“That was the thing about being honest—once you began, it was hard to go back to sanitizing life with white lies.”
Fiction – Contemporary
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?
“Most people say they want the truth. What they mean is that they want it if it’s palatable.”
This was my first Camille Pagán book and definitely won’t be my last! I really adored this book. The content, characters, and message were wonderful!
Penelope is someone I can relate to so very much. She may be a little more driven than I am (hah J), but I can relate to her need to look like she is doing just fine even though she is struggling tremendously. I think we all can probably relate to that, right? Just putting on a happy face and saying that everything is fine? I’ve done that far more times than I’d care to know. When Penelope receives some shocking news, she comes to realize that she is not content with her life the way it is.
What comes next is the hard work, sweat, and emotions that go into trying to make a change. Her and her adorable husband, Sanjay, agree to discuss things that have probably needed to be discussed for years. Through this, Penelope becomes, at some points painfully, aware of her shortcomings, but she is one determined woman. I love that she is not about to give up! She fights for what is important to her.
The author created some deeply flawed and relatable characters in this story, which always sits well with me. I felt for their heartbreaks and longed for their victories.
This definitely isn’t one you will want to miss!
Available April 1st!
Thank you to Kathleen Carter and Lake Union Publishing for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.