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Crazy in Love

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  80 reviews
In this acclaimed early novel New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice takes readers on an intensely moving journey through the intimate terrain of a rapturous marriage in sudden jeopardy–and follows one woman’s courageous search to find her way when everything, even her heart, seems lost.…

Georgie Symonds didn’t think anything could shake her perfect marriage. She and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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"Georgie Swift Symonds is crazy in love with her Wall Street lawyer husband Nickso ''crazy'' in fact, that she has paranoic fantasies that he is unfaithful, and she hounds him with obsessive suspicions. And, she so cherishes her familyher pugnaciously senile grandmother Pem; her TV-celebrity mother Honora; her sister Clare, brother-in-law Donald and two nephewsthat she spends much of her time dreading any change or loss in their close intimacy. The three generations of women and the men
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Main character clingy, insecure. Didn’t finish. Apparently other Rice books are better; may try this author again another time.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
i fixed my books last night (for a photo shoot.. hahaha) and i realized that i have more than 10 luanne rice books.. ha! i guess i really like her books.. Crazy In Love is my third luanne rice for the month of march.. i’ll be moving on a new book tomorrow (hopefully Shooting Stars for my book club review)..

anyway, i liked this book, but not as much i did for the others.. Georgie Swift is a profiler who owns and manages Swift Observatory.. she interviews ordinary people who have extraordinary ex
Oct 30, 2009 rated it liked it
It is true that the most endearing stories are those that touch on the most ordinary subjects. This one is a perfect example – in it’s “ordinariness”, it elicits more empathy, and the audience is more captivated. Again, as in the other of Luanne Rice’s novels, I was able to easily relate to the Catholic background, the tight-knit families, and I must admit, to the character of Gerogie Swift who consciously gets suspicious of the goings-on between her husband and his female colleague. Though susp ...more
Tracy Smith
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
With a title like "Crazy in Love", I'm not sure what I was expecting. Love can make you crazy is what this author gets across in a very fine fashion, but also that it can and should prevail in the end. This story of Georgie Swift and her wonderful family had its ups and downs all through the book and facing each twist and turn is what keeps you coming back for more. Georgie finds herself dealing with every emotion that you could possibly think of. Jealousy, disconnectedness, brief and subtle out ...more
This is actually the first Luanne Rice book I've ever read.

It was a fast read and a page turner.

And I am a sucker for happy endings.

But given my mood for the recent days, I didn't want a happy ending for this book. I admire Nick's perseverance in the travels, but I hated his job. He always had to stay away and it frustrated me. However, the photographer is another story. I liked his job, and he would make things easy for Georgie. However, that wasn't how the story ended.

I though like how close
Kyle Ripley
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
I generally like Luanne Rice, but this book was too lame for me. The main character was not crazy but obsessive in love. I couldn't really like her very much. She seemed to blame her mother for her insecurity and paranoia about infidelity and didn't take responsibility for her own issues. Luanne Rice fans could pass this one up easily and not miss anything. ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This book was exhausting. I can usually read a Luanne Rice book in 1-3days, this one took me a week. I like that the focus was on family, but maybe this particular family needed to broaden their horizons. Georgie was so frustrating. I think part of that is that I saw a bit of myself in her. When I was newly married at 21 I always wanted to be around my husband, not so much that I was scared he would cheat, but I wanted to know what he was doing at all times and that he was safe. Georgie has been ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rice does it again! In Crazy In Love, set in a quaint town in Connecticut on the Connecticut shoreline called Bennison Point, main character Georgiane "Georgie" Swift is the proud third generation of Bennison women on Bennison Point, Her mother Honora Swift, a former actress and doting mother of Georgie and sister Clare and caretaker of her elderly mother Pem smothers her daughters with her worrisome self and her distrust of men. This seed of resentment spill over into the marriages of her daugh ...more
Zuharto Usman
Jul 11, 2022 rated it liked it
When I read this book, it made me really furious the first chapter of the book is not that really page-turner, the reason why it takes me too long to finish this book, but here I am complete but shattered?? lol. I'm on my half way giving up this book because it made me really furious, but luckily I give it a second chance and didn't expect it will turn out like that :(( I love Nick for being so green-flag and understandable to his wife, though I hate her I also love her for being so compas
LInda L
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Georgie was obsessed with Nick -- to the point of making both of them crazy. This was a family so dependent on each other it was painful. The mother, the grandmother, the two daughters, the two grandsons. All living next door to each other!!!! Or actually together. And the grandmother had dementia. And it goes on from there. Neither of the daughters has a job outside the home. This was not your run of the mill family. Odd-ish. Not my favorite.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I usually find Luanne Rice's books compelling. This one just fell flat for me. Not sure what the plot was supposed to be. One woman's insecurities about life and love? Too much inner introspection and followed by stupid decisions
I admit I finally just skipped pages to get through it. I don't think I missed anything either.
Dorothy Clark
Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This is not Rice's best effort. The first chapter was especially bad--she names numerous people with no explanation of who they are or how they fit together. She does fix that in later chapters, but rest of the book is the narrator being self absorbed and distrustful. ...more
Sue Lauzon
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first book that I have read by this author. I thought it was pretty good. At times the book got a little slow but then the pace would pick up again and I would not want to put it down.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didnt think this was going to be as good as it was. Now i cant wait to read the three others I have by her.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a good read!
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, light read. Involves three generations of women, grandmother, mother and 2 sisters, their relationship and how they deal with men.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Weird - not very good - not a very good plot - would be reluctant to read another book by this author.
Feb 18, 2022 rated it liked it
i love luann rice but this was not her best. the main character was way to o wimpy and clingy and insecure, which i found off-putting. It just never really took off for me.
Allison Parrish
Oct 28, 2022 rated it it was ok
Slow and never really picks up. Only finished bc I’m trying to finish my reading challenge goal
Julie Barrett
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crazy in Love by Luanne Rice
Georgia and Nick are the perfect couple. They live on the family compound.
Nick commutes via seaplane to work. He and 3 others work at Wall Street.
Seaside, CT maybe the binds are not so strong.
The grandmother has done and been doing some crazy things with paint around the house that is irreversible.
She secretly worked as a maid and saved the money for a surprise for Nick. He never suspects as he's so busy with billion dollar deals.
She was awarded grant money to study h
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite scene in this book was when Pem killed herself with a gun and Honora brought her back to life using her magic wand. It was also...

Okay. None of what I just typed really happened in this book. In fact, not much really happened. There were no fight scenes (except when Clare and Georgie fought inside the bathroom while cleaning Pem's bum)or any other "action" in it. It showed nothing but simplicity of day to day life. And I believe that that is what made this book so beautiful.

Okay. Goi
Wei Cho
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
More sappy romance anyone? I seem full of them three years ago. Anyway. I'm not unfamiliar with Luanne Rice's style of writing or the feelings she elicits in me whenever I pick one of her books to read. They are endearing and warming. Tales of ordinary people with lives about to collapse and the same lesson in all the books, pursue your dreams and aspirations, even if that means that you should abandon your current dreams. Just do it. Everything will be fine. Just strive for happiness and everyt ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
"A woman's book."
Georgie loves her husband but has learned from her mom not to trust men. Her affair-a-phobia is destroying her marriage.
While hubby works long hours on Wall Street, she starts a project that is basically reporting on humanity. She wins a grant, which lets her travel and write more. As she does, she gains confidence in herself, but not her marriage. Meanwhile her hubby and a female law partner are cementing a delicate deal overseas.
On the home front, Georgie is flirting with a ph
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beach-read
A good conected family love story. Three related families living in a close area of land called Black Hall Bay in Connecticut. A marginal space between each family home living together in one small community. It was a delightful book about family bonds and how they made their lives safe and happy. Some family's can't live in close proxmity to one another but the Author made this one completely connected. I liked the book. It had a great story and fun to read. However, to me it made me feel like ...more
Ellen Puccinelli
Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My friends will probably think I'm crazy giving this book five stars; however, it is one of my favorite novels of all time! The first-person narration is fantastic, and I love everything about the story -- the relationship between the sisters, their mom, and their grandma; the observatory project taken on by the protagonist; the fact that two men in the story fly to work in a seaplane every day; the compound where the family lives ..... everything! Forget what you know about Luanne Rice based on ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is of a very tight knit family. Georgie feels she has the perfect marriage with Nick. Nick is consumed with his job on Wall Street and Georgie begins to feel left out and jealous with all sorts of suspicions. She begins her with the Swift Obeservatory which she examines peoples lives that have been changed dramatically by some sort of tragedy. Her she meets a very attractive photographer which makes her question her loyalty to her husband and this perfect marriage. The back and forth o ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Getting ready to ready this after "The Guilty Ones" by Joanna Crispi. Luanne Rice is one of the best fictional writers on the planet. If you haven't read any of her 30 novels, yet, then you have lots to choose from. Here are my personal favorites:

"Summer Light"
"Home Fires"
"Follow the Stars Home"
"Cloud Nine"
"Blue Moon"
"Secrets of Paris" -my new favorite
"Little Night" -newest novel out right now in card cover
"Geometry of Sisters"
"Firefly Beach"
"What Matters Most"
"Silver Bells"
Maria Miaoulis
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Unlike other Rice novels I've read, I wasn't too crazy about this one. The constant repetition made the story drag. Although there were a couple of shocking developments, I kept waiting for the book to "take off," but it never did. Rice's characters are always endearing, and I'm instantly transported to Connecticut's magical shoreline with her descriptions. However, I couldn't really get into this one. ...more
Dana Moore
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Most of the book was good, I didnt like how about 90% of the book talked about not trusting your spouses when you are away, many of the couples in the book had huge trust issues.

I did like the work that the main character did, she started a foundation to observe human behavior. Sounds like something I would really enjoy doing myself.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-six novels including THE SHADOW BOX, LAST DAY, BEACH GIRLS, PRETEND SHE'S HERE, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline. ...more

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