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Summary

From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Whisper Me This comes an emotional and sharply witty novel about how life’s unexpected detours can ultimately bring you home.

For thirty years Liz has perfectly played the part of Mrs. Thomas Lightsey, exemplary pastor’s wife and mother. But maintaining appearances for the congregation and catering to her demanding husband takes a toll, and she’s lost herself in meeting the expectations of others. When Thomas suddenly dies, Liz feels shock, grief, and, to her surprise, the siren song of freedom. Dare she dream of a life to call her own?

Despite the resistance of her daughter, Abigail, to even the smallest changes, Liz lands a role at the community theater. Inspired by new friends and the character she plays, she explores life’s possibilities, including an unexpected - and steamy - relationship with her leading man.

Just when Liz thinks she might be winning, life hits her with an unthinkable shock. She’s pregnant at forty-nine. Torn between conflicting loyalties to her daughter, her lover, her unborn baby, and herself, can Liz find a way to rebuild her dream life one more time?

©2020 Kerry Anne King (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • NickyL
  • 24-09-20

down with the patriarchy!

Boy, talk about a sad state of affairs. I can see this book being a little controversial because our main character is a pious, submissive, and dutiful preacher's wife, and when her oppressive husband and his strict and old-fashioned views of marriage and "wifely duties" suddenly and unexpectedly dies one day, Liz finds herself free from the chains she's lived with for years and years. She decides to live her life for herself for a change, much to everyone else's dismay, of course, including her adult daughter.

I found this to be a fun and interesting read. Liz's liberation leads to some interesting predicaments but also some great new friendships and the ability to learn about herself and who she really is. Much more will come to light before it's all said and done, and you'll find yourself hating the patriarchy if you're anything like me while reading this. The ending, though, was very much satisfying, and I think those who enjoy more seasoned romance and women's fiction will enjoy this meaningful story.

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  • Mountain YaYa
  • 02-12-20

Worth it!

For the first thirty or so minutes I thought if this doesn’t get better soon it’s not worth it. It did and it was so worth it. I came to love the strong characters, the loving and supportive community that grew around Liz as she reclaimed herself by saying yes to life for the first time in 30 years. In the process she slowly sheds the encasement of expectations and judgement she has been trapped in, finding her voice and charting her new path. So worth it!!!

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  • Amy Wofford
  • 20-10-20

49 is not too late to begin life.

This story was refreshing, not everybody's life is perfect. Not everybody's children are perfect, and as parents we can only do our best.

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  • B4rd
  • 15-10-20

Loved

This was a wonderful story and the narrators brought the characters to life so well. I would highly recommend.

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  • Agnes
  • 14-10-20

What a gem of a story

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the performance. Many times laughing and then tears at the heartbreaking moments.

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  • Jocey
  • 26-02-21

Melodramatic but I dug it

I've read King before so I had some ideas of what I was in for.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-20

not worth the credit

I found the characters very hard to like, and the story predictable - was definitely more "romance" novel than I expected