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Morning at Wellington Square [Kindle Edition]

Susan Weidener
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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"Morning at Wellington Square" opens thirteen years after the death of Susan's beloved husband. Her children are away at college and questions about navigating a new path and finding her way as a single woman begin to take shape, setting the stage for a woman's search for meaning in middle age. From online dating to the newsroom of a big city newspaper, to Cape May, NJ and the Kentucky countryside, this memoir is a journey of life's lessons. The prequel to this book is "Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again."

"Morning at Wellington Square is a brave and beautiful book. By telling what is hers to tell without pretension, and with elegance, Ms. Weidener widens the field of possibilities for memoir writers across a spectrum of experience." ~Mary Pierce Brosmer, Founder, Women Writing for (a) Change

"The lesson I took away from her book was this: if we are open to where life takes us, we make discoveries and we create a new life that opens out in its magic to offer us ways to live that we might never have discovered. In Morning at Wellington Square, we invest in the adventure of day-to-day living, discovery, and renewal." ~ Linda Joy Myers, founder, National Association of Memoir Writers


Product Details

  • File Size: 3008 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Writing Circle Press (August 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094W7CT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book you will not want to put down! February 13, 2013
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The most intriguing memoirs, like fiction, have sympathetic characters who struggle to overcome adversity. The genre almost always seems to include externally imposed challenges, but the best reads, in my view, are those in which the author's personal foibles complicate the effort to manage the external environment. It is those human stories that cause readers to experience a "shiver of recognition."

Therein lies the pleasure of both of Susan Weidener's memoirs: her unstinting honesty in distinguishing between those things that happened to her--the death of her young husband from cancer, raising two small boys on her own, the loss of her job as a journalist--and those that were of her own making--her impatience, her determination to believe that the "magic" that she had with her husband can be found again, even as she hooks up with men that do not begin to match her image of her husband.

Throughout her first book, Again in a Heartbeat, the reader senses a nub of strength at the core of this idiosyncratic woman who is raging against the fates. But in Morning at Wellington Square, she stops raging and begins to build a solid foundation for herself as a writer. There is a wonderful, sub rosa metaphor in the fact that Weidener finds her identity in mentoring and supporting other writers ... and at the same time, writes a book that tells a compelling story in a most lovely, lyrical way. It is a book you will not want to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Navigating your way through the universe September 12, 2012
By Maureen
Format:Kindle Edition
Sudden changes , like an unexpected death, takes you for a ride on a wave. Riding the wave and navigating her way to shore is how Susan tells her story. She bears her soul in her vulnerable moments in the working world where she felt manipulated by women that managed to get themselves in positions of power. Where you think another woman would encourage a strong woman Susan finds the opposite. But it serves as a painful learning curve and she moves on. Online dating is like a dice game and men are mostly disappointments, but interesting. Her anchors are her family,her memories of her loved ones and her writing. Writing opens her to understanding the world around her. Her story connects to everyone's struggles as they fumble to understand their shortcomings and make a better world for themselves.Susan manages to find her salvation in her writing and the reader gets to enjoy a good story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformation January 23, 2013
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When I read the last words of Susan G. Weidener's Again in a Heartbeat, I knew I would be picking up Morning at Wellington Square. Susan had shared the story of a blissful courtship and love found under blossoming dogwood trees with a man who loved her more than she had ever imagined possible. A story of building a family and careers disrupted by her husband's long and difficult battle with cancer.

I wanted to understand how a young woman with two young sons moves on from the hurt and pain of loss, a loss many of us will never experience, much less so early in life. Morning at Wellington Square is Susan's honest and moving tale of finding her way through a maze of responsibilities and social interactions as a single, working mom.

Like a tapestry woven from rich and vibrant threads, Susan invites us along as she searches for identity beyond the roles of daughter, wife, mother, journalist. The book opens 11 years after John's death, and John and Susan's son's are away at college. Living in their home alone, Susan is aware it is time to map out her journey into a new role.

However, as Susan's writing shows us by using flashbacks and memories, lives continually build upon memories while anticipating the unknown waiting down the road.

For me, the search for community or, as others might describe it, relationship was the most meaningful and poignant part of Susan's story.

Having been a single mother with a son in my 20s, the search for relationships, whether with the opposite sex or not, can be like walking through a mine field. After all, how do we ever know who another person really is? Is a relationship or community the source we seeking to heal our scars?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down July 2, 2013
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Morning at Wellington Square is, in the author Susan Weidener's own words, "a story of a woman's quest to find passion, renewal and magic in her life." And I was so magically drawn into the story that I read it in two sittings.

Author Weidener seemed to have it all: a loving and idyllic marriage, two thriving sons, and a stunning professional career as a newspaperwoman for the "Philadelphia Inquirer."

All that ended when her young husband died as a result of colorectal cancer, and she became a single mother raising her boys alone. Later she was forced out of her job when a younger less qualified woman became her manager, ending her career in journalism because of her age. In her efforts to find meaning and love in her life again, she had a series of boring dates with unsuitable men who failed to renew her romantic desires, she had an affair with a married man, and she followed her dream to live in the west.

Fortunately writing found her. After returning to Pennsylvania from Tucson Arizona, she decided to write her story "if only to make sense of how chronic illness had impacted my marriage and my naïve dreams of a happily ever after." And she was on her way.

Weidener is a true memoirist. She tells her readers her deep dark secrets, her most embarrassing moments, her desires, her fears, and her struggles in a flowing natural style. And she creates a character a reader can be interested in getting to know and root for. As a result of writing two memoirs, Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again and the wonderful Morning at Wellington Square, she has discovered she "couldn't imagine a day without writing." Weidener has successfully found her passion and reinvented herself into more than a writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great romance
Appealed to me because I identified with the character being a widow and finding herself again, ah, the exploration of it all.
Published 1 month ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good, engaging story. Great message on how we women support one another.
Published 5 months ago by Elisa Sheronas
4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Life Reflection after Loss...
"Morning at Wellington Square" (2012) is a heart warming inspirational memoir authored by Susan G. Weidener, that readers will not want to miss. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michel Short
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, a must read...
I picked up a copy of "Morning at Wellington Square" at the recommendation of a friend. Having read the author's initial memoir "Again in a Heartbeat," I was eager to dive back in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Margie Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding your way after life hands you heartbreak
Brave writing. The topics - loss of a loved one, family issues, woman working in a male-dominated profession, reinvention after great loss - are explored in a spare, almost... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Melanie Mizell
5.0 out of 5 stars Search for An Inner Dawn
This superior memoir captured my imagination, leading me into Susan Weidener's own personal world. She shares her sadness at the loss of her husband; her disappointments and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Katherine (Kas) Sartori
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the ordinary extraordinary
In her first memoir "Again in a Heartbeat," Susan Weidener told the heartbreaking story of finding her Prince Charming and then losing him all too soon to cancer. Read more
Published 21 months ago by CarolB
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet
Susan Weidener and I share a couple of things in common: we are both passionate about writing memoir and life stories, and we both find deep satisfaction in sharing this passion... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sharon Lippincott, Chilehead Adventurer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely style and captivating
I feel as though I have just walked a part journey with a friend. These are honest and well-styled ramblings of a woman coming to terms with life as a widow. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Braving and Appreciating Life
I did not read Susan Weidener's first memoir, "Again in a Heartbeat." I was more intrigued with "Morning at Wellington Square" standing alone as its own entity, given the nature... Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by K. A. LaMar
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More About the Author

A former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Susan G. Weidener is the author of "Again In a Heartbeat," the story of her young marriage and her husband's battle with cancer. "Weidener explores several themes in her exquisite memoir, including love, loss and the circle of life. This thought-provoking and profound cancer memoir connects with those who lose precious moments and memories to this disease." ~ Best Cancer Memoirs to Read for Encouragement

The sequel, "Morning at Wellington Square," explores the journey after loss; a story of investing in day-to-day living and finding passion, renewal and purpose.

Susan's memoirs have been described as brave, honest, courageous, humorous, and always insightful and entertaining. Her novel, "A Portrait of Love and Honor," based on her late husband's memoir at the United States Military Academy at West Point during the Vietnam War is scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

Susan leads writing workshops and started the Women's Writing Circle, a support and critique group for writers in suburban Philadelphia. She has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities on journalism and memoir.

For more information about the Women's Writing Circle and how to order Susan's memoirs go to: www.susanweidener.com



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