First to Read: Results May Vary

Results May Vary by Bethany Chase


ebook, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 by Ballantine Books

Book Teaser

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.

My Review (Spoiler Free)

I wanted to select a book that perhaps wasn’t the kind I would normally read. I was initially attracted to the title of the book, and my curiosity got the best of me. The book was flowed naturally (good pacing) and kept my attention from the well-dressed personalities of the characters to the charming backdrop of New York and Massachusetts. Sadly, they are two states I have not been to, but I feel through the writer’s canonrous wording that I was meandering between both places like I had been there before. I feel the dialogue between characters was natural and stayed true throughout the novel. It was not difficult to relate to any one character. Though the novel does not achieve a deepness like that of more venerable works such by John Steinbeck or Alice Walker, it makes up for it’s logical arrangement and entertaining narration. To simplify and reiterate – events make sense and the actions of each character, again, are natural. It is a slice-of-life novel that explores ideas in common but appealing vernacular. It is a familiar tale that we can relate to and it draws us in.

This book is definitely a good take to the beach novel or if you want a quick, nice read, perfect for completing over a weekend.


I was not paid to read this book. I participated in the Penguin First to Read program and was chosen to be one of the first to read and review this book.


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