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Jill was a competent, vibrant young television producer when she was assigned to interview David Plumley, a very successful and gorgeous divorce attorney. She was instantly attracted to him and surprisingly, he was to her also, even though she was not considered beautiful by the usual standards. They started dating even though he was married, but after she convinced him that she would not see him anymore under those circumstances, he surprisingly decided to divorce his wife and marry her.
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Now Jill feels she is very lucky to have David, although as their marriage has gone on, he has coerced her to give up her producing job and take a teaching job, which leaves her bored; he has told her that he wants no more children (even though she often takes care of his kids by herself when they come over), which leaves Jill frustrated; and Jill is paying the rent on their expensive apartment because David pays so much alimony and child support to his former wife.

Then at the summer picnic of the firm where David works, Nicole, a very attractive young summer intern, approaches Jill and boldly tells Jill that she is going to marry Jill's husband. After the picnic, David realizes Jill is not acting normally, and even though Jill does not want to tell him why, David forces the reason from her. After Jill tells David what Nicole said, David laughs about it but of course is intrigued, even though he does not admit it to Jill. This is very stressful for Jill because she remembers that David left his first wife for her, and wonders whether he could be taken again.

David tells Jill he loves her and not to worry, but over time, Jill realizes something is amiss in their marriage. She realizes she should not rely on what David says, but on what he does, as she thinks David has started lying to her, and she remembers how easily he can lie, as she heard him lie to his first wife when she herself was his mistress.

Jill tries to be more attractive for David and make his favorite foods, but he doesn't really seem to notice. She realizes she is making a lot of effort in her marriage, while David makes next to none. She has told herself and others that she doesn't want to live without David, but she slowly begins to wonder if she has been in denial about the price she has been paying to keep her marriage.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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