From the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny—a vibrant novel of love, life lessons, and learning to trust yourself
Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.
But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.
Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.
“The Idea of Him” by Holly Peterson was an absolutely fantastic read! It only took me three days to finish the book, and I have twin 10 month old boys full-time, so that says a lot about how much I liked it! It grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept my attention until the end. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this novel as much as I did. I’m usually a historical fiction fan, and I rarely read books that deal with modern time periods. I’m so happy I gave this book a chance, and it made me realize that I need to expand my horizons a little when it comes to the genre of books I read. The writing style was great, it flowed smoothly and I love that it was written in first person, it really allowed you to get to know Allie’s character, and to really relate to her. Allie is definitely a relatable and likable character. You can really feel the anxiety and stress she is going through with her marital problems. I think that her issues with her husband is something that a lot of women can relate to. You really are rooting for Allie in this book, and wanting everything to turn out for the best in her life.
I was definitely rooting for her and her ‘soul-mate’ James to finally get together. Her flashbacks to different times when her and James were together definitely endeared him to the reader, and made him seem like the perfect match for Allie. I also enjoyed the sexual tension and chemistry between Allie and Tommy. It definitely livened things up and kept me wondering what was going to happen between them next. I absolutely hated her husband, Wade. He is your typical egotistical male, who cares nothing for anyone but himself. It’s not hard to be on Allie’s side, rooting for her happiness when you see the cad she’s married to.
I would recommend this novel to anyone. It’s an excellent read, and you really fall in love with the main character, Allie. You can’t help but to root for her, and to hope that she will come out on top, because she really deserves it. There are a few unexpected twists in this novel, so it keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen and how things will turn out. All in all it’s a great book that I believe anyone would enjoy.
I give “The Idea of Him” a FIVE out of FIVE stars!
About the Author
Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Manny. She was a contributing editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she covered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and other publications.
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