Thanks to Author Maddie Dawson, we’re giving away a hardcover copy of the The Stuff That Never Happened.
What happens when your children leave the nest? How does a parent cope when the halls of their home are silent? Annabelle McKay has no idea. In fact, she’s been trying to hold it together now that her married daughter is starting a family of her own and her son is away at college. But beneath it all, she’s devastated and finds herself tearing up in the most unlikely places like the grocery store. Perhaps it would all be possible if the man she spent three decades married to wasn’t locked away in his office working on a novel every day and night . She begins to wonder about the stuff they both vowed to never mention again. An affair. Her affair. Did she choose the right man? The right path? Where would her life be if she had divorced her husband Grant?
In the midst of it all, she receives a frantic phone call from her daughter who’s pregnancy is threatened, Annabelle flys to New York to be at her daughter’s side. Finally, she’s appreciated by someone. In the weeks that follow, daughter and mother bond as details of their marriages unravel…and Annabelle runs into her Misterse (what I like to call a guy mistress). She suddenly has the chance to follow a new path or hold true to the man she vowed to love through the good times and bad?
This novel is one that hits real issues in a long-term marriage head on without being shy. At the same time, it warms the heart as you learn why she fell in love with her husband. The book’s chapters alternate between today and the day she met her husband, weaving in the events that took place that shaped their marriage forever. I loved this book. It dealt with so many complex issues seen in marriage, new and old, as well as the bonds parents make with their children for life. I also loved the interaction between the newly married daughter and her mother.
The only part I did not altogether like was the mention of Annabelle’s pot use with her brother (who became addicted) when she was in college. I just do not particularly like reading about drugs or addiction even though it’s a very, very small part in the book. However, I absolutely loved the honesty employed in the book on that topic at the same time 😀
That being said, it’s a funny, suspenseful read that will tug at your heart strings!
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1) What’s the longest relationship you’ve been in?
For me? I’ve been married to my husband for six years and we’ve been together for seven 😀