The Discovery of Joy Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2118 KB
- Print length : 326 pages
- Publisher : e-book Press Publishing (February 2, 2015)
- ASIN : B00S3CUG3S
- Publication date : February 2, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,974 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Except for the following things which I didn’t care for, I found the writing quality to be quite excellent. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
While I don’t like foul language, I can see how it reflected the character of Julie. As for the descriptions of sexual urges, I am familiar with what they are and don’t need specifics to enjoy a story. I thought the token gay relationship towards the end didn’t advance the story, but seemed to be placed there to reveal the author’s opinion.
Otherwise, it is a very satisfying read!
Each character speaks to us in first person narrative, like a friend sitting across the kitchen table and we are inescapably drawn into the messy parts of their lives as their individual stories unfold. We witness Julie making one bad decision after another and Andrea's naiveté which will cost her more than she or we would have ever guessed.
Each woman grows and defines joy in her own way, which is the only way it can be. Spend some time with these three ladies, and discover your own joy.
After reading the book, I feel like I know the characters well, even down to the interior conflicts and conversations—the talks and questions we have as we experience life and question our own value and sanity. The reader will gain insights into what Erwin describes as the “caustic void” of the legal world, and the heart-rattling realities of divorce. Erwin’s writing causes us to think about the angst, the secrets, the lies, the memories, years and “twisted, gnarled roots of our life” that sit between people. There is a wide variety of characters that the reader is sure to identify with in this (to borrow a phrase of Erwin’s) “waltz of discoveries. The reader will encounter the sincerely religious, the crazies, the cruel, and the fair-weather friends.
Though there are men who are key characters, this is a story about women—the women of Springfield, Missouri. We discover their self-doubts, the struggle with self-image, about what a woman feels when she is caught in the rut of a dead-end job and existence, how it feels to be fired without explanation, and how marriage can be a paradise or a nightmare, exceeding or disappointing our expectations. If you are a reader or a writer of romance, you are sure to enjoy, The Discovery of Joy by Yvonne Erwin.