Review: Vow – A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs) by Wendy Plump
Wendy Plump threw open the doors of her deeply personal past and invited me in. She didn’t have to, and frankly I’d have been ridiculously embarrassed to be caught even taking a peek in, but she invited me, and wow… what a find.
Nearly immediately after getting married, Wendy and her husband delved into the world of betrayal and infidelity. Wendy jumped first, drunk on the high of attraction and the chemical cocktail that new love brings. An inescapable desire to be honest about her transgressions, she tells her husband of her relationship, and the tight-knit ball of a close marriage quickly unravels.
Wendy’s book Vow – A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs) is gutting and unimaginable. Maybe I’m too soon into my marriage, but the experience Wendy relays to me via these pages is thrilling yet harrowing. Almost all of us are familiar with the rush of new love, but with marriage comes fidelity… or at least the vow to practice it. But Wendy and her husband go far and beyond mere “cheating” and cross the line into multiple relationships, true loves, and children with both your spouse and your second-life love.
I highly recommend reading this book. I was slightly uncomfortable all the while gripped with intrigue. This was one of those books I found I kept yearning to return to when free time found its way to me.
My takeaway from this book is this – All of the feelings Wendy Plump shared with us are feelings nearly everybody has had or will have. We’ve all been attracted to others outside of our commitments. We’ve all thought about what it would be like to have an alternate relationship. There are those of us who will keep those thoughts in the fantasy realm, and there are others who will bring them to fruition. But the essence or the origin of these feelings and actions are understood by every one of us, regardless of outward protest and it’s commendable that Wendy Plump is willing to share these raw thoughts and self-assessments with us.
Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.