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THE MARRIAGE DIARIES
REBECCA CAMPBELL
ISBN# 0-345-48588-2
September 26, 2006
Ballantine Books
1745 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Paperback
$12.95 U.S./$16.95 Canada
271 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Celeste wants a career and her own identity. Her high-paying job as a top clothing buyer with the London’s fashion industry leaves her with less time with her baby, Harry, and husband Sean. Granted, their marriage has never really been on solid foundation, so to speak, and now that she is concentrating more on her work, Sean has become the househusband. It is an arrangement she realizes will be put them through the test.

Sean loves Celeste, but when he becomes a stay-at-home husband, he finds the job quite demanding when it comes to young Harry. Of course the hour Harry does bed down for his nap; Sean does have some free time for himself. But when the eccentric writer begins to keep a journal on his growing attraction for Uma Thursday, a single mom from Harry’s playgroup, the juicy tidbits begin to play a different role in his marriage.

Sean has a busy day being a dad and husband at home. He has finally mastered the art of changing diapers, and when young Harry finally turns in for his naps, he feels he can find a little solace time. He is still amazed how the child can give him a hard time, yet when Celeste comes in from work, the last hour she spends with him, he is a complete angel. After he meets Uma, he begins to keep little tabs in a journal about being a househusband. Celeste may be career-driven, but when she stumbles upon Sean’s little entries, she cannot believe that her husband could possibly be thinking about straying. Surely it is lust and nothing else, but she will not take it all lying down. Putting her own thinking cap on, she decides to turn the cards and create her own scheme, but the question is, will either of them really act upon their thoughts, or just play a game of wits against the other? Both have had lack of sex with her working arrangement. While he keeps his diary, and she keeps hers, they both have wandering eyes, but is their marriage solid enough to not go astray?

The Marriage Diaries is one entertaining read. Granted, it carries some sexually explicit moments, at times, with some amusing situations, but the story brings on some outstanding events with marital problems and some unfaithfulness. Celeste is spirited and a woman who thinks highly of her career. Sean just wants some attention. Ms. Campbell tells a believable story that happens to most couples in life, when the wife is career-driven as much as the husband, and the husband must sometimes be the role model as the stay-at-home dad. She depicts some candid circumstances that stand out and provides some refreshing experiences that make the story a wonderful read. And Harry, well, he makes the story a bit more realistic and thoroughly enjoyable.

Cherokee
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