Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sweet Land of Bigamy by Miah Arnold

  • Name: Sweet Land of Bigamy
  • Author: Miah Arnold
  • ISBN: 9781440541612
  • Genre: Romance
  • Publisher: Smith Publicity - Tyrus Books
  • Publication/Expected Publication: July 1, 2012

Helen Motes had been married to Larry for nearly ten years when he decided to take a job as a translator in Iraq.  Feeling betrayed and abandoned, Helen becomes increasingly infatuated with Chakor, who doesn't know she's married (and Helen never tries to disabuse him of that notion).  Helen and Chakor begin a relationship that ultimately leads to marriage, which makes Helen a bigamist.

Through a series of strange circumstances, including a painful disaster that entirely redefines Helen's relationship with Larry, Helen is somehow able to keep her secret.  Although initially not a very sympathetic character, Helen's decisions throughout the book give readers an insight into her psyche which soften her images somewhat.

The structure of the book is such that each chapter is divided into sections headed by dates ranging from the 1990s to 2000s.  The "flashback" sections are helpful in setting the scene and providing backstory; however, this might be confusing to readers at first.

Overall, this book has an original storyline that keeps readers guessing until the very end.  I would highly recommend it!

**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**

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