This may not have jumped out at me so strongly if I hadn’t read two books in a row that “solve” dissatisfaction in life with an affair. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and Pilate’s Wife by Antoinette May both follow female main characters who decide that their husbands don’t deserve their fidelity. No one said being faithful to a spouse was easy. No one said you would feel “in love” forever. Love is not a feeling; it is a choice.
I want to read a book where the main character chooses their husband over a potential lover. I want to read about their daily decisions to keep showing love even when they are not feeling love. These are compelling stories, realistic stories, inspiring stories. Let’s raise the standard of today’s fiction and honor those people who show a commitment to their marriage and their spouse, through better or worse.