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Drawing Free (The Escape Collection) by [Aitken, Elena]
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"...the story that unfolds is beautifully written, covering some delicate and difficult issues sensitively and with compassion..."

"I couldn't put it down."

...so honest in the way it portrays a mother's frustration with not only herself but the world around her. While this author could have taken the easy way out and given everyone a happy ever-after ending, she instead chose to be upfront and honest. This one of the most genuine heartfelt stories of motherhood imaginable." ~Bette Lee Crosby

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There was nothing quite as wonderful as starting the day with a hot cup of coffee. Especially when that cup of coffee was enjoyed in complete silence before the rest of the house woke up. I only had a vague recollection of such moments, since it'd been years since I'd actually enjoyed one. My latest book, The Right Foot: Setting yourself up for success, suggested setting the alarm a half hour early, to enjoy the quiet time, and with nothing to lose, I'd done just that.

Then I hit snooze. Twice.

By the time I dragged myself out of bed, there was only about five minutes left before I'd have to wake the girls for school. But I'd take what I could get.

I ran my hand along Jordan's bedroom door as I passed. For a split second I was tempted to open it and watch her sleeping. It was my favorite way to see her, at least since she'd become a teenager. But no, I had to start my day off right, and that meant a cup of coffee, even if it was rushed. At least it would be quiet.

A crash came in the direction of the kitchen. I froze. Panic pricked at the back of my neck. What if someone was in the house? Should I hide? No. Protect the girls. I glanced behind me to Kayla's room. The door was open. It only took me three steps to reach her room. Kayla's pink comforter was crumpled on the floor, her usual nest of stuffed animals, flung around the room.

"Kayla?" I hissed under my breath.

Another crash. Then, singing.

I sighed, the vision of my coffee dimming as I walked towards the high pitched rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb. As soon as I rounded the corner into the kitchen and splashed straight into a puddle, that vision vanished completely.

My eyes took in the wreckage. The new jug of milk I'd just bought, lay, mostly empty on the floor blocking the fridge door. The high pitched beeping of the refrigerator door alarm filled my head. Again, I cursed Jon's insistence on purchasing top of the line appliances, the stupid things were always making noise. A mixture of corn flakes, fruit loops and my favorite granola covered the counters, and most of the floor, turning into a chunky sludge where it met the milk.

Product Details

  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ink Blot Communications; 1.6 edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PWS5W2
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The author has a way that kept me engaged from the moment I started the book to when I ended it.

As a mother - I found myself relating to Becca. I think at one point or another every mother finds herself in Becca's shoes. As a mother with three girls - the thought of running away and not having to deal with things anymore is tempting. We all have those thoughts - even for a split second. This story - while a book of fiction - holds truth that will appeal to many. A mother losing herself in the daily life of her family. A woman lost, adrift... her journey was the heart of the story.

There were elements of truth in each story line. The key to remember is it is a work of fiction and not everyone's journey is the same.

As a former pastors wife - how Becca dealt with her own journey is one I've seen many times in a lot of women.

I enjoyed this story and have added this author on my favourite list.
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DRAWING FREE is an engaging and evocative read. The writing is strong, the dialogue flows seamlessly, and Elena Aitken keeps the plot moving.

What I like most about this book, however, is that the author avoids plot cliches. The main character, Becca, is sympathetic and likeable, but she doesn't always make the "right" decisions. Characters who always make the right decisions are tiresome and predictable. We may not like all the decisions Becca makes, but this is fiction; furthermore, even in real life, we don't love all the decisions our friends (or even we, ourselves!) make. And it makes a book a lot more interesting.

I've read and loved all of the other books this author has written, and they are quite different in subject matter. I am SO GLAD she wrote "on the edges" of this one. She took risks and they worked. I recommend DRAWING FREE. It'll make you think.
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I downloaded this book after the Xmas holidays when I'd felt I'd earned a little escape from the world. Ms. Aitken certainly delivered a much needed time away. I was drawn into the story immediately and empathized with Becca the main character. As a mother of two little ones, I could totally get Becca's need to run away. I loved how this story showed what might happen, the heartache of dealing with life and the tough decisions she had to make. I truly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any of my friends.
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Wow! I'm only half way through this book and it's like I'm reading my life. My life in words! Shock, awe, and freedom knowing that maybe I'm not the only mom with this life (ok, so I have 4 kids). I must confess I've envisioned myself driving away and not coming back for a while, so again, speaks to me! First book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more of her novels.
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You don't need to be a mother to read this book. At some point most women know what it is like to feel overwhelmed, undervalued, loved, lost, needed and confused. Ms. Aitken captures what it is like to be a fallible all while trying to be perfect. Painful, funny, heartwarming and hopeful, this was the first book I read this year and it was perfect. A reminder that to be true to others you must be true to yourself. Mistakes and all. Easy to read, but true to the bone, Ms. Aitkens books don't disappoint. I look forward to more.
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I loved this story because it was so close to home for me. I was able to relate to Becca from the beginning and could hardly put the book down until I was finished. Elena did an excellent job of capturing Becca's frustrations and missteps in her journey to get back to her real self. I loved how Becca got angry sometimes when I didn't expect it and how the story was related in a way that gave me an opportunity to look back on my times as a parent and partner. I could relate to her attitudes and feelings of self-loathing that came with every perceived 'bad' parenting moment. She was so hard on herself and blamed her family members for her problems, just like we women tend to do sometimes. In this realistic story of her relationships and her growth, I could see myself, my sister and many of my friends.

Thank you Elena for writing this story and giving us all a chance to lighten up on ourselves and realize that our inner peace comes from caring for ourselves first. Like Becca, we tend to get overwhelmed and forget who we really are. Watching her take steps to re-connect with herself offers hope and ideas for taking that journey personally.
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Every parent has had at least one moment of feeling like a failure. Every wife has had at least one moment of feeling like a failure as a wife. Every child has had at least one moment of feeling like a failure as a son/daughter. In this powerful story Becca feels all that and more, so much more. The emotions in this story are deeply profound. Have a box of tissues handy, and enjoy one of the best books about loosing and then finding yourself. I love the discussion questions at the end. They add to the overall complexity of the storyline. They make you think about each critical issue more deeply.
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I love this author and have read most of her books, this book was very different from the others I have read (Castle Mountain Lodge and The Spring series) however it was by far the best book I have ever read. Becca's story touched me and I found it easy to identify with her feelings of inadequacy and failure. I thinks as a mother and wife many of us feel this way at times when the dishes are piled up, the kids are complaining, and the hubby is no help. Becca showed me how the grass is not always greener on the other side and how to cherish the blessings I have. I have gained so much from this book and it has forever changed my life and views!
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