The Stuff That Never Happened

What if you were married to a wonderful husband for twenty eight years but in love with another man What if you were in love with them both Annabelle McKay knows she shouldn t have any complaints She s been in a stable marriage that s lasted almost three decades and has provided her with two wonderful children, thousands of family dinners around a sturdy oak table, andWhat if you were married to a wonderful husband for twenty eight years but in love with another man What if you were in love with them both Annabelle McKay knows she shouldn t have any complaints She s been in a stable marriage that s lasted almost three decades and has provided her with two wonderful children, thousands of family dinners around a sturdy oak table, and a husband so devoted that he schedules lovemaking into his calendar every Wednesday morning Other wives envy the fact that Grant is not the type of man who would ever cheat on her or leave her for a younger woman The trouble is Annabelle isn t sure she wants to be married to Grant any The trouble is she s still in love with someone else In the early tumultuous years of her marriage, Annabelle carried on a clandestine affair with the one person whose betrayal would hurt her husband the most When it ended, she and Grant found their way back together and made a pact that they would never speak of that time again But now years later, with her children grown and gone, and an ominous distance opening between them, she can t help but remember those glorious, passionate days and wonder if she chose the right man Then, when called to New York City to help care for her pregnant daughter, Annabelle bumps into her old lover Offered a second chance at an unforgettable love, she must decide between the man who possesses her heart and the husband who has stood squarely by her side A journey into the what ifs that haunt us all, The Stuff That Never Happened is an intricate, heartfelt examination of modern marriage that brims with truths about the nature of romantic love.Now with an excerpt from Maddie Dawson s latest novel, The Opposite of Maybe
The Stuff That Never Happened What if you were married to a wonderful husband for twenty eight years but in love with another man What if you were in love with them both Annabelle McKay knows she shouldn t have any complaints She

  • Title: The Stuff That Never Happened
  • Author: Maddie Dawson
  • ISBN: 9780307592354
  • Page: 240
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “The Stuff That Never Happened”

    1. The Stuff that Never Happened took a hold of me early, and it never let me know. I was initially intrigued by the mystery of the plot: What could their big secret be? What could be so bad in your marriage that you would rather just ignore it? But the mystery aspect of the novel was just enough to get me into the plot. Then Annabelle and the fantastic story took over.Usually, I have a little trouble with narrators. Sometimes I find them frustrating. Sometimes I wish they would turn right when the [...]

    2. this book was about 100 pages (i'm guessing because i read it on my kindle) too long!!! not only that, but the narrator was SO annoying! if she was a friend of mine, but i highly doubt that i would be friends with a woman such as annabelle, i would've taken her by he shoulder & shaken her! i definitely would have asked her WTH she was thinking. not for what she did as a young, newly married woman, but for the way she let it affect the rest of her life as a wife, as a mother, as a person. how [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this entire book. It was sweet and charming and the situations and characters and dialogue all felt real to me. This book goes back and forth between the late 1970s and 2005. Annabelle impulsively marries a nice guy who she barely knows when she is 21 years old and then ends up having a very serious love affair with a married man. 28 years later, Annabelle is still married to her husband Grant and as the book unfolds we find out all the stuff that happenedd all the stuff that di [...]

    4. I ended up really loving this honest portrayl of a woman torn between two men. I almost put it down in the beginning because I didn't think the characters clicked but I am glad I stuck with it. Turns out the reason I almost stopped reading this was the reason for the story in the first place. Anabelle, a fifty year old empty nester, takes a look back at her marriage of 28 years to Grant. With the kids gone she is not getting the attention and love she needs from her husband who is a boring, rigi [...]

    5. Really glad I picked this up. Maddie Dawson has a great way with character; the main character here is just as realistic as a slightly lost, a little wild twenty-year old as she is as a down to earth fifty year old. Recommend.

    6. A beautifully written look into the choices we make in our past and the consequences that they carry long into the future. I really enjoyed this one.

    7. Okay – so there are all of the famous sayings, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”; “You always want what you can’t have”, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder”, etc but what if 26 years ago you crossed the fence without thinking and your world almost blew apart? What if your husband was good enough and strong enough to forgive your past discretions if you promise to walk the straight and narrow? What happens when the one you’ve dreamed about for the p [...]

    8. This book was full of amazing quotes that will resonate with me for awhile. My favorite parts: "I tell her the thing I truly believe - that sex and love and parenthood and complications can coexist, that you can be happy even when sex is something you steal away for once you've gotten the last of the dishes washed and the kid with the fever to finally go to sleep. But then my throat is suddenly clogged up with so much sadness and longing and regret that I think I will choke. It's because of toda [...]

    9. This was an excellent book, I feel like I could go on reading about Grant and Annabelle forever. I want to read about them growing old together. The story is told in alternating chapters between the beginning of Grant and Annabelle's marriage in the 1970's and currently, 2005 as they face the trials of begin married 20+ years. What makes this book work so successfuly is the characterization. I really feel that Grant and Annabelle are fully fleshed characters. I understand why they do what they d [...]

    10. Vorrei precisare che non l'ho finito, non ci sono riuscita. Arrivi a metà e ti viene spontaneo suicidarti con il tuo Kobo in mano. Troppo palloso e troppo fastidioso, arrivata a metà non ce l'ho più fatta e l'ho persino tolto dal mio Kobo. Sapevo che non dovevo fidarmi di storie di cinquantenni che hanno crisi matrimoniali e blablabla. Ma la parte peggiore era nei flashback di quando si sono conosciuti, palloso il doppio. Grant è uno di quei personaggi che ti viene voglia di dargli quattro s [...]

    11. I cant believe how many people rated this book so favorably and said they enjoyed and even liked the characters. I found the main character incredbily self absorbed and selfish. The betrayal of her young husband was just disgusting to me and the fact that she continued to perseverate on the other man for so many years while she was still married, seemed so unfair to her husnad. However, I didnt really like Grant or Jeremiah that much either. The book was an easy read and had some enjoyable parts [...]

    12. "I know this feeling: It's a cousin of the mood that made me cry among the pork chops." This book may not resonate for you if you have never wept in the aisles of Whole Foods, but so far I am eagerly picking it up in my spare moments. There's a mother who dabbles in art, and there's a daughter who is going to be a mother. There's a lot more but those are my basic requirements.

    13. Credo che a volte, tra le centinaia di letture in cui siamo immersi durante l'anno, sia un bene trovare una storia che non appartiene al nostro genere, che non avremmo preferito se qualcuno ce ne avesse parlato, di fronte a cui forse avremmo storto il naso.La trama di Facciamo finta che non sia successo niente mi aveva attratta a suo modo, ma ritrovarmi in quella storia mi aveva fatta sentire un'intrusa: non voglio leggere di storie quotidiane di amori che si trascinano, che forse sfociano in tr [...]

    14. Grant e Annabelle sono sposati da molti anni, vivono nel New Hampshire e trascorrono un’esistenza monotona e grigia. I figli, Nick e Sophie, ormai sono grandi, hanno le loro vite e vivono lontano, Grant è ossessionato dal libro che sta scrivendo e ad Annabelle, costantemente in preda a crisi di nervi, non resta che fare la donna di casa, trascurata dal marito col quale fa l’amore ogni mercoledì mattina. Le improvvise complicazioni durante la gravidanza della figlia Sophie, permettono ad An [...]

    15. I think this book was meant to be about love, family, and the consequences of our actions. I think that the author intended that you feel for the main character Annabelle and her inattentive husband who is so involved in his work that he even schedules sex. However, I saw this book as a story of selfishness and infidelity by Annabelle. I didn't feel sorry for her at all. She chose to suddenly marry Grant and follow him to New York City. And as soon as things got difficult, Annabelle had an affai [...]

    16. This book freaked me out: it was the first package that was delivered to me in my new apartment. The apartment I just moved into with my boyfriend. With only my boyfriend. Now, I knew when I moved into this boyfriend-only apartment that it would lead to marriage. And I hate marriage. Just generally. Now, I know, I know "don't hate it til you've tried it," and all that. If you say so.So, The Stuff That Never Happened arrives, and here's this empty-nesting lady-mom deciding that she's going to che [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book. Annabelle is about my age and going through some of the same things (not the affairI promise!) Just that empty next thing. Here's a funny passage:"let me tell you: the one with the most free time loses in all marital discussions. It's a given. So, if you're the less busy person, take my advice and fake extreme busyness."Well, that leaves me out, I'm afraid, because nobody on earth could be busier than Grant" then you'll have to go to Plan B, which is just to embrace t [...]

    18. I had hopes for Maddie Dawson’s The Stuff That Never Happened considering the story is centered around the complicated world of relationships specifically marriage. And yet, about over halfway through the book, it hit me that I’m just basically going through the motions of reading the book with the intent of getting to the finish line. After that realization, it was time to figure out why I wasn’t as engaged in the book as I hoped I would be and it inevitably boils down to what has often h [...]

    19. When Annabelle and Grant got married, they really didn’t know each other all that well. They moved across the country and lived with another young couple and their two children. Something happens in those early years that will haunt their marriage for the rest of their lives. Rather than talk about it, Grant makes Annabelle agree to never mention it again, and in effect, pretend that it never happened. On the surface, that seems to work – they move to New Hampshire, raise two children and se [...]

    20. La mia recensione completa la trovate quakatiusciarigogliosi.iAnnabelle e Grant sono una coppia sposata da quasi 30 anni. Si sono conosciuti all'università, si sono amati, si sono sposati, hanno messo al mondo due figli. Sembrerebbe tutto idiliaco se non fosse che, 26 anni prima, Annabelle tradì il neo-sposo con un Jeremiah, un loro carissimo amico.Storia superata, crisi accantonata e amore familiare al top, tanto che ora stanno per diventare nonni. Ed è durante una visita alla figlia Sophie [...]

    21. I think I wanted to like this more than I did. The cover, for one, is beyond awesome. And the setting, New Hamsphire, is just different enough to evoke intrigue. With those two things going for it I didn't even read the jacket copy, I just swooped it up.New Hampshire resident Annabelle McKay is having a midlife crisis. With her kids gone and her professor husband Grant working on a novel, she finds herself thinking about an affair she had in her twenties with a man named Jeremiah. The book alter [...]

    22. 3.5 starsThis book had a real feel to it. Loved the messages about marriage and the mother and daughter heart-to-heart conversations. Sadly, I couldn't feel the connection between her and Grant. He seemed self-absorbed and selfish. He was always working. How could a college professor be that busy. (view spoiler)[ To me, she married him to escape her family situation. Then later on, I felt that he was her second choice because Jeremiah chose to stay with his family.(hide spoiler)]Favorite passage [...]

    23. I loved this novel, about the "what-if" person who enters our minds unbidden but can't be forgotten--and almost every woman I know has a person like that. It reads so true. "Maybe this is common. Perhaps the whole human race goes around with an ache like this. Maybe we're all dreaming of a person from the tantalizing past who sits there, uninvited, watching from the edge of our consciousness, somebody you find packing up and moving out of your head just as you're waking up in the morning, and wh [...]

    24. Not badNot a bad read about real possible family situations, mostly the relationships to be had after getting married. I didn't love the end.

    25. If it hadn't been for the language in this book I would have given it four stars. I'm picky in how much profanity I will tolerate in a book and this was one had a little too much.But putting that aside - I thought The Stuff That Never Happened was a very interesting look at marriage and extramarital affairs. An interesting look at what constitutes real solid love over the passionate, rip your clothes off kind of excitement. I found myself asking if the later was truly love or just an adrenaline [...]

    26. 3.5 stars I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It was better than "meh" but less than "wow". I don't know what compelled me to read a book with such a difficult plot. It was like reading real life events and even though I relate, it wasn't a revelation. I know this probably doesn't make sense, but all I can say is if you want to read a story with characters who are as close to real people as I've ever met, this is a good book for that. If you've never experienced life to the deg [...]

    27. Loved it. Let me say it again: Loved this book. Read it.The writing is great, the story--heart-breaking b/c it is so real and so true, but uplifting for the same reasons. It's honest. The characters are people you know--maybe you, yourself? Loved the generations of women, how the questions kept going to the next generation, and the answers too, though each generation has to find the answers for themselves. Read it, Now.

    28. 3.5 starsDespite wanting to reach into the book and give one character or another a good shake and tell him or her to stop being such an idiot on more than one occasion, I really enjoyed this story. It's an easy read, but not overly fluffy, with a strong (and sometimes coarse) voice. The author read most of the first chapter at an event in my local library and had me hooked!

    29. I liked this book. At first I thought it would be about a sad lonely wife in a bad marriage. But that wasn't the whole truth.

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