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Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Heart of the Matter is told from alternating viewpoints of two different women. Tessa is married to Nick, a successful pediatric surgeon. She has stepped away from her career to stay home with her two children, and finds it not to be as enjoyable as she thought it would be. Valerie is a self-made woman and single mother, but feels like she doesn't measure up to the other successful suburban families. When Valerie's son, Charlie, falls into a campfire and suffers serious burns, it is Nick who is his surgeon. Valerie and Nick spend increasing amounts of time together as Charlie recovers and goes through therapy. Valerie falls for Nick, even though he's a married man. Tessa worries that her decision to stay home is pushing Nick away. Emily Giffin's novel has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "Was Nick drawn to Valerie (and her injured son) because of a savior complex? Did Tessa immerse herself in 'perfect Mom' activities instead of being a good marital partner? Did Valerie want too much by coveting another woman's husband? There are no easy answers here, in a novel that is consistently engrossing right to the surprising finish."
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