RESULTS MAY VARY by Bethany Chase

RESULTS MAY VARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A woman learns to rebuild her life after a shocking revelation shakes her to the core.

By all standards, Caroline Hammond is living a pretty idyllic life, with a job as a museum curator, a marriage to her high school sweetheart, and a beautiful house in the Berkshires. But all the good in Caroline’s world falls away when she learns that her seemingly devoted husband, Adam, has been having an affair with photographer and artist Patrick Timothy. Stunned not only by his infidelity, but by the fact that he was attracted to men—a fact she never once suspected—Caroline must learn what it means to be single for the first time since she was 17. Luckily, she doesn’t need to do it alone. Suffering from her own recent breakup and layoff, her younger sister—the often rambunctious and fun-loving Ruby—offers to come for an extended visit, and Caroline begrudgingly accepts. Bolstered by her sister and her best friend, Jonathan, Caroline begins to unravel the truths and lies in both her relationship and her life. Not long after deciding that her marriage is indeed beyond repair, she's asked out by Neil, a colleague at the museum as well as a very recent widower with two young daughters. While that relationship begins to develop, Caroline can’t help but worry that she has fallen into another woman’s life. Still longing for her own marriage, Caroline is faced with some difficult and heartbreaking decisions. With charm and wit, Chase (The One That Got Away, 2015) creates characters a reader can truly care about. Exploring the complexities of life and love, she is generous in her depictions—even when it comes to Adam, the cheating spouse. Caroline’s story is nuanced and complex, an altogether addictive read.

A novel that doles out both laughter and tears, in the best possible ratio.

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7944-7
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2016




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