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Love hurts but can be a beautiful mess
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
All I gotta say is TF slays you with her words. She is "Wielding the truth as a knife" with her latest book. Simple yet so hard, personal, effective and in your face. A book about divorce that is supposedly "light"? Nope. It was more light coming from Tarryn Fisher, sure, but the book and the characters were definitely people you know and understand. You can relate to them. Maybe you even are them. Even if they made some very poor choices. When you step back, you may see a little bit of you in them.
Humor and revenge came from Billie, but she was a trainwreck, honestly. You can feel her mixed emotions in her words and actions. She sees you and acknowledges you. But she doesn't know what she wants. She knows what she is supposed to want, but all she can see in front of her is revenge and getting what she came for.
"..It's not just a man I came back for. I want it all...every last thing."
F Marriage is about returning to oneself. About finding out who you are and understanding not everything that got you to that point is going to be easy or pretty. Billie returns to NY after her husband (Woods) left her for another woman. She has spent that last 2 years in the PNW and she still doesn't have her crap together. But she is returning to ruin those that ruined her first. Little does she know that a part of her past is a thing of beauty. She just has to realize it.
Her scenes with Satcher were the ones that shined. He always seemed to be at the right place at the right time. I always found myself smiling and laughing with them. With Woods, it just seemed a lie. Forced and unnatural. Why couldn't she ever see that?! Every dang character frustrated me. Some needed to grow up, some needed to fight, some needed to be honest, but they all served their purpose in Billie's rocky journey to find her happiness after divorce. Even with my frustration with each and every character, everyone played their role. My favorite part was one in which I thought was a turning point for Billie. Her blog post. It showed a woman of strength, honesty and someone who had fight in them. It spoke to me and the broken parts of me.
"We will rise, and we will build a new house, not a fortress, but a house full of natural light, surrounded by a garden of forgiveness and self-love. Welcome to FM. We're going to make it out alive. I promise."
But alas. It was not a turning point. A lot of messy actions and convoluted relationships followed and kind of took a little bit away from the story for me. Not enough to make me put the book down, but enough that I wanted to throw my kindle a few times.
Overall, the book was great but I wish I had more of an ending. More of an HEA. Yes, it's Tarryn Fisher and she doesn't write a clean or easy HEA, but the ending took me in another direction it should've never gone to in my opinion. Plus it just felt a little rushed towards the end. There didn't need to be THAT twist. There didn't need to be one decision that eventually led to the final decision. Everyone just needed to open their eyes and find their own happiness and FIGHT. Still, even with all that mixed up mess, the characters made me laugh and even shed a tear or two. What a beautiful Mess that is!