Random Hearts Book Summary and Study Guide

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Orson and Lily meet by accident on an airplane ride and have one of those instant, unexpected physical reactions to each other. They seem to be the perfect match for each other and quickly arrange to meet again. When they next meet the attraction is still there and they quickly progress into a physical relationship. They think they are in love and want to move forward with their lives together, but there is one problem...they are both other people.
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Lily dreads telling Edward, her husband, and Orson doesn't know what Vivien, his wife, will do without him, but they cannot bear to stop seeing one another. They finally decide to go away to Florida for 4 days and make a final decision as to how they are going to tell Edward and Vivien and when. Unfortunately, their plane crashes right outside of the airport and they never tell their spouses.

Both Edward and Vivien are relieved that their spouses were not on the plane that went down, after all, Orson was on his way to Paris and Vivien was on her way to Los Angeles, so they felt pity for those who had friends and relatives on their way to Florida, but went on with their lives. But when they didn't hear from them for several days, they started to worry. When they are called to identify bodies at the morgue from the crash, they are stunned. The police officer tells them that their spouses were traveling together, but that couldn't be, could it? They were dedicated couples and loved and relied on each other - Orson and Lily wouldn't betray their love, their trust, would they? As both Vivien and Edward try to deal with the death of their spouses and their wrenching sense of betrayal, they are inexplicably drawn together and eventually have to decide if it is worth the potential pain to open up and trust and love someone again.

I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't anything spectacular. The characterization is a little blurry and it was hard to understand the motivation of Vivien and Edward at times, like why they wouldn't even tell their respective families that their spouses were cheating on them. The plot got a little slow towards the middle/end of the book and ended rather abruptly, but life doesn't always have starts and finishes so that was okay. All in all, the book was well written and entertaining enough, but then, I didn't buy the book, I borrowed it for free. Is it worth buying? I couldn't say, maybe the movie is better...?

The review of this Book prepared by Debbie

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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