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Love and Other Natural Disasters – Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway

January 15, 2009


Jonathan and Eve are the happily married parents of Jacob and have another child on the way.  At least that’s what Eve thinks until she overhears Jon on the phone with Laney on Thanksgiving Day.  Laney works in the Chicago office of Jon’s company.  Their conversation seems to be very intimate, but Jon insists that they’re just friends.  Eve kicks Jon out of the house even though he claims that he’s never had sex with Laney.

Eve is distraught and reads Jon’s email.  She discovers that Laney has come to see Jon and that Jon “feels love” for Laney.  As far as she can tell, they’ve never had sex, just a year-long emotional affair.   Eve is full of anger, so their attempts at reconciliation fail.  Then, Jon learns that Eve has read his e-mail and he becomes angry too.  After a serious blow-up, Eve joins Jon at counseling.  It is not until a friend makes a comment that Eve realizes she needs to accept responsibility for her part in everything.  They have to decide if they want to work at starting over again.

I really enjoyed Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas.  I was expecting it to be chick-lit, but found it to be more than that.  I found it to be thought provoking as well as somewhat educational.  Holly Shumas is a marriage and family therapist – this is her second novel.  She even included 5 ways to disaster-proof your relationship in the back of the book.

Hachette Books is allowing me to offer 3 sets of Holly Shumas’s books.  3 lucky readers will receive 2 books – Love and Other Natural Disasters and Five Things I Can’t Live Without, both by Holly Shumas. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use to determine the winners.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Wednesday, January21, 2009.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009.

Go to A Circle of Books to continue this tour.

65 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2009 7:04 am

    Sounds interesting; especially the privacy issue aspects (reading his email). I’m sure the author’s therapist background adds to the book. Please don’t enter me in the drawing, I don’t think I’d get to this any time soon.

  2. January 15, 2009 8:39 am

    Please enter me for the giveaway. I’ve seen Love and Other Natural Disasters making the blog rounds, and it sounds like an interesting read. & I’m all about branching out into interesting this year. =)

  3. January 15, 2009 9:03 am

    Don’t enter me, but nice review!

  4. January 15, 2009 9:16 am

    Sounds like a good book, and one with advice that maybe we could all use once and a while!

  5. Melanie permalink
    January 15, 2009 9:25 am

    It sounds good. Enter me into the giveaway. Thanks.

  6. January 15, 2009 9:37 am

    I have been reading good reviews about this one. Please enter me for the giveaway! Would love to read the books!


  7. January 15, 2009 10:44 am

    I’d love to be entered! Thank you 🙂

    writing.meg [[at]]

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 15, 2009 11:15 am

    It seems that I have been reading a lot of books about infidelty lately, but since you recommend this one sign me up!

  9. carolsnotebook permalink
    January 15, 2009 11:59 am

    Please enter me. It sounds interesting, covering some of the aspects of relationships that aren’t always covered. Shumas being a counselor must add a lot to the book.

  10. January 15, 2009 12:06 pm

    Hi there.. Great review and Blog Tour Post. I have to say there were times when Eve frustrated me also. I would sometimes give her extra credit for being pregnant, but then I would get frustrated. But I was able to crawl into the corner and just read this book on a weekend and it was good. No need to enter me in the giveaway.

  11. January 15, 2009 12:41 pm

    I’ve heard some good things about this one. Glad you enjoyed it too. Relationships can be very complex and I like stories that center around flawed ones. LOL.

    Please enter me.

  12. January 15, 2009 12:51 pm

    Great review! I’m glad to know this book is more than standard chick-lit, and I think it’s interesting that the author is a family/marriage therapist.

    Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

    diaryofaneccentric AT hotmail DOT com

  13. Gina B. permalink
    January 15, 2009 1:23 pm

    Please enter me in your contest.

  14. KatheMc permalink
    January 15, 2009 1:26 pm

    Would love to win — have been wanting to get Five Things I Can’t Live Without for a while now, and this new one sounds awesome!

  15. January 15, 2009 1:29 pm

    Don’t enter me! Nice review though. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t even finish it. I did not like Eve, at all.

  16. January 15, 2009 1:42 pm

    Please count me in! The books sound interesting.

  17. January 15, 2009 2:00 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Although it sounds like this book could cut a little close to a situation in my past, it also sounds well worth reading. Thanks, Kathy!

  18. January 15, 2009 2:08 pm

    I liked this too Kathy, definately not the chick lit that I expected when I first picked it up. I found it though provoking and insightful. Don’t enter me, just stopping by on the blog tour!

  19. January 15, 2009 2:18 pm

    So glad you liked this one! 🙂

  20. alirambles permalink
    January 15, 2009 2:46 pm

    I’d love to win this one. It’s interesting that it was writting by a therapist because as I was reading the description I was thinking it almost sounded too realistic for comfort–I’ve never been through that situation but I can imagine it happening to me or anyone I know, all too well. (Except for the pregnant part. Done with that).

  21. January 15, 2009 3:00 pm

    I’ve posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter the contest.

  22. January 15, 2009 3:32 pm

    This is one of those that I would pick up just for the title. Thanks for the review.

  23. January 15, 2009 3:42 pm

    I’d love a chance to be entered. (=

  24. Lori Barnes permalink
    January 15, 2009 4:11 pm

    Please add my name in the drawing! I would love to add these to my reading pile.

  25. Steve F permalink
    January 15, 2009 4:27 pm

    This book sounds great! Please enter me to win.



  26. January 15, 2009 4:57 pm

    I would love to win this book…please enter me.
    I also gave you an award today here:

  27. Sharon Walling permalink
    January 15, 2009 5:07 pm

    Please enter me in this great giveaway. I would love to win this.

  28. amandasue permalink
    January 15, 2009 5:10 pm

    I’d Love to be entered, I think both books sound good! Thanks for entering me!
    unforgetable_dreamer_always AT hotmail DOT com

  29. January 15, 2009 5:49 pm

    Interesting book – the situation sounds like a very realistic one. (No need to enter me in the giveaway.)

  30. January 15, 2009 5:58 pm

    I’d love to win this – it sounds like a fascinating book. I have a sister going through a divorce right now, with some issues similar. 😦

  31. January 15, 2009 6:19 pm

    These sound great. I can’t imagine being in that situation. Please enter me!

    jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

  32. January 15, 2009 6:57 pm

    I would love a chance to win!


  33. January 15, 2009 7:33 pm

    Please enter me for the giveaway. What an interesting book.

  34. January 15, 2009 7:53 pm

    I enjoyed your review. I went through a similar situation less the husband just a HUGE mistake of a boyfriend, and it was nice seeing this issue covered in fiction form. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my review, and of course please don’t enter me. Your winners are going to be stoked! 🙂

  35. January 15, 2009 7:54 pm

    Now I am not sure if I should retype (I got an error). Thank you again for stopping by my review.

  36. January 15, 2009 8:17 pm

    I’d love to be entered! thanks!

  37. Darby Lohrding permalink
    January 15, 2009 8:18 pm

    I wonder if the author’s “day job” inspired her to write these books? Kind of like a true crime book!
    Okay, I’m babbling, please enter me for I have read neither and would like to, especially now after finding out more about the author!!!
    Talk to you soon,
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  38. January 15, 2009 9:49 pm

    I’d be very interested in winning these two books! You can contact me through my blog.


  39. January 15, 2009 10:10 pm

    This sounds great!!

  40. Renee G permalink
    January 15, 2009 10:32 pm

    Your review sparked my interest. I’ll have to be keeping my eyes open for something by this author.

  41. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    January 16, 2009 10:08 am

    Super review Kathy! 🙂
    It really makes me want to read the book.
    Please enter me into the Giveaway.


  42. January 16, 2009 11:28 am

    No need to enter me – just stopping by on the tour. Glad you enjoyed it as well! Definitely thought provoking.

  43. escapingjourney permalink
    January 16, 2009 12:05 pm

    oh…this one sounds good. Enter me into the drawing please!

  44. January 16, 2009 4:01 pm

    This one sounds like a good one. Have you read her other book as well?

  45. January 16, 2009 7:32 pm

    Please enter me in the contest.

  46. January 16, 2009 8:44 pm

    Oh, heck. So much for resisting. Go ahead and enter me. I need to finish the Bobbi Brown makeup book, first, though. LOL BTW, I’ve really enjoyed what I read of the makeup book *but* I wish she’d added sources for buying things like those brushes. I think she overlooked the fact that some of us don’t live near a big city with lots of options.

  47. January 17, 2009 12:12 am

    I think these look wonderful and I would love to win!

  48. January 17, 2009 1:35 am

    I’ve been reading a lot about this book lately. It does sound good. It reminds me of Jennie Shortridge’s Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe from the description.

  49. January 17, 2009 9:33 am

    I like thought provoking books, please enter me in the drawing


  50. January 17, 2009 12:59 pm

    I would love to be entered in your giveaway. This book has caught my interest in the last week or so and I’d love to read it 🙂

  51. Gwendolyn B. permalink
    January 17, 2009 4:52 pm

    I’d love to read these books — thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  52. kate permalink
    January 17, 2009 5:50 pm

    i’ve heardd some great things about this book and would love to be entered!

  53. Nicole permalink
    January 17, 2009 5:51 pm

    I really like the sound of love and other natural disasters and am just dying to find out what happens!

  54. melly permalink
    January 17, 2009 6:14 pm

    wow what a great set of books! they sound really interesting!

  55. January 17, 2009 6:15 pm

    I would love to win. Please count me in for the giveaway. 🙂 Thanks!

  56. January 17, 2009 7:01 pm

    that seems like a long book I just finshed reading it.

  57. January 17, 2009 8:40 pm

    I’d like to be in the running for these two books; I’m trying to read more broadly across an author’s works …
    dawn [dot] rennert [at] verizon [dot]net

  58. January 18, 2009 1:10 am

    I thought these were chick lit type books too until I read your review. They sound very interesting. Please include me and thanks for the contest!

  59. January 18, 2009 5:16 am

    Please enter me in the contest. Thank you. (=

  60. Anita Yancey permalink
    January 18, 2009 9:54 pm

    Sounds like a good book. Love to read this one. Please enter me, and thanks!

  61. January 19, 2009 6:53 pm

    This book sounds good. I’d love to win! Please enter me. Thanks.

  62. January 19, 2009 9:34 pm

    Sounds great, please enter me!

  63. January 20, 2009 10:18 pm

    I’d like to be entered for this, too, thanks!

  64. dianad permalink
    January 21, 2009 7:33 am

    I love to read and this book sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

  65. January 21, 2009 2:10 pm

    Sounds juicy. I’d love to have a copy.

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