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Chris Harrison

The Perfect Letter

The longtime host of TV's “The Bachelor” explores the perils and rewards of risking it all for love in his first novel.

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Lisa Jewell

The Third Wife

When Maya Wolfe begins to get hateful e-mails, it’s like a window into the true feelings and opinions of her husband’s former wives and collective children. Her husband, Adrian, moves through life with a seamless view of life with Maya, believing all to be right with the collection of former and current Wolfe’s he keeps close at hand. He’s a firm believer in the idea that “divorce doesn’t have to be toxic if everyone involved is prepared to act like grown-ups.” But all is not right in Adrian’s world, a jarring fact he discovers too late. When a policeman shows up in the middle of the night to let him know Maya has been killed after lurching into the path of a bus—after a late night of drinking on the town alone—he is forced to look at his family with a critical eye. The policeman gets right to the crux of the issue: “Mrs. Wolfe wasn’t finding it difficult being in the middle of such a … complicated situation?” Poor, flighty Adrian. Totally in love with the idea of being in love. Insistent on ensuring none of his children or ex-wives feel the aftershocks of decisions he’s made … and look how that turns out. When Maya dies, he faces life alone for the first time in his adult life and does NOT like it. It must be tough to be the step-mother. And to be the step-mother who is constantly shut down by TWO former wives who are still part of the routine, and who maintain close relationships with their ex-husband. During their brief marriage, the two of them spent more time keeping everybody else happy than they did in building memories and new legacies of their own—a sad fact that isn’t lost on Adrian. But, again, too late. The circumstances surrounding Maya’s death are mysterious. Did she step in front of a bus? Did she trip? Was she pushed? Adrian would like to believe she was a happy, albeit stressed, thirty-three-year-old woman with a happy life. And Maya would have agreed. The two ex-wives liked her. The five children liked her. She had a great teaching job at a prestigious girls school. Adrian’s business was successful. Two years after her affair with Adrian, he and Maya were happily married. And then the e-mails starting coming. Hateful, spiteful notes designed to do the most damage to her confidence and happiness. And they worked. This family drama is more of a cautionary tale. While it’s certainly idyllic to reach the end of a marriage and still talk to one another, it’s also important to remember that your new spouse deserves to come first; to be the confidant; to be able to build new memories without always having to include past partners. Bad feelings can fester, and when left unguarded, can destroy all that they touch.

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