Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

    “For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.

 When Alice Buckle, who has been married to William for nearly twenty years, receives a survey in her e-mail from the Netherfield Center for the Study of Marital Happiness, she is in the doldrums. She loves her husband but they’ve grown distant, she is bored with her job, and her adolescent children need her less now. And she has reached the age at which her mother died. So as she idly begins answering the questions, she finds herself baring her soul in an anonymous survey she never even intended to respond to. As she struggles, she realizes it has been years since anyone asked deep, serious questions of her, and really listened to her answers. Soon her entire life as she knows it is called into question.”

Stiletto Storytime is excited to be a part of the book blog tour for Wife 22 by Melanie GideonWife 22 is a great read for those who like to curl up with a good book that’s not afraid to ask those tough life questions or push the boundaries of what can sometimes be considered “safe” contemporary women’s fiction. While it delves into some serious life issues I still think it would an ideal book for the beach or pool-side. It’s definitely a book I found I could relate to even though I may not be at that age or moment in life that Alice Buckle finds herself.

The very book itself is centered around the main character of a middle aged woman who finds herself deeply questioning her place in life, the choices she has made as time has gone by and the current state of her own happiness. It’s about that point in life that I think a lot of people reach when one might look around and suddenly wonder how you got to where you are. For women in particular I think it can be what happens when you’ve poured every bit your very being into everyday life (marriage, children, career…etc) and then suddenly you look around one day and wonder where “you” went. More specifically for this character it centers around the declining state of her marriage and to some degree the changing relationships with her children as they have grown. Those moments in life can come about in lots of ways but for Alice Buckle it all seems to begin when she proceeds to answer questions put forth by an online anonymous marriage survey.

The survey is really a driving force for this novel. One of my personal favorite aspects of the book is the unique format in which it is written. Alice Buckle finds herself answering questions in this survey and the reader is given the answers to the questions as the book proceeds. Each chapter brings new answers and topics to light. However readers are not the given actual questions themselves until the end. I myself didn’t even realize the survey questions were in the book at all until I finished and discovered them listed in the very back of the book. I’m glad I didn’t look ahead and see them or even know I had the possibility to cheat. Reading the answers and not knowing the questions makes the reader really have to look into each answer and truly think about what Alice is saying and why. It gives a unique twist to the book and made the writing more interesting in my opinion. For me it piqued my interest in a unique way that just would not have been the same if I knew the questions as I was reading.

As a special part of this tour I am going answer one of the questions from the book and also allow you a sneak peek at the author Melanie’s answer as well. Our survey question for this stop on the tour is:

What did you imagine falling in love would be like when you were young?

Melanie’s answer:
Oh my goodness, I was such a dewy-eyed romantic. Romeo and Juliet kind of love. Obsessive love. Not the kind of love that makes for a good marriage. I’m glad I got over that phase.

My Answer:

I was much like Melanie. I was very naive in a lot of ways but I truly believed in that all-consuming, meant for each other love that was so real it could be your everything. Love to me was the most important thing in the world and so I often let that person be my everything.  I’ve been lucky to have had that kind of love in my life and while I treasure it and remember it fondly in many ways….Melanie is right, as you get older you find there are lots of kinds of love and some work better for marriage and the happily ever after than others.

And now back to my review. While I really enjoyed the book there were some facets of the novel that I found a little far fetched including the relationship that Alice embarks upon as she questions her marriage. I don’t want to spoil anything but readers will no doubt understand what relationship I mean shortly after beginning the novel. I also wish Alice’s relationships with her children and the death of her mother were further explored. They kind of lie on the surface of the book- making an impact but never really being brought to light fully.

In the end all in all I found it to be an enjoyable and thought provoking read although some of it’s elements don’t go that deep and could be better developed. To me it was a good book but it had the ingredients to be better if that makes sense. Sometimes you just want more but I think that can be a compliment to the book in and of itself. If it wasn’t well written and you didn’t care about the characters then you wouldn’t want more.

But don’t take my word for it….Want a sneak peek at Wife 22? You can read an excerpt here and make sure to check out the next stop on the blog tour on June 7th at Book Journey. You can also check out debut author Melanie Gideon on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

   Book Giveaway

 I am extremely excited to be able to give two lucky readers here at Stiletto Storytime their very own copies of Wife 22 to enjoy this summer. Giveaway will end midnight EST June 12, 2012 and is available to a US addresses only. The lucky winners will be chosen by random number generator and contacted by e-mail. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter just comment below and share one of your favorite summer reads. It can be a new book from this year’s summer reading pile or that old stand-by that you read every summer when vacation time rolls around. I’m looking for those must read books to add to my summer list so let me know the one you can’t live without and you might win a new book to add to your collection.

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28 responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

  1. Jenny Co

    I could use a good summer read to take on my honeymoon!!! :-)

    • stilettostorytime

      Jenny- Congratulations! Of course you’ll need some good reading material for your trip….vacation reading is one of my favorite types of reading. I always can remember those particular books and where I was when I read them. Hope you have a fantastic honeymoon with lots of great reading as well!

  2. Monja Blue

    I liked 10 Beach Road!

    • stilettostorytime

      Monja- I wasn’t familiar with this title…looks like the perfect beach read though! Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Monja Blue

    I’m a follower!

  4. Monja Blue

    I liked Melanie on FB!

  5. carlrscott

    Every summer my wife and I enjoy something by Pat Conroy. A really good example is Beach Music.

    • stilettostorytime

      Carl- I have actually never read anything by Pat Conroy…maybe I should give it a try this summer…”Beach Music” sounds like a great summer book to start with! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. carlrscott

    I follow this blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  7. carlrscott

    I also follow on twitter: @carlrscott

  8. carlrscott

    I follow Melanie on Twitter: @carlrscott

  9. carlrscott

    I also like Melanie’s Facebook page: Carl Scott

  10. carlrscott

    Finally, I tweeted a link to this blog post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/210251410506395648

    Thanks!

  11. debbie

    I always read the stand by stephen king every summer.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

    • stilettostorytime

      Debbie- Can you believe that I have never read “The Stand”? It’s one of those books that I keep meaning to read but I just never seem to get around to it. Maybe I will finally make it happen this summer!

  12. Bridget O'Neill

    There are two books I can’t wait to read this summer: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, and The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner!

    • stilettostorytime

      Bridget- I too am patiently waiting for “The Next Best Thing”. I always love Jennifer Weiner’s books- they relax me. Great for light and easy summer reading!

  13. Bridget O'Neill

    I follow your blog by email: bjoneill@hotmail.com

  14. Bridget O'Neill

    I follow you on twitter: bridgetoneill1

  15. Great review! Curious about the relationship you are referencing but overall certainly sounds like an enjoyable read. Count me in! As for a MUST READ book, it depends on the genre you like of course….ONE of my picks would have to be A SUMMER IN EUROPE by Marilyn Brant. Think MY LIFE IN RUINS combined with UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and you get a small glimpse of it. ^_^

    +1 – GFC follower: GMR
    +1 – Twitter follower: GRgenius
    +1 – tweet tweet – https://twitter.com/GRgenius/status/210737706341376001

    Thanks for the chance and sharing your experience! Happy reading… ^_^

  16. I love anything by Jennifer Weiner–adored The Next Best Thing.

  17. I have a few romances for my summer vacation :)
    stacybooks at yahoo

  18. I’ve heard great things about this book!! I love Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin for great summer reads. Elen Hilderbrand too

  19. Jessica T.

    I always read Perfect and Paradise by Judith McNaught every summer. They are my two stand by easy reads!

  20. This book looks really good. I liked her page on facebook. I am also a follower of the blog.

  21. I always love Harry Potter…. also, I love a good Stephen King by the pool!

    +1 twitter follower

  22. Bethie

    One of my favorite summer reads is The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand.

  23. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to everyone who entered this great giveaway that was simply perfect for summer reading! Our lucky winners are Monja Blue and Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! Congrats to both and good luck to everyone on the next go round!

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