My One Month Marriage - Shari Low
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
“I just need to know...which one of you slept with my husband?” You know that "till death do us part" bit in the wedding vows? Well, Zoe Danton believed it. One month after she said “I do”, the man she loved is gone, given his marching orders after Zoe discovered a devastating secret. As teenagers facing a crushing loss, Zoe made a pact with her three sisters to stick together no matter what. 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?
Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this latest book by Shari Low to find that it was set in the same world as the books I have recently read by her. She does a fantastic job of keeping all of her books just ever so slightly intertwined and allowing characters to make small cameos that we have met before. This time we are following Zoe, who we met very briefly in ‘One Day in Winter’ when Tom, a main character, was breaking her heart to follow his. We even pick up directly on this plot thread and everything that happened in this book is a direct fallout from what happened here. Zoe has three sisters, and they are also the stars of this book. We start off with Zoe’s marriage break down, we don’t know who it is to, and it is a little confusing once we know her connection to Tom and his past story. We then skip back in time, and in true Shari Low fashion, the book is split up into sections following the four characters through the time leading up to the marriage fallout. We get to see each perspective to the events that are happening. Zoe is overcoming the heartbreak that Tom has caused while still having to remain a professional friendship with him for the sake of her career. Verity, a schoolteacher, is madly in love but her feelings aren’t reciprocated. She has to find a way to come to terms with who the love of her life has chosen to spend the rest of his life with. Yvie, is the happy, smiling, keeping everything together nurse. But is she? On the surface she seems to have everything together and even manages to help sort everyone else’s lives out, she is the one everyone turns to for help, but on the inside, she is crumbling so fast, and she has no one to help catch her when she falls. Marina is the patriarchal sister. She has her entire life mapped out, and those of her children’s and husband’s. Her life is a well-oiled machine until the day she doesn’t want it to be anymore, and she starts to strive and crave a little bit of excitement. All of the sisters have a sorrowful past which is what has made them who they are today. I’m not sure this part of the story really leant much to the book as a whole, especially the chapters set in 1999. I know it was supposed to show how it had shaped them, but it did seem very disjointed and unnecessary. The intrigue as to who had slept with Zoe’s husband was very well done. These tiny snippets building up the finale were interspersed after every nine chapters. So you really did have a build-up of anticipation waiting to find out what was going on. I didn’t think this book had the usual Shari Low’ hit you in the gut’ with emotional feelings that I am used to from her. It had some laugh out loud moments, but I am usually emotionally wrecked when I finish one of her books, and I didn’t feel that way this time. This is a pleasant read. It didn’t blow me away, but it was nice to be back in the world of her characters and the odd mention of a few that we have seen before or shops that we have frequented. It makes you feel as if you are visiting old friends or you are getting to know a friend of a friend. Overall, not a bad read and a solid four stars!