It seemed longer than just twelve hours ago that I walked out on my husband during our anniversary dinner.
Rating: 4! (though 1/2 because I may read this on a rainy day when I'm feeling down and want to kick my boyfriend)
Okay, this is when you know you're addicted to fairy tales: When the mere sight of "fairy tale" makes you giddy like a school girl (where does this idiom come from? I don't remember being a giddy school girl when I was in school). So this is why I had wanted to read this, plus the premise of a woman leaving her husband for a marriage sabbatical - be truthful now, ladies, haven't we all been at that point of our sanity at some point in our relationships? I know I have!
So we meet AnnieLaurie and Jess McFall on the evening of their 26th anniversary. AnnieLaurie has been slowly losing sanity from:
- single-handedly running the financial aspect of their ski equipment business (when it should have been a partnership with Jess who does the easy schmoozing and skiing part of it)
- cleaning up after Jess (who is a hurricane that throws everything about)
- and not spending time with herself (too busy worrying about their 2 college-aged sons and Jess).
So she excuses herself from the table for the bathroom and leaves the restaurant behind to hop into a flight for Florida where her family is.
From page 4 (Annie)The beauty of this book is that we get to see both sides of the story. I got to understand where Annie and Jess were coming from - their misunderstandings, their expectations, their love for one another even 3000 miles apart. Instead of painting one side of the story and having the reader side with Annie and glaring daggers at Jess, Tina Welling presents us with Jess who acts the way he does because of a major life-altering event in his childhood. We see how much he loves and depends on Annie, although he does not realize how much he takes her for granted until she leaves.
Jess' first response would be to construct a story to excuse his actions; his second to diminish the issue. This time, I'd refuse to get entangled in his defenses. For once - how unreasonable it was to flee three thousand miles without notice - I had taken action and not just talked about my trouble while following Jess around the house, trying to hold his attention.
From page 32 (Annie)
What I wanted to figure out while on my marriage sabbatical was how to let Jess live his life without letting it inhibit my own. But there I went, putting Jess first, me second - my life as a by-product of his. Let me start again: what I wanted was to figure out how I could live my life, allowing Jess to live his life, with both of us enjoying that...and each other.
From page 19 (Jess)Although I am not married, I felt that Tina Welling painted a solid and realistic picture of a long-time married couple who love each other, but need space from each other. I may be wrong, but I'd be eager to see what other readers think, especially those who are married. It would also be interesting to see men's reactions, but somehow I doubt many (if any) will pick up this book. Perhaps we ladies can sneakily ask them about Jess's reactions... Fairy Tale Blues gave me some food for thought about my own relationship and a lot of hope for it.
Memories worked like drugs; while I was under the influence of them, I was happy, but once they passed I felt worse, hungover, heart heavy. Still, they beckoned to me all day long.
This book hit the shelves on March 3rd! So go and check it out! :)
As I mentioned yesterday, March is Women's History Month, and I'm part of a blog tour for my little red book with a giveaway included (more details of that this coming Sunday). However, I decided that I'll have my own giveaways in celebration of this month because it's high time that I give back to you since the giveaway fairies have been kind to me in the past.
So I will be giving away my copy of Fairy Tale Blues to 1 lucky individual who comments about their own "fairy tale blues" - Has your significant other ever done something similar to Jess (e.g. buying the same set of earrings twice) that made you want to pull his hair out?
+1 for answering the question above
+1 for leaving an email address
+1 for following (+3 to current followers before this post went up)
+1 for posting about this in a blog post
+1 for posting about this on your sidebar
+1 for leaving me a corny joke (+2 if I fall off my chair from laughing too hard) ;P
+5 if you manage to do all of the above in one comment (not including me falling off the chair: You and I cannot plan for that)!
Bonus points (which can be in a separate comment to this post or another depending on what I asked you to do)
+1 for the first 5 who tell me who the publisher (the exact imprint)
+1 for the first 5 who name me another book by Tina Welling
+1 for leaving a comment after March 4 on any 2 posts (old or new)
+1 for joining in on my Thursday Thereabouts (meaning you must leave a comment about your "thereabouts" or leave me a link to your blog post doing so)
Whew, how's that for a laundry list? I never said I would make this easy - and I'll admit I'm looking forward to any brave joke-tellers out there... :D
This giveaway will end March 15 (+1 for the first person who tells me the significance of this date).
P.S. I am willing to ship internationally.
This is a review copy sent by the publisher.