Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
No marriage is perfect.
Josh and Anna Montgomery are trying to have a baby. Well, Anna is. Josh is making the minimum contribution necessary, and it’s ruining their relationship.
Gabe Hawkins is trying to survive the wild ride that is life with his wife, Claire. It’s passionate everywhere but in their bedroom.
For these four friends, the difficulties of their marriages are camouflaged by hazy happy hours, extravagant vacations, picturesque weddings, and sleeping in. The possibilities of their youth are wilting in the light of their waning twenties, and on one fateful night, four friends become two. Survivors become lovers. Truths are told, and nothing seems like forever anymore.
Eliza Freed has this way of making the reality of her characters become so compelling that you don’t just read her book, you live it. Her words breathe life into and awaken a sense of connection in the reader that goes beyond the ordinary. The mundane becomes interesting and the minutiae infinitely more important.
After reading Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire, I was left with a feeling of contemplative contentment that came from the depth of emotion and existential exploration which Anna in particular goes through during the events which transpire in the novel. She doesn’t seem very strong at first but the more she opens up and admits what she thinks, feels and has been through, the more you realize how resilient she truly is.
If you enjoy romance for mature readers that goes beyond buying flowers and stalking each other online, that explores the soul searching that many people go through but rarely discuss frankly, then you’ll like Freed’s latest offering. As usual I am completely smitten and would absolutely recommend this to all my followers who are fans of contemporary fiction.
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.