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It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by [Mary Rowen, Jessica West]

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Editorial Reviews


Shortlisted--2017 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition
"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

AUTHOR: I'm drawn to stories about women facing and overcoming challenges at various stages of life, so I love reading and writing women's fiction. Music, musicians, and music fans tend to find their way into my work too. Other interests include feminism, body image issues, parenting, and current events. I blog about that stuff and more whenever I can. My essays have been featured on numerous sites and blogs, including Mutha Magazine, Feminine Collective, and Huffington Post. A graduate of Providence College, I was raised in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, and live in the Boston area with my family and pets.

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.

Product details

  • 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
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