I recommend DAISY DOOLEY DOES DIVORCE by Anna Pasternak
Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak is a humourous and heartfelt romp through 39 year old Brit, Daisy Dooley's divorce and her consequent quest to understand men, relationships, and most importantly herself and the decisions she makes. It's a Bridget Jones's Diary for divorcees and an easy, charming and highly enjoyable read. It's sometimes very silly but also often poignant and Daisy's penchant for spiritual/self-help books makes her a kindred spirit. You will love this heartwarming, easy-to-read-in-a-few-sittings book even if you’re not divorced or have never been married. Anyone who has been disappointed at some point in her life by love, particularly by a man who she was in love with, will find so much in common with delightful Daisy. She’s full of spirit, sass and sensitivity and if she were a real person I would want to be her friend.
This particular nugget of wisdom struck me...
"It was true - my heart was like Miles's shelves, gnawed and splintered with emotional woodworm. I read on: "The difference between a little life and a big life is trust. Trust is the midwife of a big life. People only choose little lives because they don't trust and they want to control." That's the most difficult thing in life, I thought, getting the balance right between not giving up on your dreams and yet having enough faith in their fruition to let them go."
I also recommend FLIRTING WITH FORTY by Jane Porter
This elegantly written, thoughtful, honest novel is excellent Mom Lit reading. I am 44, single and childless, and cannot personally relate much to the main characters who are all either married or divorced with children and live within an extremely comfortable income tax bracket not wanting for anything but love and attention. However, I can totally agree with main character Jacqueline’s statement, “Because honestly, I’ve lived long enough to know we don’t always get what we deserve. We don’t always get the good we should.” As well as, “I am still, at forty, too romantic, too emotional, too sensitive, too intense.” That’s very true of me and my experience. Jacqueline, of course, does get the good she should in the end and her life, and Jane Porter’s, might surprise her occasionally with challenges, but for the most part they are incredibly blessed, beautiful women who lead charmed lives. It’s hard not to be envious of them. Perhaps the lesson here is that we can all lead charmed lives if we take risks and believe that we deserve to have what we want and to never settle for less. But how many of us really get to have the gorgeous, younger, six-pack toting, surf instructor boyfriend who makes us feel sexy? Ah ha, that’s what I thought. That being said, I’m looking forward to reading more of Jane Porter’s books.
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