by Ginny L Yttrup
- Publication Date: March 15, 2017
- Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (PB 4.1.17)
- Print Length: 322 pages
- ASIN: B01LXRCAGH
- Genre: Women's Fiction
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But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.
Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution.
At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.
As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.
This is not just the story of Melanie and Craig. This is a story of their friends, mental illness, depression, OCD, the thought of an affair, children, marriage in general, and the hardships that marriage can face, especially after a great loss.
I found myself completely enthralled with this story. I couldn't stop reading. Whether it was Melanie's POV or Craig's, or her best friend's, it didn't matter. It grabbed ahold of me and wouldn't let go. Perhaps it is because I have felt what the characters felt, or because I am going through in my life now what they are going through, or maybe it is just because the story is so well written, it filled my heart and mind.
Melanie and Craig have been married for numerous years. He's a contractor/construction worker, building the grandest of homes. She's an author, and presently is having the hardest time putting her thoughts into words, her words into a story, and even more, keeping her thoughts from wondering. She has an idea to change the story, but her editor isn't thrilled. So she tries to make the story fit, but it just isn't happening. A friend of hers offers a beach house to get away to for some time, to find peace, to find the story that needs to be written.
While this is going on, her marriage is on the rocks. Is it just Mel that checked out? Or did Craig check out too? Does it have anything to do with the woman Craig has been renovating a house for? Or is it due to a loss so great, so heartbreaking, that when never dealt with properly, lead to the effects of this shattering story of theirs?
Even when trying to find their own place in their relationship, their work, this world; both Craig and Melanie are still there for their best friends, their neighbors, who are having a go of their own. Can they keep their own heads above water (or wine), or do their own troubles and turmoils tear their marriage apart? Or will they truly find themselves called back home?