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Childless by Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Sue Fagalde Lick
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Book Description

First you marry a man who does not want children. He cheats and you divorce him. Then you marry the love of your life and find out he does not want to have children with you either. The three he has are more than enough. Although you always wanted to be a mother, you decide he is worth the sacrifice, expecting to have a long happy life together. But that's not what happens. This is the story of how a woman becomes childless by marriage and how it affects every aspect of her life.

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From the Author

This is the book of my heart, the one I had to write. Ever since I realized I was not going to have children, I have felt recurring grief and an emptiness in my heart. I am different from most women, but I have found that I am not alone. There are many of us childless women, and I think it's important to share our stories about what it's like when you don't have children in a world where most girls grow up to become mothers. I hope this book offers comfort to those who are childless and understanding to those who are not. If it makes you smile here and there, even better.

About the Author

Sue Fagalde Lick spent many years as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor before retiring to become a fulltime writer and musician. She has published books about Portuguese Americans, freelance writing and life on the Oregon coast. A graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, she has taught writing at Oregon Coast and Chemeketa community colleges and at conferences and workshops across the U.S. On weekends, she puts on her music hat and co-directs the choirs at Sacred Heart Church in Newport, Oregon and performs wherever people are willing to listen. She lives with her dog Annie in South Beach, which, like everyplace she has ever lived, is in the flight path of the local airport.

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Hydrangea Productions (May 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00819893C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book For The Childless September 16, 2012
By Broken
What an amazing book. Sue Lick gives life to the countless thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are a large part of being childless. It's like she was inside my head for most of the writing of this book. She even goes to the darker thoughts that some of us fear giving voice to. She does it and does it so well and so gracefully. And she injects humor throughout the book which isn't always easy with such a heartbreaking topic. I can't thank her enough for writing this book. She also gives an honest description of what it's like to be a stepmother, of which I have also missed out on, so it gave me a glimpse into that part of the childless world that I knew virtually nothing about. I no longer feel that I missed out on that opportunity. I plan to spread the word about this book so that others may feel some of the relief that I felt, and also the companionship, in one of the most difficult realities of life. This book is definitely ahead of it's time since the majority of childless people (yes, men too) that I know still won't or don't know how to talk about the pain of being childless. Maybe this book will be the catalyst to get people to open up and start talking about such a painful part of life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay July 13, 2014
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Book was ok. I gave it three stars because it didn't make me feel better about being childless by marriage.
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This book is the only thing I've been able to find that compares to my situation and has helped me to be able to better state how I feel about my husband not wanting children to him. I recommend to anyone facing the same challenges.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good but repetitive June 17, 2014
By Penny
I downloaded this book because I am actually the opposite of Sue. I agreed to have babies with my husband and changed my mind. I wanted to see how he might feel from the other side, which is actually not addressed from a man's point of view.

I'll be honest - halfway through this book I started scanning through it, wondering what in the heck she could possible have left to say about the subject that was different. Turns out, not much. It basically repeated the same stuff as the first half of the book.

I got kind of annoyed throughout it. Marrying a guy who wasn't a big part of his children's lives wasn't a red flag to her? She couldn't embrace stepmotherhood fully and take advantage of it, including raising a kid through his teens?

It's ok for a few buck download, I guess. But fairly repetitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good July 24, 2012
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I recommend this book for those that are open minded and interested in life in general, whether childless or not (I do have children).
However those that do not have children, and would have liked to have had them, are the targeted audience and Sue does a fantastic job of opening up her heart to you. Also visit her blog "Childless by Marriage".
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More About the Author

I'm a full-time writer/musician and dog mom. Lifelong Californians, my husband Fred and I moved to the Oregon Coast in 1996. I spent many years working on newspapers before moving to full-time freelance writing. My books include Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California, The Iberian Americans, Azorean Dreams, Freelancing for Newspaper, Shoes Full of Sand, and Childless by Marriage. You can get the full scoop at

In addition to writing, I sing, play piano and guitar and perform here and there. I'm also co-director of the choirs at Sacred Heart Church in Newport, OR. That means I have short nails and calluses on the fingers of my left hand, but the music is totally worth it.

I love history, dogs, books, hiking, hot tubs, and online jigsaw puzzles. Also, raviolis and potato salad.

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