The Woman He Married Review
A story about marriage, family, and the silver lining that holds it all together.
Once an aspiring young attorney, Josie looked forward to taking on the injustices of the world—one case at a time. Eleven years later, she’s a stay-at-home mom and battling demons that don’t require a law degree. Only keeping up pretenses proves more than she can bear when a bracelet that should have been hers shows up on the wrist of another woman. Her marriage slowly begins to unravel as an ex-lover comes back into her life. When he offers her the dreams she thought she’d lost, Josie must chose between the man she married and the one she let get away.
John has always known exactly what he wanted. A career as a high-powered attorney, followed by the perfect family of six, and then elected public service. So it was no surprise that the first time he laid his eyes on Josie, he knew she was the one he’d share his dreams with. More than a decade, and one tragic miscalculation later, all he has worked for is slipping through his fingers. Powerless to stem the flow, the one thing he remains certain of: he can’t lose the woman he married.
Josie and John are "interesting" characters, they feel really like they could be real people in a sense. Josie could be any suburban mom that you run into at Starbucks, just lost in trying to keep up with the lives of her kids and husband. Those moms that I roll my eyes at because they actually introduce themselves as so an so's mom or wife instead of by their name I avoid them like the plague because I am pretty sure they are pod people.
Anyways....I kind of hated Josie a little bit because she went from one extreme to the other, being a slave to her family to being a slave to her work without actually ever seeming to become a real Josie. That upsets me a lot because as a single working mom I know that you can be a real person and have a life and job outside your children and still be able to be a be there mom.
There are many parts I do like of the book though, John having to explain to his kids what a douche he was, fantastically done.