Elliot was taller than Nina was, but not by much, and her blocky heels gave her the inch or two needed to engage him eye to eye. “I am woman. Hear me roar. Welcome to the seventies,” she said.
Standing on a Scottish tower high above the North Sea, Nina Rushforth gazed into the eyes of a lanky young man and made a big mistake—she fell in love. Six months later, she’s back in Utah with a ring on her finger, standing in front of a classroom of farm kids, discussing the dangers of dangling participles.
Instead of the sophisticated life she had imagined, Nina is keeping house in a miniscule apartment and living with a young husband who knows nothing more about being married than she does. Beset with cooking mishaps, lesson plans, and interfering in-laws, the newlyweds find themselves teetering on the brink of disaster—and neither knows know how to stop from going over the edge.
Award-winning author Annette Haws brilliantly captures the comic strife of young LDS love caught in the turbulent social crosscurrents of the 1970s. As Nina and her husband struggle with these first-year missteps, they must learn to trust the love that brought them together.
The Accidental Marriage is an interesting book. Being married, I was able to relate to parts of the newlywed couple's situation, and I think any married person could relate in some ways.
My attention was kept throughout the book, but this isn't really the type of book I usually enjoy. It was mostly a downer with all of the arguments and harsh words (between the couple and from their families). It felt like the only positive part of Nina and Elliot's relationship was physical, and there isn't much time spent on that (which I applaud-I don't want to be in the bedroom with them).
Not only was the day-to-day home life rough, but Nina's situation at work was horrible! I really felt for her. There is no question that she was at fault for some of the issues in her marriage, but it was hard not to take her side.
On the whole the story flows well, but on several occasions I felt a little lost, and wondered if I had skipped something.
I did appreciate the ending. More would have been nice, but it was hopeful.
About the Author:
After fourteen years teaching in the public school system, Annette Haws set aside her denim jumpers and sturdy shoes to pursue her interest in writing fiction. A native of a small college town on the northern edge of Utah and a people watcher from an early age, Ms. Haws examines the tribulations and the foibles of characters playing their parts on a small stage. Her first novel, Waiting for the Light to Change, won Best of State, A Whitney Award for Best Fiction, and the League of Utah Writers award for best published fiction. She’s been published in Sunstone and Dialogue. She is the mother of four above average children and is the spouse of a patient husband. She blogs at annettehaws.com.
Author: Annette Haws
Publisher: Bonneville Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: December 2013
Source: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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