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A Windy Weekend & Hidden: Book Review
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Well hey there!

I hope you all had a good weekend – I certainly did! This weekend was the Junior League of Chicago’s Windy City Nights Gala, which was held at the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower! I was half excited about the event because I wanted to go up there and see the view, and half (okay, more than half) because I got to hang out with some of my new friends again!

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The whole evening turned out to be a lot of fun, and I finally got to wear my red dress from prom again! What’s not to love about that?

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Sunday also included a quick visit to Molly, who I hadn’t seen in ages! She started whimpering when I arrived, so I think she missed me. I should probably visit more often, I think she wishes I were unemployed forever…

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And now I have another book review for you! I mentioned that I was reading this book in my Currently post last week and that I was unsure of whether or not I liked it. Well, I finished it on Friday and wanted to let you all know what I thought!

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Hidden, by Catherine McKenzie, is a story that focuses on three main characters: Jeff Manning, his wife, Claire, and his coworker, Tish. Jeff dies just as the story is opening, but the narration in the chapters switches between Claire and Tish in the present, as well as Jeff and Tish leading up to Jeff’s death. The story focuses on the many relationships between Jeff and Claire, Jeff and Tish as well as Claire and Jeff’s estranged brother, who was also her college boyfriend.

Through each of their narrations, the author slowly unveils how all of these relationships began, evolved and ended, while demonstrating the balance between staying faithful to the people we love and following desire and natural instinct.

What I enjoyed about the story is that it definitely kept me guessing. Although for parts of the novel I could see where the story was going, other times the characters surprised me with unexpected twists, which kept the story a little mysterious and intriguing.

I do have to say, however, that I didn’t love this novel. I think part of that comes from my own issues with not understanding and disliking the concept of adultery. Although it’s a very real and common aspect of human kind, I think the subject matter just let me disliking some of the characters as well as the plot, which of course makes the book less enjoyable. On the other hand, that’s what’s good about this book: it’s real and it’s honest.

 

Do you enjoy reading books about tough subjects?

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