Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book, for the most part. It kept me interested throughout. A few parts were slow, but the end moved at a good pace.
This was a good story, but I was expecting it to me a bit more light-hearted and fluffy. The Accidental Marriage has a lot of depth and delves into issues that changed the US immensely. Nina and Elliott found themselves in love and married in the 1970s. This was at the height of the equal rights for women (Title IX) and the feminist movement. Nina and Elliott are opposites in so many ways. A few times, I had to stop and remind myself of the era that this story takes place because I was surprised by Elliott’s reaction to what Nina was going through at her teaching job. (I wasn’t surprised by his expectations, or her experiences. I was just surprised by his reaction.) Such different thinking from today. It did make for interesting reading.
I liked Nina and Elliott at different times for different reasons but not consistently. There were times that I didn’t like either of them. And there were other times where I was rooting for one or the other. I liked Nina’s parents. It was surprising how forward-thinking they were, especially her father. That was refreshing and provided an interesting perspective on Nina. I liked Elliott’s father; I felt for him. I wanted to know more about him. Elliott’s mother was not a favorite, but I understood her.
The ending left me a bit disappointed. I know what the author was trying to do. I get it. I appreciate it. BUT . . . *SPOILER – ISH ALERT* I wanted to know the resolution. I wanted to know how the summer went. I wanted to know the future of Nina and Elliott.
Would I recommend it: I would.
Will I read it again: I will not.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)show more