At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Raleigh. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear… and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
I’m not gonna lie, I got this book because of the cover. It’s just too cute to pass up on.
Like most of Nicholas Sparks’ books, Two by Two has a slow start. At the beginning, I can tell I was really going to like Russell. He has high hopes and dreams. The sad thing about him is that he lets his wife walk all over him. Even knowing their financial situations, she still does whatever she wants and gets kind of pissy when she has to get a job to help out.
I’m going to go on a little rant of why I don’t like Vivian right now. She’s bossy. She gets bitchy when things don’t go her way. She makes her daughter do things she doesn’t want to do. She’s just an all around bitch and I’m not too sure what in the world Russ saw in her when they were dating. She’s not supportive of Russ or his dreams.
Anyway, Russ quits his so far successful job to branch out and start his own business. It doesn’t start out so well which causes Vivian to get a job to help bring some money in the house. Things start to go downhill from there. Vivian is gone a lot, leaving Russ to watch London all day. Meaning, he hardly has time to actually work because she won’t find a good daycare to put London in!
This is the typical family. Everything about this book screams reality. This book is so realistic, it hurts. I hurt for Russ and London for what they go through.
The beginning of the book had me smiling. Happy for Russ and Vivian. As the book went on, I got angry. When it ended, I was in tears.
This book is moving, inspirational. Sparks hit a home run with this one.