Once and Future Wife by David Burnett, Author 'so much emotion & truth, absolutely amazing' reviews Charlotte Lynn
"While this is the second book in the series, each book can be read as a standalone. Those Children Are Ours, the first book, was wonderful. Once and Future Wife is even better. Jennie is still redeeming herself to her ex and her children but she is doing it. She is working hard to make a life for herself and be self sufficient. Her children are working on accepting her and making her more of her life and the ex is letting them.
David Burnett has a way with telling the story. He writes with so much emotion and truth that I could not help but be pulled into the story. I was invested in Jennie and Thomas. Neither of them had an easy life and this book starts with Thomas losing his wife. How he deals with the loss and raising of his children is absolutely amazing. I love how he opens up his heart again, he learns to trust again, and he learns to love again.
The ending is absolutely amazing. I did not see how it would end. I had my thoughts and hopes but I was sure that they were just mine. I was thrilled when some of my thoughts came through and surprised at some of the twists. The feelings, the reactions, and the story are all so real and true.
I recommend reading Once and Future Wife. If you have not read Those Children Are Ours I recommend starting with that and then continuing with the rest. Yet, as I said earlier you can read this as a standalone."
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Jennie Bateman has again fallen in love with Thomas, her former husband, but Tasha, one of his children, is determined to destroy their relationship.
Jennie had done that herself a number of years earlier. In the midst of a manic episode, she had deserted Thomas and their two daughters, choosing, instead, a life of shameless debauchery.
Perhaps she was shocked when Thomas filed for a divorce. Perhaps it was the influence of a preacher who took an interest in her. Perhaps she simply cycled back toward normal.
Whatever the cause, years later, when she again made contact with her family, she was a different person. Even so, they wanted nothing to do with her.
But time moves on. Circumstances change.
Jennie has been accepted by her children. Thomas’s second wife has died, leaving him a single parent with four adult daughters and a newborn. In Jennie’s eyes, he is the same good-looking, kind, loving person she had fallen for when they were in college.
While Jennie has fallen in love with Thomas, he has no interest in romance. He is still mourning the loss of his second wife, he is caring for their infant daughter, and he still nurses the hurt he felt when Jennie abandoned him so many years before. He does not want her around his children, and he is determined to shelter his infant daughter from her.
As time passes, though, he finds himself attracted to Jennie again, discovering she now resembles the girl with whom he once fell in love, rather the shrew who once walked out of his life.
Tasha knows of Jennie’s earlier life and she has discovered that she still takes medication to control her behavior.
“Are these your crazy pills?” Tasha mocks her as she snatches the bottle from Jennie’s hand. “If I flush them, will you be crazy in the morning? Only a weakling depends on medicine,” she asserts.
She insists that whether Jennie takes the medication or not, she will ultimately relapse, that another manic episode lies ahead, perhaps just around the bend. She taunts Jennie by printing documents from the internet to support her claim. She reminds Jennie that if she were to relapse after marrying Thomas, she would ruin his life – a second time.
Shamed by Tasha, Jennie ponders tossing her medication, hoping to prove to both of them that she can live without it. As she considers what to do, she fears that she will fail the test, be unable to cope, and her demons– anger, alcohol, and sex − will come rushing back to thwart her chance for a second marriage just as they destroyed her first.
Thomas would not try to cope with those demons again, would he? She couldn’t ask that of him, could she?
In Once and Future Wife we follow Jennie as she goes a second round with her demons, hoping to find a way to stop them from destroying the love and happiness that finally seem to be within her reach.