CHEATED

Dead Suse and Ella,

Last year my girlfriend of seven years cheated me with his best friend (also a friend of mine). She finally chose me and I gave her a second chance, but I still cannot forget it and often have bad and unproductive thoughts. Can you suggest to me something to read to let the past and him go and enjoy
my present life?
Yours sincerely,

Cheated
Dear Cheated,
We have two books for you that will show how it is possible to move on and look to the future, and also to forgive. The first, Instructions for a Heatwave, by Maggie O Farrell, shows among other plot lines, a couple who are struggling because the male partner had a moment of infidelity that made his wife question the foundations of their marriage. O Farrell delicately illustrates the way that these things can happen inadvertently, to be deeply regretted, and finally put into the couple's history; not forgotten, but forgiven. Apart from being an excellent book, and an ideal one to read in these chilly times (reminding us of that wonderful summer of '76), it is a book that reveals quite a few people who need to forgive each other - each of them manage this in different ways. The other book that we feel will help you is A M Holmes May we be Forgiven. Again, infidelity is shown, and in this case, it has terrible consequences. The book begins with one of the most intense sequences of dramatic events that we have ever read, including accidental death of a carload of people, marital infidelity and mental instability in the extreme. After this high-pitched start you might imagine it can only go downhill, but Holmes keeps up the intensity, and this is a darkly funny and redemptive book. Both of these novels will show you ways to move forwards, to accept and to forgive.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O Farrell
May we be Forgiven by A M Holmes

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