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"Giffin excels at creating complex characters and stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on May 11, 2010
ISBN: 9781429926539
List price: $7.99
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Giffin's post-Something Blue novels have never quite seemed to match up to the magical characterization of her first two. I just never connected at all to the main characters and could not muster up the energy to empathize with them in their scenarios. It's a shame, because Emily Giffin is not a bad writer at all (as demonstrated by how much I love Something Borrowed and Something Blue) but for some reason there is something lacking in her characters'...hearts?read more
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I liked the characters and found the story semi-interesting but it was a bit fluffy and the story was set up so that I was going to be disappointed in the ending no matter what. And I was.read more
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Heart of the Matter, by Emily Giffin is one of those books that is completely frustrating and yet completely readable. The story is a triangle of sorts, two women, one man. Tessa and Nick have been married for years, with two small children. By all accounts, they have a satisfying, happy marriage. Nick is a surgeon and works odd hours, something the family is used to. When Nick meets Valerie, the mother of a young boy in his care, he is instantly attracted. The reader is treated to two views. We see the story through Tessa's eyes as she begins to doubt her husband's faithfulness. We see the story through Valerie's eyes as a woman who is falling fast for the good looking doctor. Personally, I liked both women. That's what made it all so difficult. I also kind of liked Nick despite him being a cheating husband. I've read a few other books by Emily Giffin and recognized some of the characters from past books. I always enjoy those little connections. Heart of the Matter is a solid read with believable characters and a believable situation. I recommend it.read more
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Giffin's post-Something Blue novels have never quite seemed to match up to the magical characterization of her first two. I just never connected at all to the main characters and could not muster up the energy to empathize with them in their scenarios. It's a shame, because Emily Giffin is not a bad writer at all (as demonstrated by how much I love Something Borrowed and Something Blue) but for some reason there is something lacking in her characters'...hearts?
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I liked the characters and found the story semi-interesting but it was a bit fluffy and the story was set up so that I was going to be disappointed in the ending no matter what. And I was.
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Heart of the Matter, by Emily Giffin is one of those books that is completely frustrating and yet completely readable. The story is a triangle of sorts, two women, one man. Tessa and Nick have been married for years, with two small children. By all accounts, they have a satisfying, happy marriage. Nick is a surgeon and works odd hours, something the family is used to. When Nick meets Valerie, the mother of a young boy in his care, he is instantly attracted. The reader is treated to two views. We see the story through Tessa's eyes as she begins to doubt her husband's faithfulness. We see the story through Valerie's eyes as a woman who is falling fast for the good looking doctor. Personally, I liked both women. That's what made it all so difficult. I also kind of liked Nick despite him being a cheating husband. I've read a few other books by Emily Giffin and recognized some of the characters from past books. I always enjoy those little connections. Heart of the Matter is a solid read with believable characters and a believable situation. I recommend it.
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Usually like her books but this was definitely missing the usual rounded characters. Maybe, the story of rich women choosing not to work because they have children and then being dissatisfied is a bit boring.
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The character of Nick is one of the most loathsome I have come across - he belittles his wife, who has given up her job to raise their toddlers and is having difficulty acclimating to suburban life. He is the most popular surgeon at his hospital, handsome and modest, but sates his ennui by ditching his family at every opportunity to play white knight to an emotionally fragile woman and her injured son. And he is also the kind of Italian mama's boy who will unfailingly out argue his wife and force her to experience his guilt.The character of the mistress is far more complex than the married couple, but just as foolish in her actions.Giffin is a good writer - her sentences are sharp, her characters and their milieu is thankfully not silly and lacking in disorganized, simpering girlishness - but this book was a disappointment.
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In my view, with this book, Emily Giffin is back. After "Baby Proof" let me down, and "Love the One You're With" left me feeling cool and unsatisfied, I decided not to really bother with this one, especially after reading the sample when it came out.I was wrong though, and I now I see that it was simply a blip with the other two books. I found in this the humor and compelling story telling that I found in first two novels.Oddly enough, the thing I disliked the most (and that being said, it wasn't all that big of a problem) is the re-appearance of characters from her debut novel.I'm now honestly looking forward to "Where we Belong."
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