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Goodreads Summary: Happiness Sold Separately 

Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order — college, law school, career, marriage — but now everything’s going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can’t have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it’s probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak. Elinor’s loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too. Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing. Ted’s lover, Gina — a beautiful and kindhearted nutritionist — always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again. Can Elinor and Ted’s marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own

Review: 5 Stars

This was a hard book to read. After dealing with infertility myself, I could not only relate to the procedures, but also the mix of emotions and the pressure it puts on a marriage. Then to have tragedy strike again…sobs…I was NOT ready for that, but feared it would happen. Though they would have only been together for the wrong reasons.

Yes, Ted was a jerk to cheat, he was selfish and immature…but infertility f*cks with you and no matter how strong a marriage, it could turn people into people they are normally not.

Yes, Elinor was a annoying and crazy…but that is was infertility, IVF, and miscarriages do to you. Yes, she couldn’t get over Ted’s affair…when she needed him the most he gave up.

**spoiler alert below**


I think the ending was perfect, yes it was left open, but I think Elinor will finally let Ted go so they both can be happy. Ted didn’t want to adopt, didn’t want to deal with disappointment again. Then he meets Toby and becomes the dad he was meant to be.

Elinor needed to be a mom, but didn’t need Ted. She was better on her own, she knew it made no sense to keep a man around she didn’t really love and didn’t really love her. Why put yourself through all the torture and pain, she finally made the best choice for her. By letting go and standing on her own she will be the mom she needs to be. 

I think an ending that is left open, especially in this situation, is great. With infertility, there is no clear answer and even years and decades later you still think about and often wonder what would have happened if you made the other choice.



Goodreads Summary: In The Blood

Liar, liar, pants on fire . . . College senior Lana Granger has told so many lies about her past that the truth seems like a distant, cloudy nightmare.  But she meets her match when she begins babysitting for a volatile, manipulative eleven-year-old boy.  Soon after Lana takes the job, her close friend Beck mysteriously disappears.  Lana instantly begins fabricating stories – to friends, to police, to herself.  Why doesn’t her account jibe with those of eye-witnesses?  Lana will do anything to bury the truth about that night … and about her life.  But someone else knows her secrets.  And he’s dying to tell.

As darkly startling and finely crafted as her blockbuster bestseller Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger’s masterful new psychological thriller is packed with no-holds-barred raw power.

This is going to be a sick and twisted read, can’t wait. 


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Just Finished Reading… — 10 Comments

  1. I’m so thankful that we never personally dealt with infertility; but I have plenty of friends and family members who have. Kudos for you for having a great (and realistic) attitude about the situation. It looks like your personal experience helped provide some insight into the storyline as well.

    • There were days, weeks and months I didn’t want to ever wake up…I totally understood where Elinor was coming from…it really captured what infertility feels like.

  2. This sounds like such an emotional read, and I would imagine even more so for you. I usually hate when books are left open, but really, I’m not sure if I really do, because I’m writing the ending in my own head.

Would love to read your thoughts