Friday, October 9, 2015

Accidents of Marriage Book Review & Giveaway**Closed**

I have a really good book to share with you today called Accidents of Marriage written by Randy Susan Meyers that I think you will all enjoy reading.
Maddy, a social worker, is trying to balance her career and three children, but her husband’s verbal furies have made the family wary and frightened. Where once his fiery passion had been reserved for defending his clients, now he’s lashing out at all of them. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids—keeping a fragile peace—until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Emma. A People magazine Book Pick, Accidents of Marriage is a “beautifully written, poignant, and thought-provoking novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness. 
My Thoughts:
This was a powerful book that talks and shows us how domestic abuse can take a course all of it's own before anyone realizes what has happened. And it can happen to the best and brightest, because in this particular story the husband is a lawyer, so you know he has to be pretty smart to go through all that schooling and the money spent on his education. But, it goes to show, when you have a problem, it doesn't matter how good a job you have, you still abuse your family.
Maddy gets pretty banged up and ends up in the hospital and her worst fear has now come true, her husband is alone at home with their 3 children! And when her fears are confirmed, that is the last straw for her.

I am actually surprised that women even wait this long to do something. I have never put up with this from anyone I dated or married. You even think of raising your fist to me and I am out the door so fast it would make your head spin! And I am not talking hypothetical either. I had someone who threatened to end one of my pregnancies one time and I looked him dead in the eye and told him if he ever touched me, my father (who retired as a Staff Sgt. after 22 years in the Army) would kill him.

His fist stopped in mid air and then he ran! I then called my parents and told them to come get me. No second chances, nothing! Even though he begged me and cried and carried on how sorry he was, I was done. I have always stood up for myself and I wish other women would too. Even if I didn't have my father, I would have found a way.

This is a very powerful story and I hope reading about what Maddy and her children went through and then came out on the other side will help other women realize that they too can have a life afterwards, whatever that may entail. You will be surprised at the ending but if you have a good man who lost his way, it just might help him to also read this book.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being Karen and The Family Nobody Wanted. Shortly I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Once my girls left for college, I threw myself deeper into social service and education by working with batterers and victims of domestic violence. I’m certain my novels are imbued with all the above, as well as my journey from obsessing over bad boys to loving a good man.

Many things can save your life—children who warm your heart, the love of a good man, a circle of wonderful friends, and a great sister. After a tumultuous start in life, I’m lucky enough to now have all these things. I live in Boston with my husband.
I decided to hold a giveaway and give one reader my copy of this paperback because I hope if we share this book enough, maybe it might inspire someone else to stand up for herself and her family. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product.  All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 


Stacy said...

I enjoy young adult titles as I had to keep up with what my students would want to read. For myself I try to read popular fiction and dystopian lit.

Megan Parsons said...

I love Amish books, but also like to read anything that has meaning and is inspirational.

Meredith said...

Usually romance....and I can read lots of different kinds--historical, paranormals, mysteries.

Misty said...

I love to read all kinds of books, but I think true crime books are my favorite. (