The Accidental Husband – Jane Green


This is the first time that I had the opportunity to read one of Jane’s books and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Jane Green is the author of fourteen New York Times Best-selling novels and known for dealing with real women and all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.

In this story she keeps you captivated with her honest writing style about Maggie and Sylvie who are perfect strangers. They are two very different women, living very different lives on opposite coasts, but they share more in common than they could ever imagine.

Both women have beautiful children on the verge of flying the nest, the home they worked hard to build and always longed for, and a handsome and devoted husband they can’t believe belongs to them. Both women think their lives are seamlessly secure, but they couldn’t be more wrong . For each is about to discover a secret that will shake their world to the very core, throwing into doubt everything they ever thought they knew, and bringing Maggie and Sylvie together in the most unexpected way.

Early on you can guess what the deep dark secret is, but yet you don’t want it to be true. You want them to live in this fairy tale and never be exposed to life’s hurt and pain. As the book moves on to the point of sharing the huge secret, you realise that the story is only just beginning. It is at this point that both women have the opportunity to start shaping their lives as they were intended to be and not necessarily as they thought they should be.

In The accidental husband, there are many themes revolving around relationships and as a woman you will be able to identify with more than one aspect of this book. You’ll be exposed to mother child relationships, from dealing with a teenager who is on a destructive course to dealing with a mother who never sees you as good enough and you are also reminded about the important role that true friends play in your life. Jane writes about different marriages situations and the variety of issues that we all have to deal with in our marriages and it makes you think how you would handle these situations. She raises the question in your heart as to whether you are fully appreciating what you have and whether you are truly seeing it for what it is or if you are living blindfolded, pretending everything is perfect, while it’s actually crumbling down around you?

As I mentioned earlier Jane has a very realistic way of writing this story, so there is no sugar-coating or hinting at things that happen. She describes it all as it is, from love scenes between husband and wife to bored, rich teenagers experimenting as only they can. You are also exposed to how society behaves and expects you to behave in the different circles that these women find themselves in. Although I wouldn’t say that it has scenes written with the intend to shock you, it can’t be classified as a wholesome read either, so be aware of that before going out to get it.

All in all it is an interesting story of two very different women and their lives before they are forced to be real about who they are and the lies that they believed as well as the recovery process afterwards that helps them to grow into the women they were intended to be.

If you would like more info about Jane Green, you can follow the link to her website. Also just to point out that the UK edition of this book is called The Accidental Husband, but the American version is Family Pictures. So don’t get confused if they both pop up in your search, as they are essentially the same thing.

The big lesson that I took from the book is that you are never too old to start changing for the better. Appreciate what you have, but always strive to improve who you are.