It’s New Year’s Eve and Iris has just found out that her husband, Adam, is cheating on her. Furious, she kicks him out and enlists her dad to move in and help with the children whilst she struggles to mend her broken heart.
As she juggles work and family life, Iris realises that Adam wasn’t the only one taking their marriage for granted. Against the advice of her friends, she decided to set some ground rules and a deadline of one year to save their marriage. But when she scratches the surface, is it actually worth saving?
Firstly huge thanks to Alex at Orion Books for sending me a copy of this book and inviting me to be involved in the blog tour celebrating publication.
For Iris, New Year starts with a bang, the explosion of her relationship as she discovers her husband has been having an affair, but what to do next. He says he is sorry, he says it is over but what now?
For Alex, life feels hard enough, a pressured job, 2 children, grieving the loss of her mother and a husband who has failed to step up, but can they overcome this, can they make it work or not? After the initial shock they agree to give their relationship a year, long enough to ascertain whether it can be fixed or if it is broken beyond repair.
Embarking on couples councelling they both learn more than they expected about themselves as they are forced to reflect on their relationship.
This was an engaging read with 2 likeable central characters. Told in the first person voice of Iris we accompanhy her on her year long journey of discovery. We witness her competing demands and struggles, we hear her friends opionions and through the use of transcripts interspersed throughout the book, we learn what is discussed in therapy.
Along with Iris I felt unsure, should she forgive or is infidelity something that can’t be overcome? How can she trust him again? In this book, for Iris life very much continues so she is forced to focus on her relationship while juggling everything else, thorugh therapy she is then encouraged to reflect and possibly change how she does things and for me this was key to the story and indeed how we think about relationships, the constant moving forward, rather than the going back to what was before.
The book read as an authentic account of a marriage in trouble and the author well captured all the emotions arising out of this. The story was well written, with lots going on which reflected Iris’s own busy life. This was a relatively light read while tackling a number of serious issues and themes, many of which will resonate with lots of women who constantly juggle while failing to seek help from the partner they choose to share their life with.
A story of healing and discovery, moving forward and learning to share the load that life throws at us. Choices and decisions, to forgive an affair or not and how to move on. A highly readable piece of contemporary fiction which I enjoyed a lot and would highly recommend for fans of this genre.
About the Author
Helen Whitaker is a 40-year-old, journalist and mum-of-one living in Walthamstow. Se is the former Entertainment Director of Glamour, and has written for a number of publications including Stella, The Telegraph, Fabulous and Total Film. Helen is currently Deputy Editor at British Airways High Life magazine, and author of her debut novel The School Run.
Thanks again to Alex at Orion Books for organising this blogtour celebrating publication of I Give it A Year, and inviting me to be involved. Other great bloggers are also talking about this book. Check them out here.