This is a book where the author gives her readers a look into the life of a mother and wife where life isn’t always happy. Our author marries a man who has been married before and who hasn’t learned from the mistakes he may have made before. Her life seems to be like a train ride that builds up steam and then there are things that lead to a derailment.
Ms. Mickelwait introduces us to her children and how marriage, and subsequent divorce, has affected her children. It seemed as if the husband knew which child to use against his wife. He turned her into a real brat. Said brat would use her mother when things got to be too much for her. I had to wonder if she has read/listened to this book and how she felt about how she was portrayed. Not sure if our author was trying to protect her son but he didn’t seem to have any of the issues we see in his sister.
I’ve listened to fiction where an author reads their story and I tend not to be impressed. With this book I think it was the perfect choice. She lets the reader feel as if we’re friends sitting at a table, or being comfortable in a living room chair, and she’s telling us what’s going on in her life. And that includes after her ex has passed away. It was hard to be sympathetic when she allowed her ex to keep doing things that created a toxic environment. But I know how it can be hard especially when children are involved.
The audiobook is rather long, and it’s a lot to take in, so don’t expect to get this done in one day. I did have to step away for a little while in order to process everything that she was dealing with. Her doing it in parts helped in where I would stop. Her ending shows that things can’t change overnight – a lot of years can’t be corrected overnight. An empty nest can be a hard adjustment to make. If you’ve been through something similar, you might feel compassion. If not, you will probably have a different feeling.