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Friday, February 23, 2018

REVIEW: Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties by Camille Pagan @amazonpub @cnoepagan

Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties
by Camille Pagan

Thank you to Amazon Publishing / Lake Union for this copy in return for my honest opinion.
A delightful story about relationships, moving on and being true to yourself.

Publisher:  Amazon Publishing / Lake Union
Publishing: February 27, 2018
254 pages
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.

On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.

Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?

My Review:

We've all been through heartache right?  The person you think you're going to spend the rest of your life with ups and decides it's over... seemingly out of nowhere?  And the first thing you do?  You blame yourself.  What could you have done to make it better?  Where did you go wrong? HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO YOU?!  And then there's the truth to time healing all wounds and you WILL move on and find something better - whether with someone else or with YOURSELF.

So yes, this is a story we've seen time and time again.  However, Camille Pagan does this story with humor, truth and relatability.  We see Maggie go through all the stages of her marriage ending.  Her two children are polar opposites and while one would love to see them get back together, the other hopes that they don't.  You know why? Because children see way more than you give them credit for.  Watching Maggie grieve the loss of her relationship and go through the various stages was cathartic and reminiscent of what we all go through.  Dealings with the heart are the hardest - what you feel far outweighs what your brain will tell you most of the time, which is why it hurts so damn much when it happens.  

I love that the saying "everything happens for a reason" is not a theme in this book!  It's more a "take what life gave you and then make it your bitch"... or something along those lines. 🤣  What's fantastic about this book is Maggie.  I thoroughly enjoyed her character, the humor, the wit, the realism is how she dealt with everything, being in her 50s and single again.  It's never easy - but it IS doable. 

I highly recommend this fantastic contemporary read.  Especially if you've ever gone through a horrid breakup thinking there was no light on the other side.  Because let me tell you, you might not see it right away, but it's there... it's what you do with it that makes all the difference.  


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