Published by Brunswick House on November 15th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No marriage is perfect.
Josh and Anna Montgomery are trying to have a baby. Well, Anna is. Josh is making the minimum contribution necessary, and it’s ruining their relationship.
Gabe Hawkins is trying to survive the wild ride that is life with his wife, Claire. It’s passionate everywhere but in their bedroom.
For these four friends, the difficulties of their marriages are camouflaged by hazy happy hours, extravagant vacations, picturesque weddings, and sleeping in. The possibilities of their youth are wilting in the light of their waning twenties, and on one fateful night, four friends become two. Survivors become lovers. Truths are told, and nothing seems like forever anymore.
There was something about the simplicity of the title and then the synopsis to this book. This is the first book that drew my attention. Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire is the first book by Eliza Freed that I’ve read but all her her books look interesting. Since finishing this book I’ve decided I’ll be adding them all to my TBR.
I expected that Josh & Anna and Gave & Claire would be partially a mystery and partially women’s fiction. Holding the idea that love comes in many ways, I also thought it might be a love story. Let me tell you, it’s one of those books that has a bit of all that and more. The story is delivered to us through two points of view and is one that makes you truly believe that everything is not as it seems. Freed writes characters rich in emotion and this crew will provoke many, many feelings. I loved every minute of it.
The story is told in 3 stages and in alternating points of view, that of Anna’s and Gabe’s. It opens with Anna’s contemplating the state of her marriage as she and Josh working on conceiving a child. From there we journey through events and memories that reveal the personal thoughts and interactions of Anna and Gabe with there respective partners. The dynamics between the 4 of them are incredible – all 4 are great friends but they all have distinct relationships with each other. We learn from Anna that Josh is a bit of a hot head and from Gabe we learn that Claire is impetuous and drives a lot of the activities the 4 of them participate in. .
Anna & Gabe are most strongly tied together by their love of Claire. Without divulging too much of the plot I can say that circumstances push Anna and Gabe together just as they find themselves understanding each other more clearly and realizing they connect in a way neither saw. There’s also a mystery surrounding Claire’s state of mind and why things occurred as they did. Gabe is on track when he suspects something is off and he sets to uncover what exactly happened and why. Much of the story is Anna pushing her comfort levels and experiencing great personal growth. As a characters she very admirable and I so wanted her happiness and for her to find what would fulfilled her. At the same time, Gabe is learning to adjust to being on his own and there bond at times in tenuous. It’s a story of surrendering to ones feelings, not feeling guilty for them, and learning to move on…to find happiness.
Eliza’s writing is impeccable. The dialogue and the plot flow well and the mystery has a very interesting twist. Based on what we knew of Claire, I never saw that coming and the same goes for Josh. By the end we learn that Anna wasn’t completely unaware of his true nature. This is one of those unputdownable books that left me both strangely contemplative and exhilarated. I really loved how everything played out. Josh & Anna and Gave & Claire is one of those standout reads that combines romance and mystery in a very surprising way. 5 Stars and recommendation!!
~Review by Cyndi