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The Paper Marriage by Susan Kay Law

November 10th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

I thought this was a great book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

It’s about a woman, Ann, whose husband was in a car accident 12 years ago that left him in a vegetative state and how she was never really able to move on in her life since he was technically still alive and she believed in the “through good times and bad…til death do you part” part of her vows.

Her new neighbor, Tom Nash, is a famous baseball player who retires after a shoulder industry.  He moves in because his 16 year old daughter, Mer,  is coming to stay with him for the summer.  She’s your typical angry teen who rarely saw her father and mostly just received guilt gifts from him.

Ann befriends Mer and eventually Tom.  Ann pretty much helps Tom be a better parent.

Stop here if you don’t want spoilers.

They eventually fall for each other and one night a few days before Ann’s wedding anniversary she gets drunk realizing that after this anniversary she and her husband would officially have spent more of their relationship with him in a coma than when he was really alive.  Tom comes over to comfort her and they end up having sex.  She ends up getting pregnant after this one night.

Even after she finds out she is pregnant and Tom asks her to marry him she refuses.  She sticks to her guns that she is already married.  Tom tells her she should just divorce her husband because her husband would never want her to live her life like this.  They get into a huge argument but Mer eventually gets them to make up in the delivery room.  Ann still doesn’t marry Tom but they both finally admit to each other that they love each other and that is what is important.

5 years after the baby is born Ann’s husband finally subcombs to an infection and passes away and the book ends with Ann and Tom getting married.

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