Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter

Large Print - 2010 | Large print ed.
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Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two and the wife of Nick Russo, a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie -- a little boy who has never known his father. Although they live in the same upscale Boston suburb, the two women have relatively little in common. Until one night, when Charlie is at a sleepover, and a split-second accident sends him to the hospital and Dr. Russo.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, c2010
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410426406
Branch Call Number: GIFFIN
Characteristics: 537 p


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Sep 08, 2015

I was disappointed in this novel. Was not a good read for me.

Jun 16, 2015

Such a great book- love it! All of emily giffins books are SPOT On!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book dealt with some more serious subjects than some of Giffin's other novels. It was still a good read and interesting told from different character's points of view."

Jun 15, 2013

Probably my favourite Giffin book. The author does not shy away from tough subjects, and I really liked that not only did we hear of the affair from Valerie's side but also from Tessa's as well. It added much more dimension, and shows how far reaching the effects of an affair can be.

Mar 22, 2013

I usually love her books but I just couldn't like this one. The story line had a lot of plot holes. I felt that the affair came out of nowhere. Maybe if we could have seen it from the husband's point of view I would have felt different. Did not enjoy this book.

mbass3189 Oct 05, 2012

I have read countless books and this is by far my FAVORITE! The book is NOT predictable. Emily Giffin really got to me in this one. Im not sure why because im not married and don't have children but my heart really wen out to both these characters. This is a book that i could read over and over.

Mar 26, 2012

A story about infidelity. Husband is to blame of course. But it shares the perspectives of the wife and the other woman.

It takes love and sacrifice, from both the husband and wife to make it work.

I found Tessa's chapters more interesting.

Sep 21, 2011

People comparing Emily Giffin to a modern-day Jane Austen makes me cringe.

Jun 16, 2011

This was my favourite of Giffin's novels. I loved that the point of view varied between Tessa and Valerie. Both woman have Dr. Nick Russo in common yet the woman do not know one another. The book highlights there relationship with the Dr. I found all three characters likeable and I understood the motivations for each characters' actions.

Apr 22, 2011

I just finished this book today, been up reading it.

Strangely enough, I enjoyed this. I enjoyed that it showed both women's perspectives, with all their flaws and hopes and dreams and ill thoughts, the wife and the "other" woman.

I also thought it had a more solid characterization and a more directed plotline, with a wider and deeper grasp of human reality and emotions, than Something Borrowed. It made me think, this book, even if I was not yet married.

Best-written for me, so far, by Emily Giffin. Most insightful too.

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