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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin is the July Pick for the SheKnows Book Club!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

At thirty-six, Marian Caldwell has the life she has always dreamed of. After paying her dues as the lowly production assistant on a variety of shows, she is now the creator and producer of a quirky show with a great fan following. Her life in New York City is completed by a posh penthouse apartment and a handsome boyfriend, Peter, who is also the head of the network – and her boss.

Marian appears content and satisfied, and is ready to make the next step with Peter. But her subtle – and not so subtle – mentions of marriage and children seem to fall on deaf ears. Peter is fresh from a failed marriage and already has a teenage son, and is not sure if he’s ready to go down that road again – if ever. And Marian has a nagging secret of her own that she has carried around for eighteen years – a secret she only shared with her mother. When she comes home to find that secret on her doorstep – in the form of an eighteen-year-old Kirby Rose – she realizes just how easily it can unravel the life she’s worked so hard to perfect.

Kirby’s appearance makes Marian question the choices she made that fateful summer and in the eighteen years since, and what she has accomplished by being deceitful to those she loved the most. And in the process of unraveling the web of lies, Marian finds that she can not only finally be honest with others, but can also be honest and truthful with herself.

If Emily Giffin has a new book out, I will definitely read it, and I read Where We Belong in one big gulp. It’s tough to describe what I loved about the various characters without divulging too much about the book, but it was great to see them grow in spite and because of each other. Giffin’s books are not about huge mysteries or over-the-top drama, but her realistic characters and “that could be my life” story lines hit home every time.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Also by Emily Giffin: Heart of the Matter Something Borrowed

Listen to an excerpt from the audio book here

This book was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.