Half a Haibun 1

…then there was that time I wrote a book and my new friend I met through blogging felt inspired to create half a Haibun. Ta Mek! I certainly appreciate it 🙂 Who’s Thom? You gotta get a copy of The Unhappy Wife and find out 😉

Work in Progress

Half a haibun a collaborative project between 10000hoursleft.wordpress.com and other bloggers part 1 - the unhappy wife with K E  Garland

The two bedroom apartment and the job I had were because of Thom. We built a life together: eating breakfast, driving to work, eating lunch, returning home, eating dinner. His reliable presence smothered me.

But the alternative was to return home.

“Now, will you marry me?”

Why not, I thought.

love’s blind artisan

stokes furnace, raising ashes

thirst’s empty vessel

brimming in complicity

Madame Pele’s dormant wrath

Tanka inspired by an extract from The Unhappy Wife, by Dr K E Garland. The book is a fictionalised account of the real lives of 12 women who are/were in unhappy marriages, and includes an afterword by relationship coach Anita Charlot. The extract is from Chapter 4, capturing the world of one of the ‘voiceless’ wives. I am currently reading my paperback copy and loving the insight into the characters and unique circumstances that have caused the dysfunction in each relationship. Kathy has done a great…

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Support #5 and Book I’m reading #3

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. WordPress bloggers are some of the MOST supportive people I’ve never met. This post is no exception! Although he’s not a book blogger, Tareau not only ordered The Unhappy Wife, but also read and commented. Check out his favorite story and stay tuned for my upcoming series of conversations centered on each wife’s story. Thanks again Tareau!

Activities For Grown Folks

*SPOILER ALERT, LADY G, DO NOT READ, I repeat Lady G, DO Not Read. Don’t do it Gwinn*

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Ok, the last book I read was called “The Unhappy Wife” by Dr. K.E. Garland. It was a very informative look into the mindsets of Women from the Midwest and the South, who have been abused, cheated on, and used. All of these women either had to overcome something or someone to leave their husbands or forgive their husbands. I would like to highlight a few things from this amazing book.

Miss Sharlene’s story started in 1977. She Married 5 times in her lifetime and she explains in depth what happened with each marriage. The most powerful quote I’ve heard in a long time was this.

“There’s no perfect person. We as women are not perfect. We have imperfections. But the thing is, we’recommend looking for perfections in a man. And that’s…

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Book Review: The Unhappy Wife

Special thanks to Book Blogger, Tania over at Life According to Tania for review #2: ⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️ If you’ve written a book, go check out her blog and guidelines. She squeezed my genre in, so I especially appreciate this review.

Life According to Tania

I know no one expected me to be back again, so soon. But I am and I have another book lined up to review (along with plenty more!). I was lucky enough to received an ARC of The Unhappy Wife by K. E. Garland. So, I’m just going to jump right into it.


Author: K. E. Garland (Get it here)

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

Twelve women share one thing in common – the quest for being happily married to the men they chose; however, each one finds herself in an unexpected marital predicament. Inspired by real events and told from each woman’s perspective, these short stories are firsthand accounts detailing the realities of marriage well after each woman said, “I do.”.


Review:
So, again, this is a little different than the books I usually read as this is a collection of short stories. However, they were very good stories…

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