Mar 5, 2015

The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts


Why do we hurt the ones we love, and can there ever be a way back?
“The Torn Up Marriage” is about betrayal, complacency, love and loss, and that key instinct to protect your family. But what happens when you tear that family apart? Kate and Michael are about to find out as they cope with the crushing fallout of his affair, whilst trying to protect their two young children. This powerful and poignant novel captures the explosiveness of everyday life and what it is to be human; to make mistakes.
Set in the historic town of Alnwick, Northumberland, with its stunning backdrop of castles, moorland hills and coastline, this relationship story of love and family takes you in a rollercoaster ride of emotions along with Kate and Michael.
Michael’s mother’s battle with breast cancer shatters them all, yet shows them how precious life, love and family is. Can they find a way back and fight for their battered yet enduring love?
So, what would you do if it happened to you? Could you betray? Could you forgive?


I requested this book on Netgalley.


Kate and Michael are living in a lovely house and they have two sweet, angelic daughters. One day Michael messes all of this up by starting an affair with his secretary, Sophie. Kate is devastated when she finds out. She wants to work things out, but Michael chooses to move in with Sophie. This crushes Kate, who's now left alone. How do they explain to their daughters that their father has moved out? Has Michael made the right decision and will Kate be able to move on?

The Torn Up Marriage is a beautiful story about a marriage that's been torn apart by an affair. Caroline Roberts describes the process of grief in such a sensitive way. It never becomes overwhelming and the story remains enthralling the entire time, which I think is a really great achievement. This is an intense story about a sensitive subject and I felt so bad for Kate. She's brave, she keeps her dignity and she's always there for her girls which makes her such a great and sympathetic main character. The story managed to move me from page one and it remained like that until the last page. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this realistic story about the complications, pain and beauty that love can sometimes bring.


  1. Sounds like a hard book to read in some ways but good in others. X

    1. It wasn't really, it was a sad topic, but so well written.


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