I’ve always wondered what happens to people who find their lives turned upside down after an unfortunate lack of judgment that lands them as the focal point of all the news, so I was attracted to this novel because of its description and because I enjoyed the author’s previous novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern, unfortunately, becomes involved in an affair with the married Congressman she works for who is an old family friend. When the affair is revealed, The Congressman manages to come out of the scandal unscathed and captures re-election. Meanwhile, Aviva who is scorned discovers she is pregnant. Because everyone knows of the affair she finds it impossible to find a job, so she takes the drastic measure to change her name and start her life over in Maine as an event planner. It was interesting exploring the different standards that are applied to women rather than men, how the mistake affects the family and the Congressman’s wife, and the process of recovering from a past mistake.
Thank you to Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book for my honest review.