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Heart Of The Matter

by Emily Giffin

Large Print Press | March 29, 2011 | Trade Paperback | Large Print

Heart Of The Matter is rated 3.1739 out of 5 by 23.
A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.



Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.



This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.





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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 538 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Large Print Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594134510

ISBN - 13: 9781594134517

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great. I've read all the Emily Giffin books and enjoyed them all...but this one..depressing. Not a feel-good story at all.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointing I had high hopes of this book, but they quickly faded. The characters for the most part were not likable, or relate-able. I thought there would be some interesting way the womens lives came together, but no. If you want to read about cheaters and infidelity then read away...
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book! (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) ***SPOILERS ALERT!*** Emily Giffin sure knows how to write a novel. When I first started reading Heart of the Matter, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Part of me thought that Giffin strayed from the usual love story to something more serious as the story begins mainly with Charlie, a young boy who gets severe burns after a sleepover incident. But then we meet Nick, Charlie’s plastic surgeon, and sparks fly between him and Charlie’s mom, Valerie. Oh, but I should mention one thing – Nick is married with 2 children. Valerie and Nick start out as friends, innocently enough. Talk always begins with Charlie and his progress, but eventually the two are texting and phoning each other daily with sentiments such as “I miss you” and the like. One night they end up making love and Nick admits that he’s falling for Valerie. The crazy thing is that I actually found myself rooting for Valerie and Nick to be together as the story went on (even though, in my heart I knew that he would ultimately end up with Tessa). I don’t know if it was intentional on Giffin’s part, but I found Tessa, Nick’s wife, to be annoying and unlikable. Part of the higher society, Tessa was friends with those “desperate housewife” type of women – Romy, the mother of Grayson, who’s sleepover Charlie was attending when the accident happened, seemed so high and mighty and actually brought a bottle of wine as an “I’m sorry” gift to Valerie in the hospital; and April, who is constantly gossiping about everyone. However, this book didn’t turn out to be about love at all – well, at least it wasn’t right at the front burner. The novel turned out to be about forgiveness and forgiving just to forgive, not holding grudges, showing grace and courage when the time calls for it. What do you do when your son is burned at a party? Do you sue the parents who should have been watching the children in their care who are playing around the fire? Can you forgive the parents for what they’ve done? What do you do when your husband has an affair with a woman, not for sex, but for love – for wanting to be with her because it feels like it did in the beginning of your relationship? Can you forgive your husband? Can you forgive the woman? So many questions are brought up and the book turns out to be more serious than I had expected. Even though part of me still kind of wishes that Nick and Valerie ended up together, the story ended up being more about the women than the guy. After Nick admits to his wife that he had an affair and she orders him to get out of the house, we lose Nick entirely. The reader is then left to see how Valerie and Charlie cope with the loss (which is hard for Charlie since he doesn’t have a father – Nick was a father-figure to him), and to see how Tessa reacts to this news of the affair. While it ends well for all parties, the reader is left knowing that it’s not that simple – it’s not an “Oh, you cheated, but I still love you” kind of ending. It’s more of an “I know you cheated, and I may not be able to trust you again, but we can start over – we can work through this pain – it won’t be the same, but maybe we can make our life better” kind of ending. It’s leaving the reader wondering what does happen after the pages end – does Nick cheat again? Do him and Tessa realize that maybe they can’t make it work? Does Valerie manage to contact Lion, Charlie’s father? Are they able to move on? My only complaint about this book is that we never really get into Nick’s head. I loved seeing him interact with Charlie, though it’s sad when Charlie realizes that Nick may not be coming back in the end. When Nick met up with Valerie to break off the affair, he told her he loved her and will always love her. Even Tessa said that he loves this other woman, but can’t be with her. It just amazes me that he can say that he loves Valerie and then go home and beg his wife for forgiveness and tell Tessa how much he loves her. However, he did tell Valerie that he has a family to think about and he doesn’t want to ruin what he has with them. I don’t know what to think – I did really like Nick in this book, but I think I enjoyed the surgeon Nick, rather than the groveling, down-on-bended-knee Nick. Though, I do wonder if my dislike for Nick is because of Giffin’s writing or because he is the adulterer, the one who is cheating on someone in this novel. I’m sad that I devoured this book so quickly and now have to wait at least another year or so until Giffin releases her next effort. Though, I am happy to have found such a wonderful author who can have so many things going on in a novel – love, loss, pain, suffering, happiness, etc. – but still manages to get to the heart of the matter. That is, what really matters in life – having hope.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW!~ This book was definitly not like her other books, it was an interesting read, but I agree with some other posts that the end left me feeling like I wanted more. All in all though, really enjoy Emily Giffin's novels and can't wait for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissipointed I usually love Emily Giffin, but her last 2 books haven't been my taste. This book was dragged out and when you hit the end my thoughts were "thats it?!" felt like it was a waste of my time.. and will prob not read any of her up coming books.
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Good read very interesting! Love Emily Giffin & everything she writes!
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put Down Have never read an Emily Giffen book but have to say will read her work in the future. Very much enjoyed the two perspectives and found myself sympathizing all the characters in many elements. Found it to be an easy read and an easy story to follow. Would recommend.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book was a bit of a surprise in the beginning. It wasn't like Emily Giffin's usual books. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it was a kind of slow paced. I really didn't like the ending, though. The dialogue was really unrealistic.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from other Emily Giffin books I enjoyed this book but found it to be quite different from her other books. It actually read more like a Jodi Piccoult novel with the two female characters alternating the narrative. I found the ending a bit weak and I wished that there were chapters devoted to the man's perspective as well as it was hard to understand his actions as they were only shown through the two women's eyes. I enjoyed the story itself, especially the cameos by Rachel and Dex, and found it to be very thought provoking but I definitely enjoyed Something Borrowed and Something Blue a lot more.
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bore, but not exciting either I usually really enjoy reading Giffin's novel, however, I was a bit disappointed in this one. I couldn't relate to the characters personally. I've never completely related to any of Giffin's characters as I'm in my early 20's and have never been in a serious relationship. However, in Giffin's other novels, I would still feel a sort of connection to the character.s I found myself confused from constantly switching from liking characters to not liking them. The ending didn't leave me with a feeling of satisfaction. Even if Nick had made the other choice, or Tessa made the other choice, I don't think I would have been satisfied. I don't want to accept what Nick and Val say at the end either. Even if it is the truth, I can't personally accept it. Giffin took a much more serious tone to this novel compared to her other ones. Although I would never say her previous novels were not serious at all, I always felt a sort of light-hearted, chic-lit feel from them. This was not the case for Heart of the Matter. It was pure business. Giffin does cause the reader to think about what is a marraige, and the affects an affair has on everyone.
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay. Sooo not what I expected! I applaud Emily for trying something different, her other books are chicklets at their best. I enjoyed the book but at the same time it put me in a bad mood. It made me think about my own life and the mistakes we make in marriage, how they can lead to other's unhappiness without being aware. The ending was off with the rest of the book. A great read but recommend that you plan something upbeat...such as shopping for the day after. :)
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I cried my way through... For my first Emily Griffin experience if find it was kind of gore from the start, but a good read. It was appealing as I am myself a young suburb mom of two beautiful children! It made me realize what could happen in your couple in the long run if you don't take the bull by the horns on a daily basis... note to readers: I'm a very sensitive dorky kind of girl with a huge heart, so it might not affect you as much as me lol!!!
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emily Giffin does it again! I really enjoyed reading this book, and will have to admit that I stayed home from work in order to finish it! I am a huge Emily Giffin fan and she did not disappoint. I loved the returning characters in the books, and the plot of this novel really touched my heart and I thought she wrote the characters to be very realistic and easily relatable, which is why i love this book! go out and pick it up, i've been recommending it to all my friends
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't like it one bit I must be alone on this, but I didn't like this book at all. When I buy these types of books to I'm looking to unwind and let my mind escape into something fun for a little bit. I found it way too depressing for BOTH characters. If you're looking for something funny and light-hearted this book is definitely not for you.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best! I have read all of Giffin's books, this was my least favorite by far! It seemed to go on and on. The whole read was spent waiting to see who won in the end. Not recommended by me.
Date published: 2010-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good - but not my EG fav This book like all other EG books was a page turner and I finished in 2 days, as I usually do when I am heavily engrossed. However, not my favourite compared to all her others. I found myself annoyed at the topic and sort of desperate housewives theme of it all. I did really enjoy the references to Dex and Rachael and looking forward to the movie of something blue coming out next year. As a newlywed myself having married last august - i guess the topic would hit a few nerves but was very nicely done showing the different sides of the story. Mind you I foun myself hating Valerie the whole time and was on team Tessa the whole way through - unlike the Darcy, Dex and Rachel story where you couldnt help but want Rachel to win the guy! Overall it was entertaining - but definitely not her best.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoulutely Great I just finished the book yesterday, and I loved how Emily ties is all her characters in her books, and how they know each other. This one is about Dex's sister Tessa, who is married to a plastic surgeon( facial reconstruction etc). It tells the story from two point of views, Tessa and Valarie( mother to Charlie). We learn about what is happening with Rachel and Dex, that they have 2 girls. I am not going to tell the rest of the story, or I will ruin if for all the other readers who want to read this story, but they will share one thing that is based on the story. I loved the book, it was full of entertainment and wanting to know what will happen next in one of her next books, to see what would happen next to the characters, and I can't wait until it comes out. Emily Giffin is a Great writer, and I hope everyone gets a chance to read all her books!:)
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Definite Page Turner This is the story of two women whose lives intersect in ways they never would have dreamed. The plot reads like a Jodi Picoult novel, complete with medical drama, legal implications, and questioning family ties. Tessa, a devoted full-time mother to two young children is married to Nick, a successful and dedicated pediatric surgeon. She adores her husband and children and her life seems to be one all would envy. Valerie is a lawyer and single mom to her young son Charlie who is the light of her life. When Charlie is involved in a near fatal accident, Nick invests not only his professional care but a personal interest in the boy. He and Valerie are drawn together in their concern for Charlie. Suddenly Nick is an important figure in the lives of both Tessa and Valerie, and he finds that he has feelings for both. This would seem to be an impossible situation, sure to cause heartbreak for someone. This book will evoke many emotions as the big question "What would YOU do?" is poised to the reader as they go through the motions with both Valerie and Tess. Kudos to Emily Griffin on writing a book about marriage and fidelity with such honesty and emotion. She captures the good, bad, ugly, and really ugly and wraps it up with what I feel is an appropriate ending.
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best from Emily Giffin I have read all of Emily Giffin's novels & loved them all until now, this one I might add is a stronger different type of story. Although I couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days I just felt that my expectations based on her previous novels were not met & actually I could say that I am definitely disappointed. I would give it a 3 out of 5 as the story isn't a bad one by any means, it is just not the writing style Giffin's readers are particularly used to.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read This was different than I expected from this author. I enjoyed the story, it was very relatable. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the past books by Emily Giffin though. It was a more serious read.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Relevant This book brings up many emotions and I think that it will turn off many of Giffin's readers. It deals with a very relevant (and scary) issue that too many women face. That being said, it drew me in like most of her other books and I couldn't put it down. I completely hated one of the two main characters but I also think that the story was well executed because it conjured up such strong feelings for me. I actually enjoyed the character of Tessa (who as an added bonus is Dex's sister and he and Rachel do show up in the book). Although she has her weaknesses, I felt that many of her actions showed strength of character. The story switches between Tessa and Valerie. I had a hard time reading some of the Valerie parts - I didn't care about her at all and did not want to read about her feelings etc. It was hard to care about her kid too. That being said, I think many women who have been in similar situations, will be able to identify with her on some level. I think many of Giffin's readers will be turned off by this book simply because the story focuses on a very real issue that is very scary for many women - the possibility that your husband could be having affair and particularly, husbands loosing interest in their wives once they become stay at home moms. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Of course there is no excuse for any extra-martial relations, but many people neglect their marriages (and themselves) after they become parents. This book throws those ideas directly at the reader and it may be hard to stomach for some people.
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unlovable characters... I enjoyed the "Tessa is Dexter's sister" tie-in, but I found it difficult to become attached to any of the characters in this book, which kind of ruined it for me. They were all just so unlikeable. I had a similar problem in her previous book, "Love the One You're With". In fact, Valerie reminds me of the flakey lead in LOYW. I, personally, miss characters like Claudia in "Baby Proof"; strong, intelligent women who have a clue about what's going on. Can we please get back to these characters, Emily?
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I've given up :( I was incredibly eager to read this book... I love Emily Giffin ,but I have realized that my constant search for a "Something Borrowed" high is a waste of time. It will never happen.. Dear God nothing happens until half way through the book.. I was bored.. My only joy was that Rachel and Dex were in the novel for a short 3-4 pages.. as Dex is the main character's brother..
Date published: 2010-05-22

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Heart Of The Matter

by Emily Giffin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 538 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Large Print Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594134510

ISBN - 13: 9781594134517

About the Book

A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.


Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.


This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

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From the Publisher

A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.



Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.



This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.





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About the Author

Emily Giffin was born March 20, 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended high school in Naperville, Illinois, where she was a member of a creative writing club and served as editor-in-chief for the school's newspaper. She earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, where she also served as manager of the basketball team, the Demon Deacons. She then attended law school at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1997, she moved to Manhattan and worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. But Giffin soon determined to seriously pursue her writing. In 2001, she moved to London and began writing full time. Her first young adult novel, Lily Holding True, was rejected by eight publishers. Giffin began a new novel, then titled Rolling the Dice, which became the bestselling novel Something Borrowed. In 2002 she signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press. While doing revisions on Something Borrowed, she found the inspiration for a sequel, Something Blue. Something Borrowed was released spring 2004. It received positive reviews and made the extended New York Times bestsellers list. Something Blue followed in 2005, and in 2006, her third, Baby Proof, made its debut. Giffin spent 2007 finishing her fourth novel. The next three novels were international bestsellers, and appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, among many others. The three appeared simultaneously on USA Today 's Top 150 list. Something Borrowed and Something Blue have been op
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