Suzy’s Approved Book Tours presents yet another fantastic read, and today I am reviewing The Language of Divorce by Leanne Treese, her debut novel that published September 10, 2019.
About the book:
Hannah and Will Abbott define the American dream: two kids, a home in the suburbs, and a seemingly perfect marriage. But discontent lurks under the surface of their outwardly happy lives as each Hannah and Will suspect the other of infidelity. When they independently consult divorce attorneys, the conflict escalates and Hannah flees with the children against a court order. This snap decision starts a social media firestorm and, suddenly, the Abbott divorce is big news.
With family stress and legal fees rising, Will and Hannah accept an invitation to appear on a reality television show for divorcing couples. During filming on the beautiful island of St. John, the Abbotts must decide once and for all: can their love survive their past?
The Language of Divorce. Oh my. Where to start, where oh were to start. I sit here with a page full of notes and my head down, not quite sure how to put all of this together, not sure how to word things and make it all come together without spoiling any of this book for you. My only option is to dive right in, to be honest, and to be myself.
I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that by page 12 I knew that no matter what this book said I already knew I loved Leanne Treese. Leanne referenced my hometown, my cherished Steelers and the ever famous Primanti Brothers sandwiches that are so treasured by myself and any Pittsburgh resident. She made me homesick, tear up, and smile the largest grin of hometown loyalty I probably have ever had since moving to northern Jersey. I truly had to take a few seconds and message her to tell her how emotional I already was and I had only made it to page 12 of the book. Now it’s important to tell you that this book is not about football, and if you are a sports fan, and are not a fan of my favorite team, please do not worry, you can still continue to read this book. There is no further reference, and you will not be put off in any way about talk of a team that may turn you off. Just know that this minor shout out meant the world to me. And YES, we do eat fries and Cole Slaw on the sandwich, it is real, and it is pure HEAVEN. (I can tell you all about it at another time……. oh and in Pittsburgh we pretty much put fries on everything). So just, thank you for that Leanne, thank you for a little piece of home.
Alright now lets talk about this debut. Unless you are somehow in a cave somewhere and have not had any type of interaction with anyone, there is some part of this book that you can completely relate to. This book ultimately is a story about how communication in any relationship is key. Hannah and Will start out just like any one of us, and it’s a lovely story. What it reveals is what really goes on in the minds of most people during every day hardships and misunderstandings, and how a little dishonesty or simple omission can cause such an avalanche of turmoil in a marriage. The truth is, you never really know what’s going on in another persons mind and what they are thinking or what they assume. You have two people here who have always really loved each other and love their children, but have slowly stopped doing the one thing that is the most important…..communicating with each other. What ensues is an unnecessary gut wrenching, heartbreaking, hard to watch breakdown of a relationship that would make any person want to just scream.
These characters are so real, they are you, me, the people next door and the people sitting next to us on the bus. Each and every one of us has felt the same way both Will and Hannah have felt, the same way their lawyers have felt, and may have probably experienced some of the emotions their children have felt. The description and dialogue used here is so genuine and real that it’s hard to believe that Leanne Treese is a debut author. There are times I had a love – hate relationship with these characters, they made me feel so many different emotions, yet I had no way to contact them and let them know what exactly they were doing wrong. There is a lot of information packed into this book. Make sure when you pick it up you make yourself comfortable and do not have plans to do anything or go anywhere for the next few hours. This is an excellent drama, it reads like you’re watching an episode of This Is Us. You won’t want to put it down. Oh and one last thing, that very last paragraph, that last sentence, spot on Leanne, best closure ever, BRAVO!
I give this a solid 4.5 stars. I will be talking about this one for a long time and highly recommend.
I just would like to thank Leanne Treese, Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours and (#partner) Filled Vertes Publishing for the copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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About the Author
Leanne lives in New Jersey with her husband of twenty-five years and their three wonderful children. When Leanne is not cheering her kids on in their activities, she can be found running, watching 76ers basketball games, and spoiling her two beloved dogs. Favorite locations include the Jersey shore, Martha’s Vineyard, and any place that sells books or coffee, preferably both. A passionate student, Leanne’s dream life would include going back to college and majoring in everything.
Leanne is a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law. She is a former attorney who is now lucky enough to write full-time! The Language of Divorce is her debut novel.
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