“The author has crafted a good book on a marriage in midlife crisis. She is a marriage expert - syndicated radio show, book just released. he wants out of the marriage but can't really explain why. There is lots of learning and forgiveness on both sides. A good read.”see full review » see other reviews »
“New Book, May 2012”Whitaker Library wrote this review Wednesday, May 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Christian Chick Lit Plus -- I didn't know this genre existed but it was different from other things I have read. It was a good story and I liked the idea of a mid-life crisis being at the center of the story. But not a classic mid-life crisis -- at times you hated one character, then loved them then back to hate. Just like life -- people don't often stay in the box you have labeled for them.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, November 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author has crafted a good book on a marriage in midlife crisis. She is a marriage expert - syndicated radio show, book just released. he wants out of the marriage but can't really explain why. There is lots of learning and forgiveness on both sides. A good read.”Joan N wrote this review Monday, July 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Side Roads series book 2--Couple splits over "irreconcilable differences" but eventually find their way back to a good relationship after numerous false starts.
“Jillian Galloway was on top of the world. A successful radio host of Recipes for Marriage, an author about to start her first book tour for She Said, He Heard, as well as a wife and mom. What she didn't expect as her and husband, Jack, were planning to get ready to leave on her first debut whirl wind book tour, was an announcement from Jack asking for a divorce.
How could this happen? She had devoted her life to making sure everything in Dr. Jack Galloway's life flowed smoothly from running the house, paying the bills, and being what she thought was the perfect wife. She thought their communication was excellent since Jack was her source of inspiration for helping other married couples through their difficulties. How can she possibly move forward in her career as a marriage expert when her own was falling apart?
In the book, Desert Gift by Sally John, Jillian is faced with a choice between fighting for her career or her marriage. Yet how do you fight for your marriage when your husband won't talk to you, tells you that he doesn't love you any more and has moved out? Jillian is struggling with these decisions while her agent Gretchen keeps her working on her book tour as she becomes more sad and depressed as she discovers more about herself than she would have imagined through a series of encounters with the most delightful cast of characters.
Faced with blunt honesty at times, Jillian is forced to face the reality that God has bigger plans for her, and the more she resists Him, the longer her road to recovery will take. This book is a great way to look at how marriages will come to a crossroads at a midway point that most call a mid-life crisis. The things that Jillian will learn along her way will help us look deep within our own marriages and see them through a new pair of eyes.
I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and can honestly say, there were a few areas within my own marriage I was able to give a hard look at to make sure we keep our foundation strong. Desert Gift rates a 5 out of 5 stars and a must read for any marriage. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats. ”
“I enjoyed reading this book. Jillian was the quintessential formulaic Christian advisor ~ if you do this, then God, your husband, your friends, your family, will do that. Of course, that's not how it works all the time and it's not right, it's manipulative. Her husband, the partner in her perfect marriage that she has used as a basis for her radio program and her new book, rebells suddenly; and she is forced to deal with issues from her childhood. The characters that she meets when she decides to hide out at her sister's and her parent's, help her to discover where her assumptions have been wrong and how to move forward. I especially enjoyed Agnes an elderly member of the Casitas Pack who knew exactly what to say and when, communing with angels and giving indirect advice. One of the most difficult lessons in life is told in an imaginative and real-life manner including all the shocks and all the gifts. Definitely a good book to read.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers who has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.