Book Review – The Actor and the Housewife (ARC)

The Actor and the HousewifeThe Actor and the Housewife, A Novel
Written By: Shannon Hale
(New York Times Bestselling Author)
Published By: Bloomsbury USA, 2009, First US Edition, 352 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-1596912885
(Available NOW!)

The Actor and the Housewife is an entertaining romantic drama with depth, emotion and humour; I couldn’t put it down!”

Product Description – From
“A very different kind of fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale.
What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…
Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.”

The Actor and the Housewife had me from page one! I read this wonderful book in one sitting; it’s just that good! This smoothly-flowing story is about the quirky and confident Becky Jack and the sexy-as-hell Felix Callahan. Becky has always secretly had a crush on the Superstar Hunk and she is shocked and awed when he shows genuine interest in her, despite the fact that she is a happily married woman with several children. Once Becky and Felix meet, their lives become entwined and their hearts get tangled up in a mess of insecurities and confusing desires. This isn’t a soap opera-type story full of vulgarities and sex; it is actually very genuine and in-depth; a very human story about choices, desire, love and devotion to family. As the story progressed, I was pleasantly surprised when at several points throughout, I was brought to tears with the poignancy of the moment; a real roller coaster of emotion and feeling. One negative was my disappointment at the ending; I can’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the story, but let me just say that it was rather abrupt, felt forced and for me, was anti-climactic. Still in all, it was a good book because it made me smile, laugh and cry.
I recommend this book.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (7 out of 10 Diamonds) – I really enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Penguin Canada for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


7 thoughts on “Book Review – The Actor and the Housewife (ARC)

  1. Looks good to me! Sexy-as-hell heroes are always welcome reading for me :)

  2. Hi Kathy,

    I’m happy to hear it; I know how you feel. It’s a real testament to skilful writing when we are pulled this way and that by the emotional story. I’m not very keen on bad endings either, though others might like this ending where as I did not.
    Thanks! I’m glad you liked it! :)

  3. I adore Shannon Hale and can’t wait to find the time to read this book (if only there were a few more hours in a day)!!

  4. Pingback: New Mormon Books » Blog Archive » News & Reviews: Hale’s The Author and the Housewife

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