Other People's Marriages: A gripping and emotional family drama

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As I stood at my own birthday party, listening to my husband’s speech about me, I could no longer silence the thought that had started as a low-level hum five years ago and built until I could no longer ignore it… did I want to leave him?

Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…

After the party, as Steph tries to gather her courage to leave Mal, she receives a letter from her old friend Evie. Steph hasn’t spoken to Evie since a sunny weekend on a holiday beach twenty years earlier, when the two friends said things to each other that could never be unsaid. And now, Evie is seeking a reunion and a way to repair the friendship. But this reunion threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy two families.

Other People’s Marriages is an absolutely unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the lies we tell to keep our loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

Readers are loving Other People’s Marriages:

A book I absolutely raced through, needing to know how it would all end! I tried to slow down because the story itself was fantastic… I'm sure this will be a favorite beach read of 2021!!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I had a few books on my list to read before this one but yesterday I thought I’d take a quick peek. Well, hours later and I’d devoured the whole thing! Fabulous family drama… will tear at your heart. I was so engrossed… I was not aware until the story ended. The writing is exquisite. It feels like you are living in the book. Such a great story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Great!... So engaging, wonderful, entertaining, thought-provoking, and will leave readers feeling emotional… lovedHad an awesome time reading this!’ Goodreads reviewer

Phenomenal blew my expectations out of the water.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

I really enjoyed it!a fantastic tale… Kerry Fisher's storytelling is just so good it totally resonated with me.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I love Kerry Fisher's books but this one has jumped to be my new favourite.’ BookBucket

A wonderful novel!!… A really good read’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

I want these women as my friends!!!… I really enjoyed this… a compelling read.’ Goodreads reviewer

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12 reviews
Suzi Makowski
July 16, 2021
“Other People’s Marriages” opens with Steph’s 60th birthday, an occasion where she finds herself musing over the state of her life, her dull marriage, and her friendships. Although Steph, Teresa, and Evie are as different as can be when they meet as young mothers in 1980, the three women forge a strong friendship. The story alternates between present day and past instances that highlight the ups and downs of their relationships and the evolution of the women themselves. Although this novel is ostensibly about marriage and how you never truly know the innermost workings of someone else’s relationship, the decades-spanning friendship is the star of the story. It’s a treat to see women’s friendship so beautifully written. Kerry Fisher is very skillful at characterization, and “Other People’s Marriages” is no exception. The three women feel real and relatable, and you’ll wish you could be friends with them too. You’ll feel drawn to Steph’s free spirit just as much as Teresa and Evie were back in 1985. I really enjoyed this book, which shares plenty of life lessons on life, love, and forgiveness. It’s a compelling read that packs an emotional punch.
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DJ Sakata
July 19, 2021
Kerry Fisher's latest offering was brilliantly insightful and so perceptive that the characters’ realizations and inner musings often stung as she was poking at some of my own failings and secret resentments that seemed to be fighting their way to the surface and had me nodding in emphatically agreement during perusal. This wily scribbler bravely dug deep and rooted around among the secret longings, self-doubts, and resentful sacrifices of marriage and motherhood with surgical precision and cunning, while maintaining a perfect balance of painful awareness and craftily amusing and snarky observations. She also held a bright light on those thoughts and impressions we women tend to keep privately stashed away and don’t dare speak of for fear of being banned from the sisterhood and flogged in the public square. What guile! The storylines and family issues were varied yet highly relatable with narratives that flowed smoothly and sucked me in with cleverly astute and wry wit along with a keenly discerning eye and brutal honesty for warts and all disclosures of the nitty-gritty as well as the damage of long-held secrets. She had my rapt attention and I loved her deeply flawed characters as they were so real to me I could hear them breathing. I bonded and identified the most with the bombastic and colorful Steph, as gasp, I saw far too much of myself under her skin. So much so, I had to wonder if Ms. Fisher was actually someone who knows me all too well and using a pen name. Perish the thought!
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ReadAlongWithSue Ward
July 16, 2021
Kerry Fisher knows how to tell a story, not only that, how to make it real. I’m in my 60’s so it was great to meet ladies my age in life. Life isn’t always a bunch of roses. And these women who have been long term friends have had problems of their own. Married to men that they weren’t fully happy with. Showing that relationships can break down at any age, it’s not just the young. Friendship also can break down, but can the ties ever completely be severed? Other People’s Marriages. We can be disillusioned that others marriages are much better than your own can’t we, and even those with “perfect” soulmates there are flaws. But some flaws are wearable in some marriages and some can break one. Finding out secrets of your spouse is another. I loved this in the book as we get older we make different choices, simply because we know more. I wanted to believe they were wiser choices, but, sometimes I thought they were just different , not better, just from a long-lived perspective Life is tough, folk let you down in life, whether that’s on purpose or accident, but, at the end of the day….joy is there. A lovely book. A lovely story. People who have your back don’t always make the right decisions, or maybe knowledge is lacking. I loved this book.
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