Culberson adeptly portrays characters with their own distinct traits and flaws, compelling the reader to examine how she defines happily ever after outside
of a fairy tale.

Ray has no clue how unhappy his wife, Hope, is with him. He loves her and wants her to be a stay-at-home mother to their sons. Financially they can afford it, but neither money nor passionate lovemaking can spare them from the costs of Hope's discontent. When another man strokes her ego and encourages her ambitions, it leads to an affair. (Dafina, Jan., 320 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton