#BookReview: A Foolish Consistency by Andrea Weir

Reviewer: Mary

I received a review copy

A Foolish ConsistencySummary:

Sparks fly when Callie Winwood comes face-to-face with Will Tremaine, the man she fell in love with and thought she d marry twenty-five years earlier. A chance encounter in a hospital emergency room reignites the feelings they have harbored for each other for more than two decades.

But their journey back to one another is anything but simple. In the two years since the death of his wife, Joanna, which he believes he caused, Will has devoted himself to caring for his young son and daughter.

As Will and Callie wrestle with their own personal histories of love and loss, they must also navigate the complex emotions of Will s children, who still grieve for their mother. At the same time, they must struggle with Joanna s family, who will do anything to avoid facing the truth about their own lives.

Callie and Will come together at last, but their happy ending is short lived. When a scandal threatens to unravel their respective families, they put their children above all else and agree to separate for good. That is, until an unexpected ally intervenes on their behalf.

A Foolish Consistency explores the dynamics of families in crisis and the emotional damage wrought by unacknowledged fear and grief. Yet it is also a passionate love story, and a testament to the power of hope, the importance of forgiveness, and, ultimately, the joy of redemption.


When Callie Winwood visits one of her closest friends, she never expects to reunite with her former love, Will Tremaine—in the emergency room of all places. The last time she saw him they were 25 years younger and saying goodbye for what they thought would be the last time. Callie went on to marry and divorce Joe, the father of her two college-aged children, and Will is widowed to Joanna, the mother of his two younger children. On top of that, Joanna’s parents are overbearing and protective of their grandchildren and would choose to live like she was still alive. Add this to an unforeseen scandal, and you get one complicated relationship. Callie and Will try to make things work, but it seems like everything is stacked against them. Maybe they weren’t meant to be and this is fates way of keeping them apart. Or maybe, the love that kept them connected all these years will keep them together in the end.

It’s easy to get lost in this story and relate to the characters, as the author switches perspectives from Callie to Will—and occasionally to Will’s daughter. You find Callie living alone in a condo on the beach, with her dog as her main companion. After a failed marriage torn apart by her husband’s unfaithfulness, you root for Callie to end up with the man she always kept tucked in the back of her heart. The reader meets Will in a lonely place, grieving the loss of his wife who suffered mental issues and died at a time in their marriage when he didn’t know if they would last. His young children are dealing with the loss of their mother, while he is attempting to hold the family together as a single dad and fulltime emergency room physician. Will and Callie want to make things work – and as the reader, you desperately want things to fall into place – but it just seems like it’s not in the cards for them. You won’t be able to put this book down until you discover where the consistency lies. Is it in the couple staying together or being ripped apart?

 4 stars

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