I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (5 out of 5)

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June, 2014 is going to be a great month for new recommends at my bookstore. I have read several in the past few weeks that were extraordinary. Of course, they aren’t out yet, so I can’t sell them. But I can do my part and do a review post on here and hope some bloggers see it and put it on their TBR lists.  I got this galley from Wendy at Simon & Schuster. Thank you again, Wendy, for being awesome and sending me great books to read, review, relish, and then sell the crap out of when they are released.

Monogamy. It’s a friend of mine. It’s not a friend of Richard Haddon. He should be celebrating his first successful solo show in the City of Lights, Paris. He should be celebrating because he has a beautiful wife and young daughter at his side as he triumphs. Not the case. He’s pretty upset that his paramour and mistress has ditched him for a cutlery designer. Wait, what? But. He’s. Married. Exactly. That’s at the heart of the book. Monogamy. Richard is not a fan, and not a practitioner.  Until he sells the painting. The painting is one that was inspired by Anne, his wife, when they were newlyweds. This makes him question what’s going on in his overall life, not to mention the cheating ding-dong he’s become. With the determination of a thousand snake charmers, he sets out to win Anne back and save their marriage, not to mention his career and soul. How he goes about winning Anne back, well, is definitely unusual and highly entertaining. Does he succeed? Does he fail? Where does his daughter figure into this? Does he win the reader over?

Who wins with this book? The reader. I haven’t been that entertained by a novel in this vein since Where’d You Go, Bernadette? There are equal parts where you want to punch Richard, and others where you cheer him on in his misguided attempts to re-woo his wife.  I seriously wanted to smack him in the face with a fish for half of the novel, but gradually, he won me over. Anne, now that’s a character. Loved her from the start, and not just because she’s the wronged party, but because she has such a presence. This book has such heart, it completely wins you over right away. And it keeps you wanting to read to see what happens, despite Richard being a first-class asshat. I loved this book. I can’t wait for it to hit the shelves so I can sell the crap out of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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~ by generationgbooks on March 30, 2014.

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