#BookClub: August 2019 Book Announcement
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
I happen to love the first day of the month. It's the day of fresh new beginnings, and one such turn of the tide is our beloved book club announcement. Get ready for this month's Romance Book Club read because it is a doozy!
When I read this book, I thought how incredibly relatable the main character, Penny, was. It was a refreshing take on romance because it wasn't about meeting and starting a new relationship but instead rekindling the romance between she and her long-time husband before all hope was lost of saving their marriage.
It also brings to light a couple of issues I felt were worth bringing awareness to. These included substance abuse - which, as this book so expertly demonstrated, doesn't always look like what we might expect it to look like, or be experienced by who we expect. The other issue is this overzealous idea that many people are shackled by, that we should accept nothing from ourselves outside of perfection. We have to be able to give ourselves a little grace.
A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.
Honesty is the best policy…except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán.
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.
What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?
When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?