Last week I was blog hopping and came across an interesting review of Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas. The post, positive in nature, largely reflected my own reaction to the story. It wasn’t until I began reading through the comment section that I realized a plot point was holding back several potential readers from even purchasing the book. It shocked me because normally it would have also stopped me dead in my tracks. Within this story a young newly married couple agree to a platonic relationship for the first eight years of their marriage. Since they are virtual strangers, they both have reasons for not wanting to jump into an intimate relationship without the benefit of an established friendship. Their pact includes an understanding that the husband will likely seek sexual fulfillment outside the marriage while the heroine will remain chaste (by choice).
Infidelity. Awful, right? As a reader I would definitely be tempted to judge this story by the back cover blurb (or by the reviewer synopsis). After all that’s one of the most common ways to determine if a book will be worth your time and money. In this case I would have missed out on a book that turned out to be an emotionally powerful, highly satisfying read.
I started thinking about other books that I might have automatically passed over because of the potential ‘ick’ or ‘odd’ factor. Ironically several of the books I came up with landed on my keeper shelf:
- Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (heroine gets involved with her best friend’s fiancée)
- Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins (heroine falls in love with her former brother-in-law)
- According to Jane by Marilyn Brant (heroine spends much of the book conversing with Jane Austen in her mind)
Has this happened to you? Are there books that you took a leap of faith with that really paid off in the end?