By Susan Kietzman
Kensington BooksFebruary 2014

Trade Paperback336 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780758281340
Subject: Marriage / Relationships / Personal Challenges

  1. Within minutes of seeing Karen for the first time, Bob knows he is going to marry her. What is the difference between love at first sight and lust?
  2. Bob is the youngest child in his family, and Karen is the oldest of her siblings. How does their birth order affect them as children and as adults?
  3. If Karen and Bob have “a completely honest relationship, one that friends described as extraordinary,” why is she attracted to Ray McNamara? What is it about Ray that continues to haunt Karen long into her married life?
  4. Bob loves Rascals, the downtown bar that caters to young professionals, almost as much as his coworker Billy Townsend does. What is Bob attracted to? How does Rascals define his friendship with Billy?
  5. Bob talks Karen into getting pregnant before she is ready, presumably because he wants children. Why does he spend so little time with Rebecca and Robert? Is this a conscious decision?
  6. Karen has a meaningful, genuine friendship with Sarah Keyworth, and a more superficial, convenient friendship with her tennis buddies. Explain how these relationships shape Karen’s views and attitudes.
  7. Is Karen a good mother? How do her conflicted views about motherhood affect her parenting abilities? How does her frustration with her situation cross over into her relationship with Bob? Would Karen and Bob’s relationship be different if they had chosen to not have children?
  8. What does Karen’s job at the local newspaper represent to her? Is her editor, Nick Fleming, a grown-up version of Ray McNamara?
  9. Bob’s global business trip presents him with opportunities that challenge his marital vows—yet he comes home resolved to be a better husband and father. What happens to his resolutions?
  10. What does Denise Levy represent to Bob? Do Bob and Karen ever feel guilty about their relationships with Denise and Nick?
  11. When Bob and Karen run into each other at Villa Cesare, their argument is short. Are they more sad than angry?
  12. At the end of the novel, Bob and Karen have lunch together. What happens—and does it signal a new beginning?