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I'll admit to this being an early decision
on May 31, 2014
Full disclosure here: I ordered the sample section of this book and didn't even get through that. This book could turn out to be wonderful 15 pages from now for all I know. I'm just not willing to invest the energy in finding out.
Here's what happened. I made a pan of lasagna for dinner tonight as Kindle read the sample to me. I mention the lasagna to say that my entertainment requirements were pretty low at the time. I was really just asking this book to keep me company for a little while. At first I felt the concerns described by the male character and hoped the best for him in his homecoming. I was prepared to dislike his wife almost immediately. Then unfortunately the writer had him speak out loud rather than just pushing around inner dialogue.
Suddenly he became verbally and borderline physically abusive. His long-suffering wife of TEN YEARS gets no pat on the back from me for her thinking if she just loves him enough, he'll stop asking things like, "Did you let him touch you?" over dinner at their house. I'll tell you how this works. If a partner feels the need to grab me by the wrist and then insult my character on this level, no amount of praying for another ten years is going to fix what's broken in us.
I'm done with this book and I'd like to say to the author, I'd prefer if no one EVER tried to sell this sort of, "If I'm just a good enough wife and endure enough of your abuse and accusations, you will realize that you are worthy of being loved and we will live happily ever after."
The answer is no, in this case he's not worthy of being loved "unconditionally" by a wife. That's the job of deity and maybe his Mommy's. It's not his wife's role.
We partner together in love and commitment not to abuse one another into proving our love until we believe it. We partner to share and build a life together. This started off bad. I've no interest in continuing to find that his newly broken status will somehow make him all better. The implication to enabling abuse victims in relationships is, "Just hang in there. Perhaps he'll get hit by a bus and as you nurse him back to health, he'll be nicer." Eew.