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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fireproof by Eric Wilson


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From Goodreads: Inside burning buildings, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner.

Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter . . . just like her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being "good enough." Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks.

As they prepare for divorce, Caleb's father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb reluctantly agrees, not realizing how it will change his world forever.

Surprised by what he discovers about the meaning of love, Caleb begins to see his wife and marriage as worth fighting for. But is it too late? His job is to rescue others. Now Captain Holt must face his toughest job ever . . . rescuing his wife's heart.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

POSITIVE POINTS: 
+ Excellent fire/rescue scenes

NEGATIVE POINTS: 
- This "40 day love dare", how exactly is it supposed to work if BOTH partners are not involved/actively participating in it?
- All of the wife's "issues" could possibly have been resolved through simple communication without need of the "love dare"
- The wife's flirting with someone else - it makes her seem uncommitted.
- The interaction between the couple. She turns down dinner, after making a HUGE scene and for what? She is portrayed as a bitch for no reason.
- Going along with the above statement, why was the book written out as though men are always to blame?

Again, COMMUNICATION is key for ANY RELATIONSHIP to work, "love dare" or no "love dare". This book just came across in all the wrong ways.  It would have truly been a better read if both characters had known about and had been actively participating in the "40 day love dare". Although the premise is strong and catching, the book just does not back it up.

                Fireproof is available for purchase from Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

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