Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
From the Publisher:
At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
I’ve read all of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Most of the time, I will bypass my long to-read list and bump his newest book to the top so I can be sure and read it.
Russell seemed like a smart guy who acted pretty dumb at the beginning of this book. It was very clear from the first page of this book that his wife was not in the marriage because she loved him. He put up with quite a bit from her and turned a blind eye to even more. This kind of annoyed me about Russ because he seemed to be a successful guy who knew how the business world worked. Maybe it’s different when you are in the situation but he seemed to be the last to realize that his life was falling apart around him.
I loved Russell’s family and how they rallied to support him while still having their own multi-dimensional lives in the book. I loved that they were more than willing to help him but didn’t enable him by rushing in and fixing everything for him.
I loved how the relationship between Russ and his daughter changed. He adapted as he needed to and he realized how important that relationship is and what he was willing to do to keep it.
As with all Nicholas Sparks’ books, I waited for the other shoe to drop. Once again, I seemed to know what was going to happen before many of the characters in the book, but that did not stop me from having tears stream while reading the last several chapters of the book.