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- File Size : 374 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 319 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07KTFNQ52
- Publication Date : November 22, 2018
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #451,272 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First let’s talk about my main gripe about this book. Basically we had a typical case of pain grading. I understand that she suffered terrible abuse at the hands of her ex husband, however this doesn’t erase the emotional pain she inflicted on Philip when she left him after 13 years (even if some of these years were adolescent years). They had plans and she basically told him that he wasn’t good enough for her instead of telling him the truth. That wound completely changed him and affected his ability to trust and build a healthy relationship with women. However, instead of recognizing this, the author minimized his pain and turned him into an apologetic mess. He kept asking for forgiveness for not checking up on her all these years and saving her. What?. Had her marriage been happy and she was now widowed would he be asked to be apologetic too? Should he have subjected himself to all her happy news? This reminded me of people who do terrible things but once they die suddenly they are saints who did no wrong. I disliked Ogonna’s selfishness where basically she expected things to just go back to normal without even really apologizing for her behavior. Come on she was shocked that he didn’t want to be buddies when they first met up again. Really? Yes she was in a terrible position however she still lied to him and didn’t include him in her decisions. I thought they got back together far too quickly. As for Philip he came across as weak. Love is great however he was prepared to bend over backwards to keep her happy even if he meant lying to her. They behaved as if the 7 years never happened and they were still the same people. His friends basically telling him to grow up and move on because what she did was years ago and she suffered. Unbelievable. This situation with Stella was symptomatic of their unbalanced relationship. He lied to keep the fairytale going and she ran at the first sight of trouble with her dogmatic convictions, after breaking into his computer, instead of having a mature conversation and deciding together on the way forward. The whole sitting in the dark for 2 days because she left was ridiculous. The author turned Philip into an angsty teenager instead of an adult; the CEO of a large company with responsibilities. The whole charity was too on the nose for me. I understand her desire to help, however apart from the financial help, professional help is required and she just wasn’t qualified. If she really wanted to be effective she should have gone back to school to study social work or psychology. Self help books aren’t enough. At times, I felt like the author flip flopped between feminism (the expectation of equality) and patriarchy, where basically Philip had to save or avenge the damsel in distress. For instance he is the one who ensured justice was served while she fled and was expected to let karma do its thing.
As an aside, and I’m sure it’s cultural, I would not have been so close to my parents. They never apologized and as her brother said, they should have never let her sacrifice herself. They should have given up their house, luxury etc first. Worse she continued to enable them by sending them money, gifts etc..I was also troubled by Ogonna’s thought process when she was married. She was being terribly abused, however she still wanted to be a mother and tried to seduce her abusive husband. What? Why on earth would she want to drag an innocent child into that situation?
This was a story of second chances. Once I learned the reason why Ogonna and Philip had initially broken up I was pushing for them to get together. It was too bad they’d had to spend the years apart, but the separation helped them to grow and mature. Their relationship was a sweet story. Not to say that Ms. Azie didn’t bring on the heat, because she certainly did.