DETAILS: Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright. Copyright 2010. Women's fiction
SUMMARY: A thirty-something woman's marriage falls apart and she has an affair and a bunch of other stuff happens.
PROS: Honestly, the writing was fantastic. The characters were dynamic, the story was engaging and it had none of the "slow bits" I so dread in a book. It was also written in present tense, and I love it when writers successfully change up the "norm" with regard to tense and person.
CONS: Let me temper this by saying that I am not a prude when it comes to books. I have read many books about divorce, affairs, etc. and generally they do not bother me. This one bothered me a lot. The author and the characters seemed to be of the opinion that ideally, a woman would have an affair and/or leave her husband. Her husband was not abusive, not cruel, not anything that would make me say "run for the hills." Mostly, she was just bored. Now, I understand that women leave their husbands for this reason all the time, and I am not here to debate the validity of doing so. What I objected to, was the attitude that if women all weren't such spineless pansies, we would have all ditched our men a long time ago, that this was the ideal situation, when I think it clearly is not ideal at all. Now divorce is a sticky subject, and I can't say I never agree with it, but affairs, in my opinion, are not. I had a problem with the character constantly sneaking around behind her husband's back and seeming to feel no guilt or consequences from it. I almost put the book down after the second or third chapter, but decided to give it a chance to see what the ending was. Without giving anything away, let me just say that I was not satisfied.
BOTTOM LINE: If glorifying affairs and divorce does not bother you, you may very well like this book. As for me, I have to give it two stars out of five.