All You Could Ask for
published by Harper Collins
I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.
Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined…
Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.
Samantha’s newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband’s computer. She has been married for two days. She won’t be for much longer.
Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another. (from Goodreads)
It wasn’t until after I finished this book that I found out it was written by one of the co-hosts of ESPN’s Mike & Mike, though I knew the author was male. The story introduces us to three women at different points in their lives. Brooke is the wealthy SAHM living a charmed life in Greenwich, Conn., with her adorable twins and handsome hubby. Samantha, a newlywed on her honeymoon, discovers a terrible secret that jeopardizes her two day old marriage. Katherine is a successful business woman in New York, who realizes on her 40th birthday that her career is the only thing she has, and runs away for a much needed break to Aspen. In the second part of the book, all three have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each reacts to this in very different ways, though through a breast cancer forum, they become friends and support reach other.
Honestly, I enjoyed this book. It was well written and a fast read. Greenberg decided to write this book in memory of a close friend of his and his wife, who died of the disease. At the funeral, he found that his friend Heidi had “developed these incredibly intense relationships with a group of women from a cancer support website, women she called her ‘breast friends’.” All proceeds from the book go to a fund called “he id’s Angels”, which I think is amazing. Congratulations Mr. Greenberg!
I would recommend this book. Though there were small faults-the women were a bit too perfect, especially Brooke ( really? whenever hubby wants it, you give it to him?)- which made it a bit unrealistic. Also, parts of their diagnosis and treatments weren’t really delved into. The focus was more on the support they could give each other. Other than those small things, it was a great story and you should read it!
4 out of 5
Photo by Pamela Einarsen
Mike Greenberg is cohost of ESPN’s Mike & Mike and the author of two previous New York Times bestsellers. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He lives with his wife, Stacy, and their two children in Connecticut. In conjunction with the release of this book, Mike and Stacy have created a foundation called Heidi’s Angels, through which all of the author’s profits from the sale of this book will be donated to The V Foundation for Cancer Research to combat breast cancer.
- All You Could Ask For (bookaliciousmama.com)
This sounds like something I would like. I am always writing in male voices, and I’d be really interested to read a man who can write a good female voice. Thanks for this recommendation.
I’m so glad to see your review of this book — and to see that you liked it! I remember hearing about the backstory of the author and why he wrote this last year, but then never looked it up or wrote down the name. So, thanks! Adding to my Goodreads list right now!
I really enjoyed this book. After reading this and the new Mitch Albom book, I realized that male sportscasters are actually pretty good writers. Who knew?
I am glad you enjoyed it-so did I.