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I recently read two books that blew me away, mostly because of the theme they tackled - troubled marriages.
Usually series romances (HP's at least) follow the tried-and-true formula of showing the couple meet-cute, experience a crisis, and deal with the issue to get to their HEA. And normally that's my cup of tea! But maybe it's because I've been married 10+ years, but of all the HPs I've read, the ones that lingered with me the most were :
They were so atypical of what HPs usually are - in both, the couple have been married for a while (6+ years at least), and even have multiple children. I am vehemently against kiddos in my romances, but somehow Michelle Reid made it work (mostly because they are not front and center). The SW book is older and while some of the attitudes are (somewhat) dated, she did an excellent job of showing how two people who truly love each other can drift apart. I told my husband I was spellbound by the book b/c it was heartbreaking to see two people who do love each other but can't find a common ground to be together. The h was self-aware enough to recognize she was becoming stifled as a fulfilled person and was truly torn between following her dreams and being a partner in her marriage. The husband's care and underlying love for his wife was shown, not just told by the auther. I also like how there was some uncertainty at the end - everything wasn't tied up in a neat bow.
Can anyone else recommend similar books? I don't want to drift to Women's fiction, where this is more common - I like me some HEA's!!
I don't know if you would be interested in these titles, but they all deal with betrayal in a marriage. Some are somewhat predictable, but some are really different. Check them out.
More Than Friends - Barbara Delinsky
A Woman's Place - Barbara Delinsky
Time to Heal - Karen Young
The Fourth Child - C. J. Carmichael
The Opposite Shore - Maryanne Stahl
Stranger at the Door - Laura Abbot
Pacific Hope - Bette Nordberg
Big Girls Don't Cry - Brenda Novak
The Other Woman - Brenda Novak
The Ocean Between Us - Susan Wiggs
Oceans Apart - Karen Kingsbury
Reason to Believe - Kathleen Eagle
And the Shofar Blew - Francine Rivers
Diary of a Mistress - Miasha