January book picks: Day 13 of January’s best reads

We’ve tapped Luxury Reading’s book lovin’ blogger, Vera, to give us the scoop all month long on what books are worth the read. She’ll be dishing out daily book picks — and here’s pick thirteen.

Annabelle has been married to Grant McKay for two decades – happily married for most. But every The Stuff That Never Happened covernow and then, Annabelle falls into the trap of remembering Jeremiah, the man she had an affair with at the start of her marriage and has continued to love.

When a sudden family emergency leads Annabelle to New York, she is immersed in the memories of the years she spent there – of being a newlywed newly transplanted from California, of learning the ropes of the city, and most importantly, of the passion she shared with Jeremiah. The city has changed, but Annabelle finds herself face to face with Jeremiah in a store the two used to visit together.

I loved every minute of The Stuff That Never Happened. Dawson’s writing was like gulps of water after a salty meal – I could not get enough of the longing, the complicated ties between the characters, and the realizations that sometimes the scenarios that we build up in our heads are never as good as they seem.


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