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She is me, my friends, my sisters.
She is brutally real and heartbreakingly recognizable.
She is the reflection in my mirror at the end of another day, and she's the hope that lives in my heart.
She is the beautiful woman I've come to know, who portrays a lighthearted and confident exterior, but suffers in silence.
I love stories that tell of a journey, that describe the transformation from despair to hope. Stories like this, that teach us it is possible to dig deep and find the strength to face the next day.
With our head held high, our face to the sun and a seed of hope in our hearts.
It has been years since I've been moved this deeply by someone else's story, and I feel the desperate need to hug.
If you are not afraid to be challenged emotionally—to recognize yourself in someone else's words—read this story. If you want to believe there is hope—despite a life that has proven again and again there is none—you need to pick up this book and believe with me.
I loved this story. While the title suggest an affair, that is not the case. The affair can describe how one can cheat on oneself by not allowing a life deserved. Can sacrificing yourself for others be the way to happiness? Sometimes in life, situations happen beyond our control. When life events are too tough to overcome, help is needed.
One topic addressed in this story is depression. Depression is a real illness. Not one you can see on the outside, but very real indeed. Because of depression I have walked in Jayne's shoes. Tracie Podger gives the reader an accurate portrayal of depression. The feelings are real. The sadness is real. The overwhelming tiredness is real.
Thank you Tracie for sharing a piece of yourself with your readers.
Book Crazy Gals
“I smiled when I thought of my parents. They lived nearby in Crinkly Bottom as they called it. It was a complex for the elderly.”
“Before I turned out the light I noticed a white shirt in the laundry bin. It was one of Michael's. I pulled it out and held it to my face. It smelled of him, of his aftershave. It smelled of her perfume too. I took the shirt into the garden and lifted the lid off the BBQ. I squirted lighter fuel over the top and with my lighter, watched it go up in flames.”
“Watching my dad die, witnessing the process of death, would live with me forever. As would the smell. There were no words to really describe the smell of death, but it permeated the air, my clothes, and my hair. It was acrid with hints of acetone.”
“I'd never slept naked before. I had that silly thought instilled from childhood – never sleep naked in case the house caught fire. I had a fear of the fireman having to help me down a ladder with my bare arse on show.”
“I wanted you from the moment you stumbled on a speed boat. I don't know what it is about you but I need you. I've never connected with someone the way I connect with you. You pull me, all the time.”
“'I can't let go of you,' he said. 'Don't let go of me,' I whispered.”
I finished Tracie Podger's latest masterpiece of A Virtual Affair with my bruised yet hopeful heart in my throat, tear tracks down my face, and a smile on my lips. Poignant is a word that comes close to describing this book – but it doesn't quite do it justice. Let me add in real world, relevant, heart squeezing, painfully honest, highly emotive, cleverly insightful, masterfully written, and sneakily humorous.Read more ›
The book itself is, I believe, one of two halves. The first half of the book concentrates on Jayne's quest to break free from a life of drudgery, heartache and missed opportunities. She has been put down so much by her husband since they married that she can't remember at times what she was like as a person. She has to battle against the life she knows as a wife in order to find the woman she knows she can be. She can finally see a much happier future for herself.
The second half of the book is the most heartbreaking tale I have read for a while, moreso because I realised while reading that a lot of it was based on real life events. What happens to Jayne is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. The happiness she is starting to believe she can have is taken from her in an instant. The aftermath of this event brings her lower than she has ever been before, and getting her life back is a long hard struggle.
Throughout the book the female characters are portrayed as strong people, but they have to deal with circumstances beyond their control. The friendships between the female characters in particular is what makes the book so good at times. There are also family connections which are difficult to understand, and certain actions which are only explained later in the story.
When all is said and done, family is for life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh wow!!! I love Jaynes story. I love how no matter what life throws her she never gives up hope. She's determined to find herself.
This book was amazing
When you're reading this book you could be mis forgiven that this book could be real life.
We meet 45 year old Jane, She's married to a absolue idiot of a husband... Read more
I have to be completely honest here, and confess that I was completely leary of this book. And boy did I make a big mistake on judging a book by its cover so to speak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nikki W.
A Virtual Affair should come with a Virtual Defibrillator because my heart has been broken, warmed and shocked in the space of 12 hours. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TracyF TBConFB
I really enjoyed this book, it actually had me in tears, the way Tracie writes is fantastic - I found myself really relating with each character, some I hated, some I loved, thats... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorraine Grimshaw
I have all tracies books she is such a passionate writer this so good I could not put it downPublished 4 months ago by ms renee tompson
Absolutely loved, loved loved this story. Never hated a husband before! I was onan eemotional roller coaster. I sure hope to read more on this wonderful couple.Published 5 months ago by margaret lander
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Every now and again, you read a book that literally makes you feel every emotion. This was just such a book for me. Read more
I would like to thank TBC and Tracie Podger for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jackie Roche
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