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Adams is a gifted story teller who invites you into her darkest moments as she takes the reader from the moment her mother warns her against getting fat, through the moment she realizes that even looking great naked isn't enough to keep a man from wandering when he is addicted to sex. Grace is a sympathetic character as she desperately tries to hold onto her marriage, while learning that addiction is sometimes more powerful than love. Yet, she is also a brave character who feels the need to share her experience in the hopes that it will help others.
The reader cannot help but laugh out loud at her vulnerability and the self-deprecating humor that she manages to weave throughout the story, making this as much about her blunders as her husband's, making her someone the reader can identify with and trust from the very beginning of the book.
If you are looking for an entertaining, enlightening read about a painful subject, this is the book for you. If you are in a relationship and find that you blame yourself for your spouse's philandering, then this is definitely the book for you. Adams has experienced it, and is more than generous in her honest account of nearly losing herself to her husband's addiction. If you think you are alone, if you think what you are experiencing is too embarrassing to talk about, this is the book for you. Adams talks about it so you can too, with your head held high. You will learn that you did not cause your spouse's infidelity and that you cannot cure it.
Mostly, you will learn that you are still a person of worth. Adams makes this clear as she walks through the affliction of addiction, while refusing to surrender. I found her story to be inspiring, and I am confident that you will too.
Grace Adams writes of growing up as a preacher's kid--that perfect specimen of evangelical family culture--marrying Mr. Perfect because they look well together, and after a few years of ostensible wedded bliss, she discovers that her husband is a sex addict. It was the phone bills. $1,000-$2,000 at a pop for phone sex. Then the girlfriend. Then the alcohol. Then the $35,000 sex-addict rehab for HIM only to learn from the experts on staff that it is HER controlling ways that is causing his sex addiction.
It gets worse near the end, but I don't want to spoil it for you so I won't spill the beans here.
I both hated and felt sorry for her husband. I found her (our heroine--not Ms. Adams, because remember, this is fiction) to be witty, real, believable, forthright, and convincing. Her portrayal of the family zeal to be and appear the perfect Christian unit touched a nerve with me, though she, being a minister's daughter, doubtless swam in a fish bowl of far more interest to casual onlookers than anything I've ever endured.
I liked this book because it did what it promised: It told a story; had a logical beginning, middle, and end; contained the metamorphosis of a somewhat weak heroine who learned to be strong; was well edited (not perfect--but very good; could have used a little help with formatting because there were some glitches on Kindle, though they didn't get in the way of the read other than that you notice them); ended on a happy note; and, most important, contained no boring sections that make you pause and wonder if you should keep reading to see if it ends well. I never got bored. I couldn't wait to find a few free minutes to pop open my iPad to read some more. That, my friend, is the real test of a good book.
P.S. - The nearly naked derriere on the front cover serves only one purpose: sell books. Relax. This is not a smut job.
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