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The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale

June 12th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I got this from Bloomsbury USA & Walker Books through Shelf Awareness and so glad I did!

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars

Description: What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter… Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.

Ok, just let me say I loved, loved, loved this book!  It kept me entranced to the end as I was biting my nails waiting to find out what would finally happen between Becky and Felix.  If you want to see why I went for 4.5 instead of 5 you will have to read the spoiler section below.  I wanted to read this book because the premise really intrigued me.  Where can it really go with a pregnant, Morman housewife and a sexy, married actor?   I know what I know about Mormons is pretty much stereotypes but I  could not see Becky leaving her husband for an actor.  So I had to read this to see where the story would go.

Within the first few pages I was practically laughing out loud and the only thing that stopped me was I was riding the train to work.  The bantering between Becky and Felix throughout the entire book was wonderful and will keep you smiling and laughing.  It was touching to see how both Felix’s wife, Celeste, and Becky’s husband, Mike, really tried to support their spouses in this unusual friendship.  Being a mother myself I also enjoyed watching Felix’s introduction to life with children as he tries to keep Becky’s children entertained during visits.  If you enjoy romantic comedies this is definitely a book for you!


If you really don’t want any spoilers stop here.

Don’t say I did not give you fair warning.

The only reason I did not give this a 5 out of 5 stars is I was totally bummed out by the last 20 or so pages.  I’ll fully admit I’m a sucker for happy, sappy endings and while the ending of this book suited both Becky and Felix’s characters and relationship with each other I was still hoping for them to end up as a couple.  I know, I know she needed to realize she could be ok on her own after Mike but still it would have been my perfect ending.  I’ll stop here because even if you don’t mind spoilers there are just some things you will have to go out and get the book to find out.  LOL.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Romance

4 Responses

  1. kim

    This one looks so fun! I’m going to put it on my TBR list. I hadn’t heard of it before so I’m so glad you reviewed it. :)

  2. dsuzuki

    Hope you like it!

  3. Belle

    I had the feeling that was how it ended, from a few other reviews I’d read. I think I would be disappointed, too. I love happy endings, and while this one sounds like it would be a perfect one for the characters, I’m totally with you about the absolute perfect ending.

  4. Katie

    I didn’t read the spoilers…but this sounds really good!

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