Results May Vary: A Novel - Bethany Chase

Can you ever really know the person you love?
She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can't get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband's other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story's ending will mean forgiving the man she's loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.
Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the fact that in love and in life, we rarely get exactly what we bargained for.

This book had such a fantastic plot and I was so invested while reading.

 

I found myself leaning both ways because I just couldn't decide what I wanted for Caroline. I loved the characters and the many aspects that the author incorporated and I felt like there were so many possible ways that the book could have taken.

 

After Caroline begins the process of divesting from her husband, she looks into dating anew, and the awkwardness of this situation is so delightfully agonising to read about. Since she'd basically spent her entire life with Adam, she'd never really gone through the process of dating someone new, of handling the social cues and knowing how to appropriately act. It often seems just as painful for all of this, but the way she handled it made me feel as if I was reading about a good friend.

 

Each chapter started with a quote about love which partially made me cringe because it often felt painful to think of Caroline bitterly coming across these. Most of them were really sweet or fascinating though and I thought these added to the book.

 

I loved the amount of gay in this book and the issues that realising one is gay can bring up, and I really appreciated how gay was a completely ordinary thing to be and not at all a big deal.

 

I simply adored Caroline's best friend, Jonathan. I also fell in love with her sister Ruby. And with Neil's children. There were a lot of truly delightful characters in this book. Jonathan and Ruby especially were such great examples of friends as they were fully there for Caroline when she needed them and took such great care of her.

 

You can't have love without a story, this book teaches. It was a really easy book to read, and I was grateful to have it with me on a flight because it passed the time quickly.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.