The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland @elyssaFriedland @BerkleyPub #BookReview

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Hope everyone has a wonderful day whether you live in the US or not! If you do live in the states I hope you have a day filled with family, friends, barbecues, and fireworks 🎇🎇🎇

Excited to share my review today of this very interesting character driven book about marriage and human nature, enjoy 🎇

The Intermission

The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland

My Thoughts

4 A Marriage Interrupted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 intermission: an interval between two parts of an event ie a marriage…

Cass and Jonathan have been married for six years… from the outside they appear to be the couple who have everything… great jobs, a beautiful apartment, disposable income…. but, both Cass and Jonathan have secrets and doubts… so, before they start trying to have kids Cass decides they need a break… an intermission…. A six-month timeperiod Where they can figure out if they are happy in their marriage, if they are with the “right” person…. but, will this truly be an intermission or will it be the final act???

I found this an interesting idea… I also think if my ex-husband had approached me with this idea my reaction would have been… hasta la vista 🤬 during this time out Cass takes a job in LA and moves to the opposite coast… this leads to a crazy custody arrangement with their dog flying him every 30 days across the country usually on the redeye…. this also leads to more distance and more room for doubts… both Cass and Jonathan made some bad and telling decisions during this intermission…. it is always interesting to take a peek into other peoples relationships, probably why we all have such a fascination with reality television…. I spent most of this book trying not to pass judgment and analyzing the relationship between these two… should they stay together or are they better off apart?

I found Jonathan the more likable and sympathetic of this couple…Cass came across a bit selfish and calculating…. I also found most of the marriage problems stemming from her insecurities that were routed in her dysfunctional childhood, so very understandable…. we all bring so much baggage to a marriage, don’t we? We all probably bring some secrets as well, does your spells know absolutely everything about you? Now of course all secrets are not created equally…. I just read the blurb for this book, in the blurb the secrets in this marriage are described as “gut wrenching” ummm… I don’t think so, and I really think Cass’s secret was blown out of proportion… by her! Jonathan was a pretty understanding and devoted guy I think he would’ve really been OK with it, but…. then they would have had to open up and be completely honest with one another, something Cass had some trouble with…. I think the issues in this marriage could’ve been solved with some good marriage counseling, but then we wouldn’t of had this most interesting book….

Absolutely recommend to those of you who enjoy a character driven story about relationships and human behavior…. and if you are like me and like to play amateur psychologist this one is definitely for you!

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn’t share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know–and how much should we want to know–about the people we love the most?

After six years of marriage, the unshakeable confidence Cass felt on her wedding day is decidedly gone. Jonathan, on the other hand, is still smitten with Cass. It’s true that the personality quirks he once found charming in his wife–her complexity, her high standards, her refusal to clean the dishes–are beginning to grate. But for him, these are minor challenges in an otherwise healthy relationship. So it comes as a complete shock to Jonathan when Cass suddenly requests a marital ‘intermission’: a six-month separation during which they’ll figure out if the comfortable life they’ve built together is, in fact, the one they both want.

After Cass and Jonathan devise an absurd and jet lag-inducing plan to swap custody of their beloved dog every thirty days, they decide that (aside from their monthly canine exchange) the intermission will be a time for self-reflection–and not a time for talking. But, as the months pass, Cass and Jonathan begin to see that the very worst of their problems are rooted in just these kinds of calculated silences–and in a delicate web of blistering secrets they may never be ready to share.

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨🇺🇸