Published by Flatiron Books on August 29th 2017
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What happens when you life does not turn out the way you expected?
Joan Ashby is a writer. She writes dark stories which are a big hit. She plans to keep on writing but then finds herself pregnant. She and Martin have made a pact – they will not have children. But once she finds that she is pregnant and he is excited about it, she decides to embrace Motherhood.
She gives birth to two sons while putting her writing on the back burner. Over the course of their upbringing, she returns to writing in secret. She believes that her new work will be a big hit but then the unexpected happens – she is betrayed. She is left with the thought of what to do about this betrayal. How does she cope? What is her next step?
She goes on a journey in an attempt for rediscovery of her self. She never intended to fall in love, be a wife or a Mother and she has done all of the above. How does she get back to herself? Back to basics so to speak? Thus beings the next phase of her life.
To be honest, this was a hard one for me. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I would read a little and then begin another book, finish it and come back to this book. I did this several times. Sometimes I enjoy when there is a book within a book – or in this case: Joan’s stories inside this book. But in this case, the stories made this book drag a little for me. I imagine the Author wanted to showcase Joan’s work as an Author. It definitely makes sense, but for some reason, it did not work for me. As I mentioned I had a hard time getting into this book, until around the betrayal part.
This book felt incredibly long to me. There were times I did not think I was going to finish it. I even contemplated skimming it but as I was asked by the publisher to read it, I read the entire thing. It took quite some time. As I have mentioned a couple of times this book was a struggle. I did not connect to any of the characters nor did I feel for any of them. I also felt the book could use some more editing. Another thing that did not work for me was the changing of third person narrative to first person to another person’s point of view. The betrayal part made this book a 3 star for me and not a lower one.
I received a copy of this book from Flatiron books in exchange for an honest review.