Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright follows Elyse who is nearing 40 and unhappily married with a young daughter. She meets an attractive married man aboard a plane when she is asked to change seats. This is the start to a change in Elyse's life that she never expected. Life is never the same for Elyse after this chance encounter with a stranger that she finds herself attracted to.
Elyse must decide if she will pursue an affair with Gerry and after a roller coaster of emotions she dives in headfirst. Elyse starts to confront her own discontentment in her marriage to a distant husband. She realizes that she has been unhappy with Phil for a long time. She loves being a mother and is able to balance this with a career as she works at home as a pottery artist. She looks at her friends lives who also have their own marital issues but fail to acknowledge them openly. These friends, are all in book club together. As Elyse shares her feelings with them they are forced to confront their own feeling in their marriages. They also must deal with knowing a secret about Elyse and challenge her to think about what she is doing with her life.
The author, Kim Wright, shows that women can easily find themselves in unhappy marriages for a variety of reasons. There are choices that women and men make that effect marriages and it's easy to let things go and not face them until it is too late. We often don't know what is going on in our friends lives, are they really happy? Women often confide in their girlfriends and this is the case with Elyse. She shared her feelings with some of her book club friends and faced judgement and understanding. I can see this happening in a book club, and some friends may keep quiet while others would challenge someone in Elyse's situation.
Love in Mid Air takes an interesting perspective on how an affair and divorce effects a marriage and a woman's friendships including a book club. There are a variety of characters that a reader can relate to in this book. If you don't care for or relate to Elyse and the choices she makes, you may relate to her friends. This would be a great book to discuss with a book club as it covers so many issues related to women, marriage, divorce, parenting, friendships and book clubs. I could easily see a heated discussion about the choices Elyse made in her actions during her affair and what her friends choose to do that know she is having an affair.
Disclosure: Thanks to Hachette for sending me a galley copy of this book for review. I am an Amazon associate.