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Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress: A Love Story Paperback – January 14, 2011

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456454374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456454371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
What would you do if you found yourself in a cold, icy and indifferent marriage? What would you do if you met your soul mate, while married to a man whose relationship is barely even a friendship anymore? What would you do?

Megan van Eyck tells her story and answers those questions openly, honestly and with true heartfelt emotion and love, within her story, Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress. Ms. van Eyck's story will draw you in from the very beginning, drawing emotions from the reader and giving them a glimpse into a life not necessary asked for, but one that was almost Heaven sent. I know, some may read this and think "Adultery is a sin, how could it possibly be Heaven sent?!" The only way that I can respond is to say: read the book for yourself. Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress is not a story of self-fulfillment and selfishness, it is not one to set out to inflict pain or remorse, but one of brutal honesty, emotion, love and commitment.

When Megan met Carlos, it was a complete happenstance, one that was not purposeful, yet seemingly destined. Her marriage was anything but perfect, she had tried countless times to talk her husband into seeking marriage counseling, trying her utmost best to save any aspect that she could manage, of what was left of their legal bond. When chance brought Megan and Carlos together, an instant connection was burned within each of them. Fate brought them together, until devastation tore them apart.

Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress is not a guide stating that cheating is or is not okay and completely ethical and correct. However, it is a deeply provocative, richly emotional and therapeutically cleansing story of one woman's period of life, her journey and her bluntly honest experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Kirkland VINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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On a trip to Hawaii, Megan van Eyck sat next to a man who she felt an instant attraction to. Although she was married, she fantasized about meeting with him. After her return when he called she immediately agreed to meet him, and quickly fell into an affair. He was on his third marriage with grown children. Van Eyck had two small children and a husband she felt was inattentive.

So started a five and a half year affair. They met daily when he was in town, having hours of sex in her bedroom or in his. She traveled on exotic trips with him, telling her husband her girlfriends had free air travel miles and wanted her to go with them. Since she did not work outside the home, she was able to conceal her affair from her husband.

Megan came from an abusive background. Her father alternately showered her with affection and then ignored her, chasing other women. She learned from him and his women that women's only value is their looks and their ability to fulfill men's desires. Her mother had mental issues, and after a divorce from her father, fell into an existence with little food in the house, filth everywhere and total emotional abandonment of her daughter. Megan came out of this background with an emotional makeup that constantly led her to choose men who could not or would not love her.

Megan's affair went on for five years, ended only by the death of Carlos, her lover. As he went through a final illness, she was banished from his life as his wife was with him. She did not get to have a final goodbye with him, and the experience showed her how little she had settled for. After Carlos' death, her husband found out about the affair by finding the memoir on her computer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheLindyLous on March 3, 2011
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Wow. So much emotional intensity--loss, grief, need, lust, and love--packed into one book and one life. Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress was nicely balanced between the authors own personal history and the actual adulterous love affair in which she was involved. I was curious to know where the story would go and how it would end, and van Eyck's no-holds barred blunt honesty kept me turning pages until the end.

As with any memoir, there were moments I felt I understood the author completely and others when I did not. At times I judged Megan as needy and manipulative and others when I wondered how she could give so much and not completely fall apart. I found places where we had so much in common and places where we seemed nothing alike. I journeyed along with her through the sadness and pain of her childhood neglect, and sometimes felt voyeuristic, lustful, and perhaps jealous of Megan and her lover Carlos' most intimate moments.

The unveiling of this love story gives insight into the hidden world of infidelity and provides understanding as to how one goes from "not looking to have an affair" to "the demands involved in leading two separate lives." The subject matter alone gives one pause to think about their own relationships and how one is defined both inside and outside of a marriage--or even how one defines love. Reading Memoirs of a Mistress forced me to look at my own preconceived notions and perhaps consider that "sometimes all the love a person has to give isn't enough." By the end, I am sure I learned as much about myself as I did about van Eyck--which is exactly what I believe a good memoir should do for a reader.
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