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"Whether it's chosen for a beach read or a warm story educating women about relationships both male and female, It Doesn't Have to be That Way is a satisfyingly compelling read highly recommended for readers who like their characters realistic, warm, and thoroughly engrossing."
~Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"...stands apart through its endearing focus on the friendship that forms between the primary characters."~BookLife Prize, 2020
"This book is not to be missed. But before you start, it might be a good idea to put on your Jim Croce album--the chapter titles are his songs. This book is simply ... well ... fabulous!"
~Jon Michael Miller, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews (5 Stars)
"It Doesn't Have to be That Way is smart, lovely, and endearing with a bit of heartbreak thrown in. I loved Molly and Mr. Flaherty's unexpected friendship; they will stay with me like old friends. The author's colorful characters, vivid imagery, and bonds formed feel reminiscent of a Cameron Crowe work or modern-day John Hughes saga, with the perfect dose of eccentricity, love, musicality, and humanity."
~Jacqueline Cioffa, Author, The Shape of Us, The Red Bench
"A delicately woven story of love, loss and friendship, clouded by murky circumstances that push at the boundaries of society, violence against women and mental illness. Gentle, yet bold, Rowen deftly structures a novel worth reading again and again."
~Julie Anderson, Feminine Collective Founder and Publisher; Author/Editor Raw & Unfiltered and Love Notes from Humanity; Author, Secrets and Lies
"I recommend this women's fiction story about difficult relationships and hopeful friendships and look forward to more books by Rowen."
~Book Club Mom (4 Stars)
About the Author
EDITOR: In 2014, I eased into editing. A critique group made its way onto my priority list. If a writer buddy needed a beta read, I jumped at the chance to apply a critical eye as well as positive reinforcement to the task. With every project I worked on, whether writing or offering constructive criticism, I aimed to improve my craft as I helped my fellow author. Becoming an editor wasn't my goal, but as I learned more about the mechanics of writing, a natural evolution occurred. My editing skills grew at a much more rapid pace than my writing skills did. Since 2014, I've edited countless anthologies, novels, and independent short works from various authors. I wish I had counted. That number would be pretty handy right about now. My primary focus is on speculative fiction, but I'm also interested in women's fiction and romance. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08GS8QJ14
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (September 14, 2020)
- Publication date : September 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5277 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I especially enjoyed all the ham radio lore. My college boyfriend's dad, Abe, had a "ham shack" in a walk-in closet, and he'd talk to people all over the world overnight. Like my own dad, he had been in the Merchant Marine during
WW II and learned short-wave radio and Morse Code there. My dad didn't have a ham transmitter (and looking back, I'll bet my mom wouldn't let him), but when he saw a ship out on the ocean horizon, he would often go to the shore late at night with a bright blinking light and talk to the ship using Morse code.
I enjoyed all the references to songs I loved back in the day, and Molly's romance problems were all too familiar. I'm ready for a sequel!
The story is fast-paced and engaging as it draws the reader into the main character, Molly Dolan’s cringe-worthy risky exploits. I must add here that I respect how the author peeled away many of the misunderstood layers surrounding sexual abuse––everything from the first seemingly innocuous but undeniably uncomfortable failed flirt to the all-out aggressive assault and character assassinations which often accompany any woman [regardless of age] battling for her right not to be victimized.
While Rowan unabashedly shows the risky sexual exploits of a young woman socially conditioned to accept mistreatment as normal behavior, she also is quick to throw Molly a lifesaver in the form of a neighbor, Fred Flaherty. A kind, older gentleman who offers Molly a no-strings-attached but much-needed friendship. This is where the story blossoms as their bond over music––Jim Croce––and friendship expose the kinder, more compassionate side of humanity.
A highly enjoyable and thoughtful read.
I SO enjoyed this book. The relationship that develops between Molly and Fred is heartwarming and special. They each are in a difficult place and struggle with a string of "issues", and yet they find strength in each other, despite the big gap in their ages. Watching their friendship, and story arc, unfold was intriguing and riveting.
I really enjoyed the expert style and writing of this novel - I am a big fan of books that pivot in each chapter so we learn the innermost thoughts from different characters' perspectives. The back-and-forth style provides interesting insight and background into the characters in the book and their stories leap off the page.
I recommend reading this book and look forward to enjoying more of Mary Rowen's amazing work in the future!