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To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise.

But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

'To be Sung Wunderwater' is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

Goodreads Summary

Judith always believed in marriage.  She has her dream job and a husband she considered nice enough.  Now, she wonders if her husband is cheating on her and her thoughts continually drift to Willy, a boy she loved long ago.  The novels switches between the past and the present.  The reader will get a sense of what went on long ago and how Judith came to make her present choices.  Judith is an interesting character, she is nice, caring, and overall "smart" in her choices... 

The reader will get to know Judith very well, to the point of guessing her decisions before they happen.  Judith is a sympathetic character, her great life is not exactly what it seems.  Judith wonders about her past life and how her friends are doing, specifically Deena-a very intriguing character-and Willy.  Her current lifestyle is nothing like her hippie mothers' or her fathers'-who has multiple affairs.  She now has to choose between Willy and her current lifestyle...or can she merge the two in some way?  This novel is fast-paced and fun to read.  This book would be great for adults who enjoy women's fiction.

4 Stars