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A Must Read For depression in empty nest syndrome and grabbing hold of your personal purpose in life-Incredible!
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2014
When this book first came out, I thought " what a boring book!" Then after marriage of 15 1/2 years and calibrating my life with my husband that cancer of my spinal cord and uterus along with early simptoms of it spreading to my brain, and alluded to the fact that my dreams and my hard high honor status in school along with being a member of the National Honor Society, left me with no vocation and some law classes between treatments. My husband was tepid in understanding in the tender needs I needed, missed my golden retreiver( no pet townhouse) , my daddy( dead at 63-3 yrs ago) and needed affirmation about my life. I have read virtually every Steel novel, (note: when married to the late husband John Traina/ predeath of beloved son, Nick, her writing took on a different palpable feel as we know today).
So, one day, I visited my local library and had alighted my eyes on this book. For some reason, I pulled it off the shelf and cursorily began reading it . Its funny how your brain lexicons events and older impressions. To say it was fantastic was an understatement! It's reason was basically the more you identify with the book as a whole, mirroring your life at that time, it's content holds another interpretation and new experience to reading it. Even rereads.
In " Answered Prayers" , Steel pens a wife and husband who after many years fall into a recalcitrant dull routine. However, as the novel progresses, the main protagonist finds a renewal of life beyond being a haus-frau and ends up going back to school to become a lawyer. In her forties!!! From a new found temerity, Liz finds the power to upend her predictable life and causes her once comfortable relationship to a unstable, tense home life without the support of her husband and further, endures resistance and hardship incurred by him making her decision to not live for him, but to reclaim her life she left at the altar.
I practically inhaled this novel. I identified with Liz due to the identical situation and depression one finds doing ferris wheel chores and never ending housework most woman find themselves in daily, haunted by thoughts that say , " I want feel something more engaging in life than to wake up and clean"! Her desire to finding a purpose in life leads her to an old friend she had and throughout the support and strength, He provides the foundation Liz needs to redeem her once banal life.
As far as the rest of the book, I leave that up to you to find out what happens to her marriage, school and goals. If you currently lack the ever needed pat on the back for doing thankless but efficient housework to help keep your home peaceful, and yet feel like Liz, this book is for you! If you struggle with feelings of wanting to matter and hope that your life at your mid-forties is over and will never take a trajectory, pick this novel up and have a good sit with it. Danielle really comforts and affirms the little thibgs as well as the drop of the ball or the feelings ennui of being just a house wife/mother. She will bring balm and hope to your heart as you enjoy this book called " Answered Prayers".