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The DilemmaT a secret she’s been keeping from Adam her husband until the party is over Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to ce. I’m in a uandaryno a full fledged dilemma on how to review this one💁🏻♀️The entire read takes place over the course of just one evening Told from alternating POV of Adam and Livia A misguided couple so desperate to please each other yet so dismally confused on how to accomplish it A birthday party like no otherLivia has saved up for years to throw herself the bash of the century for her 40th birthday And no one’s stopping this epic event No matter what craziness might be happening around hershe won’t let it rob her from her stupendous day And Adam He simply wants nothing than for Livia to have her day But at what cost This book read like a freight train running off the rails I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough And basically read it in just a bit over 2 sittings Who needs to eat I was desperate to see how this would turn out I needed to know the endingHowever the main characters were so despicable it was hard to sympathize with either of them Livia came off as selfish and self absorbed to the point that she puts herself far above from her family and friends Adamwell I’m not even sure what to say about him What’s the old saying “if you can’t say something nice” I’ll just say his behavior boggled my mindDid I enjoy it Well yes I certainly did Was it what I expected Ha Not even close Would I recommend it YES If you are looking for a speedy thriller for a weekend read then this is the one A uick and fun buddy read with Susanne🎈Thank you to Marissa Sangiacomo at St Martin's Press for an ARC to read and review

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CHARACTERS · The Dilemma ↠ ❴Download❵ ✤ The Dilemma Author B.A. Paris – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party a party she’s been planning for a long time The only person missing will be her daughter MarnieBut Livia has a secret a secret s It’s Livia’s fortieth birthdayLebrate with herAdam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision. 2 stars because I made it to the endThis is a case where the I thought about this book the I turned to the dark side where the words god I so dislike this story entered my mind So what words describe a book like thislackluster boring nonsensical immature egotistical are a few that come to mind Of course none of them indicate a book that I would recommendFirst the premise of a woman who missed out on a big fairy tale wedding and now has scrimped and saved for countless years to throw herself a fortieth birthday party was ridiculous For pity sake if you missed a wedding why not throw one for you and your husband Countless people do so are you so narcissistic yes that it must always be all about you Oh and she has a secret one she can't share with her husband by the way And then there was the husband hiding a secret so awful that he let his beloved wife go through her day without telling her the horrible news My god this is your wife the person you share everything with Why would you not share this Shouldn't you both be able to face this happening together are husband and wife as parentsYes the tragedy was horrendous one that no parent should ever experience but at the end of the long drawn out or what could have been a short story in Reader's Digest we find everything back to normal The tragedy has been handled the secret has not been exposed and life goes on its merry way Absurd

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It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party a party she’s been planning for a long time The only person missing will be her daughter MarnieBut Livia has a secre. 15 starsThis was a boring short story that was stretched out into a full length snooze of a book I basically hate read it Why Let me count the ways• The entire book relies on the tired trope of a couple NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER UGH• I found it hard to believe a grown ass woman would dream of a 40th birthday party for 20 years to make up for the big wedding she never had The way she obsesses over the party is utterly ridiculous Grow up already• Pages and pages could be skimmed without missing a thing 90% of the book was repeating over and over and over again the “dilemma” Good grief we get it already Without the repetition the book would have been about 30 pages long• The dilemma Each knows a secret that they are keeping from the other Adam’s secret is serious and to think he could continue with the party despite his suspicions is utterly ridiculous Just so his immature wife can have her ridiculous party Livia’s secret is just plain dumb as is the way she obsesses over it• The ending It was not only pat and unbelievable but it made me angry for all the people who have lived this particular hell• There was no tension just irritation This is a family drama not a thriller and a boring one at thatI did finish the book thinking there just might be a payoff at the end There wasn’t I'm rounding it up to 2 stars simply because I finished it I received a digital copy fromNetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review