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The Value of a Homemaker Hardcover – January 14, 2010
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About the Author
I was fortunate to have three sisters and two brothers. I would be the youngest of three or the oldest of four. Growing up would not be an ordinary experience for any of us. Yet, amazingly we persevered. I believe all of us were determined and chose to do and be better- not repeat the same mistakes. Memories of our mother gentle and loving but frail and medicated too often. Our father instilled fear for he never was taught or shown real nurturing love himself. Later, we would all understand the dynamics of both our parents and we would forgive. My dreams were to be a singer, dancer, artist and missionary-one day. I have done it all in some small capacity and on borrowed time. I would marry while a junior in high school and have a son on my husbands birthday. Then, we were young and in love and determined to defy the odds. We would have three children and achieve incredible fi nancial success during the process. But, in the end I would be sacrifi ced and my husband rewarded. Divorced, appealed and annulled-I was compelled to write my fi rst book-my story, for understanding and to make a difference . . . . --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I was hoping to read about a woman who found the value of homemaking in a society where homemaking isn't particularly appreciated, how she found it satisfying, her experiences, and perhaps some advice gleaned from her work. Maybe even a couple of recipes, some scheduling tips. That sort of thing.
Instead, what is here is a 367-page (including an index!) plod through what she considers the injustice of having been married to a wealthy man for 20+ years and then being divorced. Apparently, the writer interprets the usual machinations of a nasty divorce as some sort of plot against her personally. She apparently learns nothing from these events. I admit that I read the first couple of chapters, some chapters from the middle of the book, and the final chapter, simply because I couldn't possibly bear to read the whole thing. The writer is in the same place personally and emotionally at the end of this long, repetitive grind as she was in the beginning. I should add that even post-divorce, it's obvious that the writer lives much more comfortably than most of us can hope to, which is salt in the wound of anyone struggling financially.
This is a self-published book. No commercial publisher would have touched it. The only question I'm left with is why on earth my local public library has a copy of this thing.
My advice is to skip this, unless you really, really like Lifetime movies about women who perceive themselves to be victims. This isn't nearly as good as that, and that is saying a great deal.