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  • By Sarah Arlen on September 21, 2015

    Sharing the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly is a hard thing to do, but Louisa Leontiades has done it in this memoir (which I highly recommend reading with the new companion book, Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self: A Companion Guide to The Husband Swap). If you want to really see what one person's first-time experience of polyamory was like without the rough stuff edited out, this book fits the bill.There is so much joy in Louisa's experiences as she goes on her polyamorous journey, and we get to ride along vicariously with that happiness. But I think the honesty about the hard times makes her story truly relatable to everyone. Whether or not you're polyamorous, if you've been through the struggle of not knowing what to do when your family doesn't accept you for all that you are, of butting up against demons inside you that sabotage what you're sure you want out of life, of exploring a new world while not always feeling "good enough," then this book will speak to you.Seeing inside someone's soul is the point of a memoir, so that we can learn from their experiences without having to suffer through the rough stuff ourselves, and for that, this book is a gem.Recommended for polyamorists, but also anyone struggling with being "different," for anyone questioning relationship structures and for people wanting to better understand some of the realities of open relationships.

  • By missmickee-bookreview on September 3, 2015

    Even in modern culture, polyamory, that is good , mature, cultivated and loving relationships between consenting adults seems like a radical alternative choice or lifestyle few people understand or practice. "The Husband Swap: A True Story of Unconventional Love" authored by Louisa Leontiades is a surprising tastefully done and well written memoir of her own marriage and open relationships.While in therapy after Louisa's extra martial affair ended, neither she or husband Gilles wanted to divorce. Instead, at the suggestion of her therapist they both decided to explore possibility of an open marriage. There would be rules: any newcomer had to be aware of the "open" agreement, protection, protection, protection- safe sex always, and the new relationships wouldn't harm either spouse. Later, they were contacted online by Morten and Elena, an experienced long time married couple in open relationships. Sparks flew even before she and Gilles met this couple, and soon there was an engaging loving dynamic between them all, Louisa eventually considered Elena to be her "sister wife," she loved Morten greatly and Elena loved Gilles just as much.It seems challenging enough to find happiness in a conventional marriage and relationship, so it wasn't surprising that there were complications and issues to be worked out. At the start Elena had great difficulty being apart from Gilles: she was an extremely dramatic, direct, often uncompromising woman insisting on her own way. The relationship between Elena and Gilles was consuming and passionate, they broke-up and reunited often. Understandably this put quite a strain on Morten who needed to take time off work to console his wife, while Gilles and Louisa were gradually drifting apart.Interestingly, Louisa wrote a well recieved magazine article in Marie Claire about her open relationship and polyamory. In public these couples were often shunned or asked to leave a restaurant if they were too visible or forward announcing their unconventional relationship status. Their families were not very accepting of their choices and voiced their disapproval, as did several friends; some more understanding than others.As the story moved towards its fascinating conclusion, details are left out concerning Louisa's new circumstances and partners, the story didn't continue with the prior openness after a certain point. The threat to the original marital bonds were predictable, yet with all these conflicts Louisa emerged stronger and more self aware, loving more deeply and intimately then she ever thought possible- and seemed to find much satisfaction and happiness. Many thanks and much appreciation to Thorntree Press, LLC for the e-ARC for the purpose of review.Louisa Leontiades is a freelance writer, her work featured in many notable publications including the Huffington Post. She lives in Sweden, has open relationships, and is the mother of 2 children.

  • By Mariah Papaya on September 13, 2015

    I was amused and reminded of my own experiences, if you are curious about how things could go right and or wrong, this story will give you some scaffolding to build from.

  • By John Paul Sassone on March 15, 2016

    As one member of a polyamorous household I was very interested in reading this book. While I couldn't relate to everything she wrote I did relate to enough of it to get a lot out of it. Reading about her experiences made me laugh one minute and squirm the next. It's a realistic, though short view of her quad and the struggles they go through. It should be required reading for anyone thinking about living the poly lifestyle, as it shows how fantasy and reality can clash.

  • By Ginny Brown on May 5, 2015

    The Husband Swap is an intimate and passionate retelling of a polyamorous relationship that ended. It is frank and relatable -- certainly for poly people, and probably for anybody who's loved intensely under difficult circumstances. Leontiades' writing is clear, honest, and self-revealing. I started the book at noon and finished it by midnight... a swift and engaging read.I found the foreword disappointing -- it seemed focused on defending polyamory as a lifestyle, and on treating the book as something to learn from rather than just a story of four people's feelings and experiences. The book itself is much less "Here's what we did wrong" and more "Here's what happened, and here's how it felt." Leontiades clearly has compassion for everybody involved, even though she feels deeply hurt by some of them, and as a reader I wanted everybody involved to find their own ways to live and thrive.

  • By MICHÓN NEAL on March 31, 2015

    This is a wonderful, heartbreaking, and uplifting story of love, loss, and brutal honesty. It peels away the layers of expectations, misinformation, and all the ways people normally hide from one another. It's never easy to write about such personal tragedy or joy, and Louisa writes frankly and with insight that is helpful for anyone who has ever loved another person (or several persons). I finished it in one day; I couldn't put it down. It's hilarious, sensual, and refreshing. I love reading but very few books have the depth and bravery included in this memoir. If you're looking for a true tale of how to open your heart and deal with the consequences, this book is for you. It doesn't matter what kinds of relationships you have, there's something in it for everyone.

  • By Sahasrara Aten RA on August 23, 2015

    I really enjoyed reading this autobiography on Louisa Leontiades' poly life. It showed a different take on what most people think that polyamory is and she's very honest about the pitfalls she experienced within her quad.


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