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The Actor and the Housewife

on 12 August 2010

An incandescently engrossing novel, this is a story that is as heartwarming as it is heart breaking. Hale sets up the plot with an unlikely heroine, Becky Jack, a Mormon stay-at-home mom with three children, one on the way, and the incredible luck to have randomly sold a movie script. As a result, she gets to spend one day in New York, and into this day walks the famous movie star Felix Callahan.

An innocent meeting, and exchange of witty remarks, an uncomfortable shared taxi ride, rooms in the same hotel, and a fun-filled dinner later, Becky is convinced that she has just lived a fantasy. It was nice while it lasted, but she is more than content to return home to her childhood sweetheart of a husband and her wonderful children. She never expects to see Felix again.

Except, he turns up a few months later at a writer’s lecture at which Becky is speaking.

And, just like that, Felix disappears again, only to reappear randomly again, setting a pattern that would continue for months and years.

Becky becomes Felix’s first female best friend. It’s not a truly easy road, and the book chronicles the funny and quirky journey of Felix learning to be a friend, Felix’s supermodel wife indulging his more plebian taste in friends, and Becky’s husband struggling to accept that Becky could continue to love him after experiencing the friendship of a famous movie star.

I was very impressed that, with a plotline ripe for using “tried and true” clichés, Hale manages to give the story fresh twists and an unusual road to the book’s conclusion. On the way to the final page, readers can expect to fall in love with this quirky cast of characters, and to be unwilling to put this book down! Excellent writing, wonderful story, and an enchanting read. (4 Stars)

This book was sent to me via LibraryThing’s “Early Reviewers” program. You may read my review there as well, and please take a few minutes to explore LibraryThing itself. It’s a wonderful site!

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3 responses to “The Actor and the Housewife

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  2. Fox says:

    Sounds interesting.. like a romantic comedy waiting to happen :)

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