Where We Belong (and other summer reads)

Emily Giffin is finally releasing her latest book, "Where We Belong". All her previous books (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One Your With, and Heart of the Matter) are all time favorites of mine. Giffin's characters have a way of sticking with you for years and years, and I still wonder what is going on in their lives. I always dread turning the last page to any of her stories.
Where We Belong
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

This description has me pretty unamused. I've read this story before and I know how it ends but I'm going to give it the old college try and hope that Giffin delivers again. I'll try to report back on how it turned out.

And speaking of books, I just wrapped up this goody.
Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage 
In many ways, the Browns are like any other middle-American family. They eat, play, and pray together, squabble and hug, striving to raise happy, well-adjusted children while keeping their relationship loving and strong. The difference is, there are five adults in the openly polygamous Brown marriage—Kody and his four wives—who among them have seventeen children.  

I'm, for some reason, very interested by this family and never miss one of their episodes. I can almost say that I would watch this show on the DVR before the Housewives, so when I found out they had released their book, I had to snag it.

The book is broken into 3 parts and each chapter in every part is written by a different wife. It's quite interesting to get an idea of how different and similar this polygamous family is from mine. I would recommend it if you've seen the TV show and know the wives - it made it easier and more interesting to be able to put a personality and face to each character.

What are some good summer reads that have made your list so far?


  1. I read the first few chapters of Emily Giffin's new book (you get a preview in The Diary of Darcy Rhone - free on iBooks if you haven't read it!) and I actually can't wait to read the rest! That sister wives book sounds really good too. It fascinates me that a woman would WANT to live like that and share her husband.

  2. I am also excited to read Emily Giffin's new book! I read her last one The Heart of the Matter in two days!

  3. When can I borrow the old Giffin books? I need to catch-up!!! Love Tea Time with Tess!

  4. "Becoming Sister Wives" definitely isn't something I'd usually want to read, but the way it is organized intrigues me so maybe I'll give it a try.

    I read, and loved, "My Friend Leonard" as well as way too many other gems to give them all the rave reviews they deserve. But check out James Frey if you haven't already!