There may be few certainties in life, but here’s one I’m slowly learning to count on: if Shari Low writes a book? I will enjoy it. And My One Month Marriage proves it.
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
You know that ‘till death do us part’ bit in the wedding vows? Well Zoe Dalton believed it. She walked up the aisle thinking that she was strolling to her happy ever after.
One month later, her heart is in pieces, she’s returning the wedding gifts and there’s a husband-shaped space next to her in bed. He’s gone, after Zoe discovered a devastating secret.
But Zoe has lost so much more than her marriage. Her three sisters are not only her siblings, they’re her best friends too.
Now she’s discovered that one of them may have been the reason her husband betrayed her.
She’s lost her happy ever after, but has she lost a sister too?
| C – characters |
A – atmosphere
W – writing
P – plot
I – intrigue
L – logic
E – enjoyment
First of all – the description of this book is a bit confusing – some might even go as far as to say: misleading. As is usually the case with Shari Low’s books, My One Month Marriage focuses on several characters, who’s stories are linked together in ways that are sometimes more, and sometimes less obvious.
For example, if you read Low’s Another Day in Winter, you will remember Tom – who is, in a way, the instigator for a lot of the happenings in this book. Those glimpses into the “happily ever after” of characters I already fell in love with? That might have been enough to make me like this book.
Shari Low, though, goes above and beyond. I’m not quite sure how she manages to keep track of so many parallel time lines, of so many twists and turns (although I’m imagining something like a master spread sheets and a lot of post-its could have something to do with it?). However, she manages to interweave the four (and a bit) storylines beautifully, unveiling exactly who the four sisters are and what they stand for in the perfect way.
Those sisters are probably one of the biggest reasons I really enjoyed this book. Are they always likeable? No! Absolutely not, even. But as you get to see their reflections, their insecurities, their relationships, both individually and as a group… It’d be rather hard not to root for them. Taking into account that last, final twist? Well – it had me kinda shook. And wanting to reread the entire thing immediately!
The rating: 4/5
If you’re in the mood for a romantic story with just that little bit more, My One Day Marriage is your thing. Perfectly paced, interesting characters – and of course: at least three more books in the same universe, to check out afterwards! (Goodreads)