{download Textbooks} The DilemmaAuthor B.A. Paris – Albawater.co

It s Livia s fortieth birthday and tonight she s having a party, a party she s been planning for a long time The only person missing will be her daughter, MarnieBut Livia has a secret, a secret she s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she s glad their daughter won t be there to celebrate with her Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision


10 thoughts on “The Dilemma

  1. JanB JanB says:

    1.5 starsThis was a boring short story that was stretched out into a full length snooze of a book I basically hate read it Why Let me count the ways The entire book relies on the tired trope of a couple NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER UGH I found it hard to believe a grown ass woman would dream of a 40th birthday party for 20 years, to make up for the big wedding she never had The way she obsesses over the party is utterly ridiculous Grow up already Pages and pages could be skimmed withou 1.5 starsThis was a boring short story that was stretched out into a full length snooze of a book I basically hate read it Why Let me count the ways The entire book relies on the tired trope of a couple NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER UGH I found it hard to believe a grown ass woman would dream of a 40th birthday party for 20 years, to make up for the big wedding she never had The way she obsesses over the party is utterly ridiculous Grow up already Pages and pages could be skimmed without missing a thing 90% of the book was repeating over and over and over again the dilemma Good grief, we get it already Without the repetition the book would have been about 30 pages long The dilemma Each knows a secret that they are keeping from the other Adam s secret is serious and to think he could continue with the party despite his suspicions is utterly ridiculous Just so his immature wife can have her ridiculous party Livia s secret is just plain dumb, as is the way she obsesses over it The ending It was not only pat and unbelievable but it made me angry for all the people who have lived this particular hell There was no tension, just irritation This is a family drama, not a thriller, and a boring one at that.I did finish the book thinking there just might be a payoff at the end There wasn t I m rounding it up to 2 stars simply because I finished it I received a digital copy fromNetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


  2. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    B.A Paris, my Queen.Although very different from her prior works, I still really enjoyed this The narrative is smaller in scope, yet quite intricate as a character study.Following husband and wife pair, Livia and Adam, this story takes place during the course of a single day The day of Livia s much anticipated 40th birthday party.Adam and Livia were married very young and never had the chance to have the wedding of her dreams Livia has always looked on this party as an opportunity to celebra B.A Paris, my Queen.Although very different from her prior works, I still really enjoyed this The narrative is smaller in scope, yet quite intricate as a character study.Following husband and wife pair, Livia and Adam, this story takes place during the course of a single day The day of Livia s much anticipated 40th birthday party.Adam and Livia were married very young and never had the chance to have the wedding of her dreams Livia has always looked on this party as an opportunity to celebrate not just her birthday, but also their relationship.As the day arrives, Livia is dragged down by a monumental secret she is keeping from her husband.Unfortunately, she s not the only one with a secret Adam also has a life changing secret that he is keeping from her.The narrative alternates between the two as they struggle with their decisions to keep such important facts from one another While very introspective in a lot of ways, there is still quite a bit of suspense Over the course of the story, the reader learns the true nature of their respective secrets and what the implications of those could be.As I mentioned above, this novel seemed smaller in scope compared to her previous novels By that I mean, all of the action takes place at their home during the course of a single day.Her previous novels certainly covered larger geographical areas, as well as longer spans of time, making the stories seemcomplex However, I think after you complete this one, and you sit back and think about what you have read, the real intricacies begin to come to light.I cried reading this The characters go through so much, it really moved me.Although I would classify this as a domestic drama versus a psychological thriller, which is what I would classify her earlier novels as, I appreciated it very much for what it is.Her writing style is just so compelling and never fails to keep me glued to the pages.B.A Paris has a fan in me for life I will pick up every book she has published.Thank you so much to the publisher, St Martin s Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review This was absolutely one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it did not disappoint


  3. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I should rename this book with my another favorite Led Zeppelin s song name Communication Breakdown or we may call it Anatomy of Marriage and deliver this heart wrenching, soul crusher, touchy story into talented hands of Noah Baumbach to turn this into a tear jerker movie What do you think if we may have another realistic, memorable movie after Marriage s Story.I have to admit, I didn t expect a dramatic family fiction when I started reading this book When I saw B A Paris name, I thou I should rename this book with my another favorite Led Zeppelin s song name Communication Breakdown or we may call it Anatomy of Marriage and deliver this heart wrenching, soul crusher, touchy story into talented hands of Noah Baumbach to turn this into a tear jerker movie What do you think if we may have another realistic, memorable movie after Marriage s Story.I have to admit, I didn t expect a dramatic family fiction when I started reading this book When I saw B A Paris name, I thought I was about to devour a nail biter, eyes wider, grey cell crusher thriller story So I may have given two stars after the disappointment but I couldn t because this is really good written fiction I truly loved Livia as a character, Adam and her marriage story made me cry, affected me deeply because in my opinion you re not growing up till you get married and spend your life with someone, discovering yourself and learningabout your partner in crime When you get married, you learn how to share, how to fight against tremendous challenges life is throwing at your way, because your marriage teaches you to be selfless, mature, logical Mostly marriage also teaches you to be blind, mute and listen , act lesser.Livia and Adam were so young when they put their rings on and took their first steps to the parenthood when they were also young adults Livia is shunned by her family emotionally and financially And Adam had real hard time to adapt his new life He acted like spoiled brat baby boy who wanted to hang out and play with other boys, riding bikes, rejecting responsibility and put entire parenthood burden on his wife s shoulders He made so many mistakes and now he was adamant to pay his dues and atone his past marriage sins.So our story starts at the 40th birthday party of Livia She s finally having quality time with loved ones and being pampered by her friends and family But Livia is not really happy She s keeping a secret from her husband about her daughter Her husband s favorite, Marnie, their daughter, betrayed their trust and Livia is not ready to face to her daughter who is still in Hong Kong for her education This secret could change everything about their family dynamics, their social circles and close friendships But guess what Her husband is also keeping a secret, too Their daughter is planning to make surprising appearance at her mother s birthday Adam is so happy and determined to compensate his faults and wrongdoings throughout their marriage by giving his wife the most special night she deserves.Then he checks the news and finds out there is a plane crash and their daughter might be in very same plane But he can tell it to his wife and ruin his day Maybe their daughter missed the plane Maybe she was alive, wasn t she You wanna know what s gonna happen Go on and read it It s getting better at each page.I enjoyed book s realism about marriage, friendship, parenthood and the author s way of questioning those matters with honesty Only thing I didn t like is the couple s lack of communication because of their own reasons could befrustrating than you could ever imagine And of course ending ripped my heart apart So I m giving my happily ever after four stars and recommend this heartbreaking journey to you But please keep your napkins, tissues, any kind of tear driers closer and do not wail way too long like I did not to traumatize your lovely neighbors Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for sharing this meaningful ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  4. marilyn marilyn says:

    This is a story about a dilemma that takes place over less than 24 hours but felt like a century, to me Despite the fact that my reading buddies liked this one a lotthan I did, it was still a fun buddy read I pretty much griped about the husband Adam, not making a necessary phone call and continually thinking he should do something but not doing it, on and on and on If I were a violent person, I would have thrown my Kindle across the room, but I m not a violent person and I like my Kind This is a story about a dilemma that takes place over less than 24 hours but felt like a century, to me Despite the fact that my reading buddies liked this one a lotthan I did, it was still a fun buddy read I pretty much griped about the husband Adam, not making a necessary phone call and continually thinking he should do something but not doing it, on and on and on If I were a violent person, I would have thrown my Kindle across the room, but I m not a violent person and I like my Kindle too much to break it And then there was Liv, who I could relate to about as easily as I could relate to a mushroom growing on a faraway planet Liz missed out on her dream wedding which she d been dreaming about before she even knew who she would marry but then she got pregnant and had to have a quickie wedding Because Liv missed out on her dream wedding at the age of 17, she s been obsessing daily about having a huge, 40th birthday party Everyone knows how important this birthday party is to her, nothing can ever interfere with this birthday party Not even the very important, maybe devastating news that her husband has for her, it s so important, but he can t bring himself to tell her this thing because it might ruin his wife s birthday party Really, Liv, you missed out on your dream wedding and instead of having a huge party to renew your wedding vows or something wedding like you make it all about you Your husband is afraid to tell you something very, very important because of how much you have made this birthday party your life goal What are you going to do after it s all over, will there be anything to live for Oh, Liv has something very important that she wants to tell, not only her husband, but several close couples and she knows it s going to upset all the people she tells She s been sitting on it for weeks and really needs to discuss it with one person but she hasn t because of excuses But she s letting this thing color every minute of her very important birthday party At times, her husband almost gets the courage to blurt out his important something but then Liv flits off to do birthday things or to get out of having a deep talk with her husband, during her birthday party These people were wearing me out Publish date June 30th 2020Thank you to St Martin s Press and Edelweiss for this ARC


  5. Kaceey Kaceey says:

    I m in a quandary no, a full fledged dilemma on how to review this one The entire read takes place over the course of just one evening Told from alternating POV of Adam and Livia A misguided couple so desperate to please each other yet so dismally confused on how to accomplish it A birthday party like no other Livia has saved up for years to throw herself the bash of the century for her 40th birthday And no one s stopping this epic event No matter what craziness might be happening aroun I m in a quandary no, a full fledged dilemma on how to review this one The entire read takes place over the course of just one evening Told from alternating POV of Adam and Livia A misguided couple so desperate to please each other yet so dismally confused on how to accomplish it A birthday party like no other Livia has saved up for years to throw herself the bash of the century for her 40th birthday And no one s stopping this epic event No matter what craziness might be happening around hershe won t let it rob her from her stupendous day And Adam He simply wants nothingthan for Livia to have her day But at what cost This book read like a freight train running off the rails I couldn t turn the pages fast enough And basically read it in just a bit over 2 sittings Who needs to eat I was desperate to see how this would turn out I needed to know the ending However, the main characters were so despicable it was hard to sympathize with either of them Livia came off as selfish and self absorbed to the point that she puts herself far above from her family and friends Adamwell I m not even sure what to say about him What s the old saying, if you can t say something nice I ll just say his behavior boggled my mind Did I enjoy it Well yes I certainly did Was it what I expected Ha Not even close Would I recommend it YES If you are looking for a speedy thriller for a weekend read, then this is the one A quick and fun buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Marissa Sangiacomo at St Martin s Press for an ARC to read and review


  6. ReadAlongWithSue ReadAlongWithSue says:

    I found this book hard to put down Each chapter alternates between Olivia and her husband with everything in between.Olivia didn t have a fabulous wedding She s longed and planned for her 40th birthday, what seems like, all her life She s saved and invested all her years focused on it.But does her birthday huge party go off with a bang It sure does But not in the way we think Olivia is walking around with a secret And we get to read what she s really thinking and feeling.And a dark cloud I found this book hard to put down Each chapter alternates between Olivia and her husband with everything in between.Olivia didn t have a fabulous wedding She s longed and planned for her 40th birthday, what seems like, all her life She s saved and invested all her years focused on it.But does her birthday huge party go off with a bang It sure does But not in the way we think Olivia is walking around with a secret And we get to read what she s really thinking and feeling.And a dark cloud of revelation is hanging over her husband that day And we get to read what s going on in his head, and his emotions.They have two grown children And we get some tearful times with Dad and his son that brought a lump to my throat Emotional at times.Picturing the birthday party in my head was so well played out with top star characters being there.I grew to love Nelson A best friend of her husband The parental family enveloping from her husbands side was lovely and all that it should be Family support in crisis At one time I thought it was a bit drawn out that s why it has 4 from me But don t be misled because I absolutely was invested in this book 100% and .We see about communication.We learn about good intentions that can go badly wrong.We learn about family and relationships.And we learn about love Pure unselfish love.And we learn about grief.It s one I ll remember for quite some time.This author astounds me with her abilities and insight to human depths of character


  7. Holly B Holly B says:

    Some frustrating characters in this one This author has been a little hit and miss with me, I ve read all of her books In my opinion, this one is NOT a thriller, butof a family relationship drama.The entire novel centers around a twenty four hour period and a married couple Livia and Adam The story revolves around Livia s 40th Birthday bash Her daughter Marnie won t be attending I was extremely frustrated at both of them to the point of wanting to scream at them Livia was unbe Some frustrating characters in this one This author has been a little hit and miss with me, I ve read all of her books In my opinion, this one is NOT a thriller, butof a family relationship drama.The entire novel centers around a twenty four hour period and a married couple Livia and Adam The story revolves around Livia s 40th Birthday bash Her daughter Marnie won t be attending I was extremely frustrated at both of them to the point of wanting to scream at them Livia was unbelievably obsessed with this party and Adam, well, he drove me insane with his actions I was getting frustrated and at the same time wanting to know where the missing daughter was and why these two parents weren t sharing what they knew They just continued their partying.I did enjoy it, but there is quite a bit of repetition with the same events being repeated over and over caused much skimming because I was tiring of the party shenanigans, but I also really wanted to know about Marnie.I was compelled to keep reading and find out the answers to my questions Where was Marnie What is going to happen Is she going to show up at this party I won t spoil the ending, but I will say, it wasn t the end I expected I m sure Paris fans will enjoy this one, but for me it was a bit lacking in the execution and left me feeling a little bewildered Really Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy OUT in June 2020


  8. Susanne Strong Susanne Strong says:

    4 Stars.Most spouses keep a few secrets from each other, am I right Everyone does it and it s the reason why this novel will getcha Livia and Adam have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Josh, 22 and Marnie, 19 Having had a small wedding ceremony way back when, Livia has been scrimping and saving for 20 years to have a huge 40th Birthday Party to make up for what she has always dreamed of.Livia s party would almost be perfect, if only..Livia never planned to keep this secr 4 Stars.Most spouses keep a few secrets from each other, am I right Everyone does it and it s the reason why this novel will getcha Livia and Adam have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Josh, 22 and Marnie, 19 Having had a small wedding ceremony way back when, Livia has been scrimping and saving for 20 years to have a huge 40th Birthday Party to make up for what she has always dreamed of.Livia s party would almost be perfect, if only..Livia never planned to keep this secret from Adam for so long, yet, the longer she keeps it, the harder it is to utter She knows that if she fesses up, it will destroy both her husband Adam, and several of her friends lives.Adam just wanted to do something special for Livia on her birthday He never imagined the horror his surprise would inflict on his entire family. now he can t fathom telling them the truth The Dilemma is a novel that makes you think about intentions, both good and bad and how they can be perceived Communication in a marriage is oh so important and yet, it s not that easy is it Sometimes, as we all know, pretending is easier This novel made me think about secrets Little White Lies and those Big Old Whoppers We ve all told em Now I wonder if they were worth it Told from the perspectives of Livia and Adam, The Dilemma is nothing like I expected it to be Livia and Adam, are, in my opinion, wholly unlikeable and that made for an extremely interesting read It s hard for me to love a novel when I don t like the characters and yet, this is highly addictive This novel, which isof a domestic family drama, is a departure for B A Paris It is one that will make your heart catch, your throat tighten and your nerve endings feel raw It is very well done and I recommend it to fans of B A Paris and any one who loves fiction of all kinds This was a Christmas buddy read with Kaceey and I m so glad I got to share it with her Thank you to Marissa Sangiacomo at St Martin s Press and B A Paris for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 12.29.19


  9. Debra Debra says:

    A husband and wife with secrets Livia and Adam are protecting their secret from each other One believes his her secret is damaging The other knows his her secret is heartbreaking Both are keeping his her secret from the other as it is the day of Livia s 40th Birthday party A party she has been waiting to have for a long, long, time Both intend to tell the other his her secret after the party But how How does one keep it together Who does one keep on a happy face when his her world has b A husband and wife with secrets Livia and Adam are protecting their secret from each other One believes his her secret is damaging The other knows his her secret is heartbreaking Both are keeping his her secret from the other as it is the day of Livia s 40th Birthday party A party she has been waiting to have for a long, long, time Both intend to tell the other his her secret after the party But how How does one keep it together Who does one keep on a happy face when his her world has been devastated forever I found this to be a fast read, but will I remember it in six months time Most likely as the B.A Paris book that I enjoyed the least I found this to be a fast read but felt that it would have worked just as well as a novella Plus, even though I get that one individual wanted to keep the secret until there was concrete proof but at the same time, I thought, seriously, this is something that should not have been kept secret But as you can tell, these people are flawed They both have their reasons for their secrets whether we agree with those reasons or not So how do they tell their secrets How do the secrets come out What happens next How does life change for them Do you agree with both keeping their secrets until after the party What would you have done I know how I would have handled things How would you have handled them Making the title of this book to be absolutely perfect.I enjoyed the book, but it didn t wow me as much as her other books did Her other books The Breakdown and Behind Closed Doors wowed meThe Dilemna, although a fast read, was also repetitive It was, like her other books that I have read, well written Even though this not my favorite by B.A Paris, I will be on the lookout for future books.I received a copy of this book from ST Martins Press and NetGalley in return for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  10. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    2 stars because I made it to the endThis is a case where theI thought about this book, theI turned to the dark side where the words god I so dislike this story entered my mind. So what words describe a book like thislackluster, boring, nonsensical, immature, egotistical are a few that come to mind Of course none of them indicate a book that I would recommend.First the premise of a woman who missed out on a big fairy tale wedding and now has scrimped and saved for countless yea 2 stars because I made it to the endThis is a case where theI thought about this book, theI turned to the dark side where the words god I so dislike this story entered my mind. So what words describe a book like thislackluster, boring, nonsensical, immature, egotistical are a few that come to mind Of course none of them indicate a book that I would recommend.First the premise of a woman who missed out on a big fairy tale wedding and now has scrimped and saved for countless years to throw herself a fortieth birthday party was ridiculous For pity sake, if you missed a wedding why not throw one for you and your husband Countless people do so are you so narcissistic yes that it must always be all about you Oh and she has a secret, one she can t share with her husband by the way And then there was the husband, hiding a secret so awful that he let his beloved wife go through her day without telling her the horrible news My god, this is your wife, the person you share everything with Why would you not share this Shouldn t you both be able to face this happening together are husband and wife, as parents Yes, the tragedy was horrendous, one that no parent should ever experience, but at the end of the long drawn out, or what could have been a short story in Reader s Digest, we find everything back to normal The tragedy has been handled, the secret has not been exposed, and life goes on its merry way Absurd