Hello bookworms! Happy Saturday. I am really excited today to be the tour stop for The Language of Divorce by Leanne Treese, which is hosted by the amazing Suzy from Suzy Approved Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers on tour here.
The Language of Divorce
Author: Leanne Treese
Publication Date: 10 September 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing
Hannah and Will Abbott define the American dream: two kids, a home in the suburbs, and a seemingly perfect marriage. But discontent lurks beneath the surface of their outwardly happy lives. Each Will and Hannah suspect the other of infidelity. When they independently consult divorce attorneys, the conflict escalates and Hannah flees with the children against a court order. Hannah’s 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 story unfolds through viewpoint of four characters: Will, the affable boy-next-door everyone loves; Hannah, the fastidious wife still in love with her husband; David, the tough-talking attorney with a heart of gold; and Rachel, the insecure novice lawyer infatuated with the Abbotts. Written with both humor and heart, The Language of Divorce is a captivating debut which will stay in readers’ hearts long after the final page.
I’ll be honest, when this book first came across my radar, I was definitely interested to see if the main characters went down in flames. I know that’s terrible to admit, but when it comes to the whole idea of reality television, that definitely seems to be the norm.
For the majority of this book, I found myself so frustrated with the two main characters Will and Hannah Abbott. Will and Hannah are the quintessential suburban married couple with their two kids and everyday life. The status quo is shaken up when Will finds a business card from a divorce attorney that Hannah visited. Will and Hannah are both aware that they have been in a rut for quite some time and neither one pretends that isn’t the case. However, rather than discuss the core problems in their marriage, Will goes on the defensive and realizes that he needs time to process the information as well as visit a divorce attorney as well.
The conflict between Will and Hannah climaxes quickly in this story due to a momentary lapse in judgment on Hannah’s behalf (again under the guise of miscommunication between her and Will) that lands Hannah in jail and Will the holder of a temporary restraining order. To put things in lamen’s terms…the sh*t hits the fan, and the plot really takes off from there.
This plot is told from multiple POVs. You have the perspectives from both Will and Hannah, which are pretty straight forward, but also reveal the complexity of their makeup. Additionally, we have POVs from the attorneys (including the paralegal) involved, and the baggage that their lives bring into Will and Hannah’s divorce.
I expected the whole reality television show to be at the forefront of the story, but the majority of the story doesn’t even focus on that. The reality show comes into play later when both Will and Hannah (and Will’s attorney David) realize that they need the money in order to continue with the divorce not to cheapen their situation or paint the other spouse in a negative light.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story because it highlights the dangers of not communicating in a relationship. The majority of Will and Hannah’s issues could have been avoided by actually having a conversation versus making assumptions, which is something that I strive for in my daily life. Like I said, for the majority of the book, I was frustrated and wished things went differently for the main characters especially since children were involved. However, the ending made the entire story worth it for me.
Thank you to Filles Vertes Publishing for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.