Monday, February 9, 2015

My Father's Wives
by Mike Greenberg

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father.

Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son’s life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, now dead, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after Jonathan’s mother.

Jonathan hasn’t thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. Dedicated to Claire and his family, he’s nothing like his serial monogamist father. But then Jonathan discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought. Hurt and uncertain what to do, he knows that the only way to move forward is to go back.

On this quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage—Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island—and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.
 



Kritters Thoughts:  Jonathan Sweetwater is a successful businessman and has what seems like the perfect life - pretty wife, two kids and the good job.  Until one day.  This day sends him on a journey to figure out his dad and where he really came from.  

Having a dad who is both famous and has had quite a few wives must be interesting, especially for a male.  I enjoyed that he went on this journey to start at the beginning and go through the wives (even some that he had never met) to find out more about this father that has deceased.  His father left when he was nine and hasn't been in his life since so this is definitely a journey to find out the man that his father became after he left his mother.  I loved that each visit with each wife was brief but very impactful and that he learned about both the wives and the man his father was with each of them.

I am a fan of Mike Greenberg and the way he writes characters.  Their journeys and things they need to find to better themselves are just good.  The last novel was from a woman's point of view and was fantastic - but I loved hearing him write a man's voice.  

This is my second Mike Greenberg and I am officially a fan and will read anything he writes!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from William Morrow.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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