've shot him.
3/7/19 *******spoilers*******

I'm going to give this a qualified 4 bc of absolutely good charecterzation. I indeed felt Lina's pain, but unfortunately I felt Pauls indifference, and that made me MAD, lol. So, I felt all those big emotions (which I love) but I felt no redemption (which I need). When Paul said that he didn't regret his child born to the other woman, I almost choked. Yes, a child is always innocent in these situations, but the cheater isn't. They are complicent in the pain of a pers
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Cindy Wilkerson
Ok. So I’m slightly all over the place with my rating, so for now, we’ll settle on 3 stars.
I wish I knew someone who’s read this book, it’s definitely one I want to discuss!
This is probably all over the place, you’ve been warned.

I started this book intending to read just a few chapters and found myself unable to put it down.
It is about 2 people, Lina and Phil, who are cosmic soulmates. They have been together for 25 years, and have 3 children: Meg, Katie and Logan. Phil has an affair, and this
Katie L.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cheating-husband
Photo Story Inside!

Full photo story:
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, review-requested
This was a well-written book but the topic of a cheating spouse made it hard for me to enjoy.

It starts out with a wife of 25 years suspecting her husband of having an affair. She's sure she's wrong. He wouldn't do that. Not with their strong connection for all those years. But she's not wrong. Not only is he having an affair but the woman is pregnant! The thing that really bothered me was how weak the heroine was. She believed she couldn't live without her husband. It made me want to slap her. C
Sonya Tedder
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not Your Typical Romance...

I'm one of "those" who only read your typical romantic novels. I previously read the other two books by this author, which I might add are fabulous...this book is different--true struggles of a happily married couple. It's a refreshing read. By the way, this is my new favorite author.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This feels so unfinished... lots of loose ends.

The "hero" is one of the worst I have ever convincing redemption at all.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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*~* Susie
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, marriage
Thanks to Katie L for providing a copy for review!

4 stars.

Oh the angst! My heart was in my throat for a good portion of this book. I didn’t like Phil from the beginning, and that opinion really didn’t change. I found him overbearing and closed-minded. Not only that, he didn’t seem too remorseful. How about some groveling, dude?

I sympathized with Lina and felt she handled things the best she could. Phil’s jealously came out as anger toward her and I really wanted Lina to let him have it!!

The s
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read them out of order. I don't think it mattered. I think Phil and Lina are flawed regular people. There was somethings that came out but it was a painful time just the same.
Linda Freeman
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Good and well written! IMO more story about the other woman and more groveling from Phil would have made it a 5 star. I just didn't get that he was all that sorry. The actions of the o.w. needed to be addressed and his "mistake" went on for too long.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don't waste your money

It's easy to tell when a 'author' hates the wife. Making the wife so needy is ridiculous. Save your money, pass this one up.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. Laura Branchflower is a very gifted author. Her characters come to life and you feel like you really know them.
Phil and Lina have been together since they were teenagers, married, have 3 children, and had a great life until their middle daughter started with depression, drugs, etc. Consequently, this caused a riff between Phil and Lina on how to deal with their daughter. This crisis drove Phil to cave in and have an affair with a co-worker, which resulted in the
Angela Wilson
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, not great

Okay, this book could have been GREAT, but it's just hard to buy the connection between this couple being violated by an argument, a woman being there and unprotected sex just happens and continues for 3 or 4 months. The book dealt with a lot of subjects that needed deeper exploration. Their daughter had mental health issues,so did the h and I thought the H was just worn out because of dealing with it for so many years. The h was TOO weak and dependent on her husband. The writer N
mike sheehan
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love at first sight!

What a great family, what believable characters. I came to love the whole family and friends. I didn't want the story to end and you won't either. Take the time, sit back, read and enjoy.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best book I've read all year. It just has that something extra that puts it well above others. This author is incredibly talented, and her characters just came alive for me and I got so invested in their lives and futures that even weeks after reading it, I'm still thinking about them. This author is also incredibly gracious and generous -- astonishingly so. On her website blog she patiently answers every question/concern us readers have because we're so reluctant to let this ...more
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Al Del
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Irredeemable husband, not a hero in my opinion. Not enough grovelling or repentance. Too angry and hypocritical.
Heroine a door mat and so brow beaten. Ridiculous mother and supposed best friend. The only saving graces Logan and Adele.
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