Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | Heartbreak, love, and hope

August 9, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 12 Comments

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Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | Heartbreak, love, and hopeResults May Vary
by Bethany Chase
Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: August 9th 2016 by Ballantine Books
Format: Paperback
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can't get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband's other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story's ending will mean forgiving the man she's loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart's ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Caroline and Adam have lived a happy married life. Everything is going great, until it’s not. Caroline finds out that her husband is having an affair with a man. This completely shakes her to the core. She feels like she doesn’t know the guy she married. She’s very conflicted on making the marriage work or moving on.

Caroline has been in a relationship since she was 17-years-old to the same guy. She was never able to mature on her own and focus on herself. Even though she’s very heartbroken over the affair, she takes this is an opportunity to learn about herself. I was worried that Caroline would be portrayed as a weak woman, but she wasn’t at all! The strength that Caroline possesses made me cheer for her so much. She was beyond sad, which is very understandable, but she didn’t let this bring her down. She tries to make her marriage work, but when she finds out even more shattering secrets that Adam had kept from her, she realizes her marriage can’t be saved.  Does she stay in her house to cry? Not at all! She moves on with the help of her sister and her best friend.

I couldn’t like Adam. His words would be so perfect. He would be a full on romantic, but I couldn’t swallow it. It was almost as if he was trying way too hard, and he kind of was. I didn’t like how he treated Caroline. He was kind of manipulative, but it was hard to notice when everything he would say would be “nice”. Also, he would believe that Caroline owed him to try to fix their marriage. This got a rise out of me like you wouldn’t believe. I was so glad that Caroline made the decision to move on from him, and find love for herself. 

Caroline’s relationship with her sister is one that I absolutely adored. Ruby and Caroline are so loyal to each other, despite the age difference. I loved how present Ruby was in the story and how she was there for Caroline through everything. Their love was so palpable. They weren’t just sisters; they were best friends.

The author did a beautiful job in wrapping up this story. I wasn’t sure in which direction the author would take Caroline’s story, but the blinders fell somewhere along the way and I was able to enjoy it!

Results May Vary by Bethany Chase takes us on an emotional journey of a woman finding herself. It’s a story filled with heartbreak, a beautiful sister bond, and ultimately finding love and having hope amidst adversity.

About Bethany Chase

A native of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, Bethany Chase headed to Williams College for an English degree and somehow wound up an interior designer. The craftsmanship and creativity that surround her in the design world are a continual inspiration for her novels, which included USA Today bestseller The One That Got Away. She lives with her lovely husband and occasionally psychotic cat in Brooklyn.

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HAVE YOU READ BETHANY CHASE’S DEBUT NOVEL? WILL YOU BE READING THIS AMAZING NOVEL?
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  • I’m really glad to hear you liked this one, Gen. I feel so bad for the main character already. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it is to find out something like that. Good for her for not staying with him though! The siblings relationship sounds right up my alley too.
    I’m excited to read this now!
    Great review!

    • The husband did so much more than what the description tells you so her heart ache is even stronger. It’s why I admire her so much. And despite everything, she was so mature about it all.

  • I loved this one so much!!! I agree the sister relationship was one of my favorite parts. I thought it was done so well. Great review!!

  • Oh man, my heart hurts for Caroline. I need this book in my life when I’m ready to get my ugly cry on. Thanks for the review!

  • Eva

    I just bought this author’s debut and I can’t wait to read it and this one! That cover, too! But on to your review — this one sounds so emotional but so great!!

  • This sounds like a wonderful book with a great message. I love that there’s a strong sisterly bond and that Caroline learns and grows from the situation.

  • CAN I JUST SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUR BLOG?? It’s sooooo cute! And I’m pretty sure you loce coffee just as much as I do! ♡♡ OH! And yes, I’m super glad that after all the main character went through that she didn’t turn all weak and stuff because I just can’t handle that. 😉