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In her new book Leontiades picks up years later. She and Morton are living on a Swedish island with their two children, and while Morton continues to date, Louisa has slipped into the roles of wife and mother and had moved away from the poly life she embraced years before. Trying to work, take care of her children, isolated on an island, have all taken their toll on her self-esteem (body issues come up repeatedly) and made her question what happened to the person she was.
Morton encourage her to date and after awhile she meets Janus and begins to reawaken the side of her she thought was not dead, but hibernating. Janus becomes part of her family, taking an active role with her children, becoming good friends with Morton and Morton's girlfriend, and living a "normal' family life with them. Or so it seems. Janus has cancer and without a liver transplant will die shortly. At the same time Louisa discovers she has a tumor on her thyroid and is waiting to find out if she to has cancer. As dramatic as it seems what you get is a family pulling together to help and support one another through bad times, as well as enjoying the good times. Louisa is there for Janus while he undergoes test after test and finally a transplant. Morton is there for Louisa by taking care of the children and house while she is with Janus. Janus supports Louisa while she is going through her medical turmoil. Leontiades shows us family is family, no matter how many people make up that family, or its makeup in general. Love is love and you can love and support more than one person no matter the dynamics of that relationship(s).
As important though is her lesson that life is unpredictable, no one knows how much time they have here. I took this to be a book less about the polyamorous lifestyle than about the idea life is short, make the most of it. I gave it four stars for one reason. The Husband Swap was more personal, you felt Leontiades was really writing about her life and what she was going through. Necessary to Life...read more like fiction and less autobiographical, not necessarily a bad thing as the lessons apply either way, but more like a generic story. Other than that it was a great read and one I recommend.