The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks (Book Summary)

Vanessa thought that her husband, Richard, is perfect. The two of them met on an airplane. Richard has his own nickname for Vanessa, which is Nellie. They married and moved to the suburbs and tried to lead a normal life, where Richard works and Vanessa stays at home, and make sure everything’s all set when Richard gets home. She thought that she got so lucky to marry Richard, who is very understanding and generous, however she was wrong. Seven years later, Richard asked her to leave. Vanessa currently lives with her Aunt Charlotte since Richard already sent him outside, and he will be marrying someone else soon. Richard is already engaged to Emma, his assistance. He had an affair with Emma while still being married to Vanessa. Vanessa never thought that Richard would end up marrying Emma, she was sad at first but in the end all she wanted was to save Emma from Richard.

The truth was Vanessa wanted to escape Richard ever since he started hurting her during their fights, but she could not leave him. When she saw Emma, Richard’s beautiful assistant, she formed a plan. She will use Emma and the time Richard spends in the office and on business trips with Emma. She succeeded, something Richard fell for Emma and she was free atlast. She could’ve been rejoicing her success but she realized one thing – she is putting Emma in danger. She wanted to save Emma and to avoid what happened to Maggie from happening again. Maggie was Vanessa’s friend back in college who died when she left her on the pledge night. She was supposed to look after Maggie, but she went to Daniel’s house, a teacher who is her boyfriend that got her pregnant. When she went to Daniel’s house she discovered that he is married, so she had the baby aborted.

After many attempts of making Emma believe her, Emma finally decided to talk to her and listen. Emma realized that Vanessa’s claims were making sense, and she is already having doubts with marrying Richard – but she couldn’t think of a way out of the situation. Emma was angry at first when she discovered that Vanessa planned Richard’s affair, but she later on decided to cooperate with Richard, although they don’t have a plan yet. 
Realizing that Richard wont stop. Vanessa could save Emma, but Richard will just move on to the next girl. In order to permanently stop Richard, Vanessa needed to do something. So he met Richard face to face, made him angry until he was hurting her, and when he hurt her, Emma and Maureen saw. Having witnesses helped, Richard ended up being confined to a clinic. When Vanessa visited Richard, he asked her for another chance, to start again, but she knew better. Maureen also discussed with her what she thinks will be best for Richard. When Vanessa returned the ring, Maureen took it and wore it. (Maureen is Richard’s older sister, the only family he is left since their parents died in a car crash.)

The truth: Emma revealed to Vanessa that she also planned the affair with Richard as a revenge. Emma is Daniel’s son, who saw Vanessa through the window when she came to talk to Daniel. Emma wanted revenge because she partly blames Vanessa when her father left them. After everything that happened, Emma knew better – she now knows that Vanessa never intended to ruin her family because she never knew that Daniel was married.

They moved on with their lives. At the end of the story, Vanessa visited Kate, a woman she visited before to talk about her marriage with Richard. It turns out that Kate is also Richard’s ex. She has a limp she got when she finally left Richard. 

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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