- File Size: 1193 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1532724381
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Burnett (June 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F2QTBSI
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thomas has moved on with his life, after suffering so much from being abandoned by Jennie and was left to take care of two small children. He had given upon Jennie returning and after several years has found happiness with Emma. However, this happiness was to be destroyed when tragedy struck and Thomas and his children lost Emma. Thomas was left to care for their newborn on his own.
Jennie has gotten her life back on track after recognizing that she had bipolar disorder. She has been reunited with her children and had regular visits with them. She has a great job and enjoying life like a normal person. One thing, however, has not changed and that was her feelings for Thomas. As such when she heard that Emma was killed, she began to wonder if there was a chance for Thomas and her to rekindle what they once had. (This is not to say she was not affected by the death of Emma. They had moved past their and became friends.) Thomas has come to realise that Jennie was not the same woman who had abandoned her family years ago. He has started to rely heavily on her for help with the newborn. As a result, they grew closer. Just when things seem to be going great between them, Thomas’ step-daughter Tasha decided that she would destroy Jennie. Will she succeed in her diabolical plan?
Once and Future Wife which I found inspiring and emotional, is a story of love, acceptance, second chances and forgiveness. Once again David Burnett has transported me into a world where I got a first-hand look at the effects of mental illness. He demonstrated the misunderstanding that surrounds it and the daily struggles that sufferers of the disorder face. He also demonstrated the effect it has on their loved ones.
If you are looking for a story that will engage you and keep you glued to the pages, then Once and Future Wife would be a good choice.
I relate Once and Future Wife to watching a scary, not necessarily horror movie but one with scary parts, movie. There were parts of the book that I knew were going to play out in a way I would not like. Jennie was making decisions I would not endorse or would not have personally made. I had to, at times, get up and walk away for a little bit to get in the right mindset to continue reading. It was either walk away or scream at the screen of my Kindle app as I wanted to tell her not to do that.
More than the settings in different parts of this book – small town Georgia, Atlanta, Charleston, all of which I love – I was drawn to the unwritten commentary on mental health that threads its way through the book. I pleaded, in my mind, with Jennie Bateman to not throw away her 12 years of constant living by doing something rash. I screamed, even though I walked away my brain was still screaming, at Jennie to talk things over with someone.
At times, the book hit too close to home. I do not have bi-polar disorder but know those who do and who have tried the self-medication or no medication routes. Neither have proved successful in real life so I had a slight idea of how this was going to end up. What I couldn’t count on in my real life to book life scenario comparison was the strength of Thomas’s character. I did not know how he would react.
I truly believe everyone should read this book for any number of reasons. First and foremost, it is a good read. Second, it discusses a topic that in many social circles is taboo – yet, a topic that needs to see the light of day more frequently. Third, while I could try to predict the ending, I did not have a good grasp on it until the last few pages of the book.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.