The Unhappy Wife by @kegarland- My First Book Review

I really have been overwhelmed with joy and filled with gratitude about the number of WP bloggers who’ve read and chosen to write reviews of The Unhappy Wife! Here’s another from Pam over at K. Phoenix. She writes romance-erotica stories that you might enjoy 😉 Be sure to check out her site!

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When I first glanced at the book, The Unhappy Wife by authorKE Garlandwho is a dear friend and blogger, I was excited and anxious. I’m not married and never was, though it taught me to put myself first, and to not confused abuse of any kind as love.

As I stared at the electronic book in my hands, I couldn’t wait to swiped the pages to began reading.The stories are based on real women’s true stories about their experiences on marriage.

This is my first time doing a book review or any kind of review here, so I may reflect back to a certain time in my life and/or a woman I once knew from church who had gone through a similar situation as the women in this book. I won’t give much away; you have to go and read it for yourself if you haven’t done…

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The Unhappy Wife: A Book Review

Today’s review of The Unhappy Wife comes from someone that many of you might already follow, my girl Kelley, over at Gray Suede! Her site is super positive in terms of raising Black consciousness. Thanks again Kelley! I appreciate the support 😉

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As you all know, I’m not the best at book reviews, but I had to do it for my fellow blogging sister, Dr. Garland. She is beautiful, intelligent, honest and inspiring. When reading her posts, I often come away with a handful of golden nuggets and a new perspective, so supporting her new book was kind of a no brainer. Although I’m not married, engaged and never have been, Katherin promised that I’d gain something from The Unhappy Wife. And I did. Absolutely.

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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.”

I read The Unhappy Wife in…

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Small Business Saturday

It just dawned on me that I’m kind of a small business. I mean I do have a product that I’m trying to sell, aaand the holidays are coming up. What could be better than the gift of self-reflection through story. We all have that one person we want to send a hint to, so I’m sure you know someone who should read The Unhappy Wife. Even if they don’t like paperbacks, you can gift through Amazon. Did you know that? Anywho, if you haven’t already, order it here!

 

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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Other People’s Quotes: Never Give Up?

If you ordered The Unhappy Wife last week, then it should be on its way. If not, then what are you waiting for? Until then, check out this Audrey Hepburn quote. I’m not sure about this one. It comes from the Committed Wife section of the book. I’ve talked a lot about releasing people and things on this blog, so I have to say, I disagree. What do you think, though? When it comes to romantic relationships, do you keep trying, or let it go?

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 ORDER the PAPERBACK HERE!

And if you’ve pre-ordered the eBook, then it should have released to your device today!

The Unhappy Wife

Last month my friend over at 1000hoursleft conducted this wonderful interview. Check it out and check out kegarland.com to pre-order the eBook or order the paperback!

Work in Progress

photo of author Katerin E Garland and cover for book The Unhappy Wife, used as image for an inteview with the authorCover image and photograph courtesy of K E Garland, used with permission.

A Conversation with Dr. K E Garland

Dr. Katherin E Garland (writer/ academic / blogger / my friend) has just published The Unhappy Wife, a book of short stories based on the real lives of 12 women in marital discontent.

The closest I’ve come to marriage is having a partner who is a wedding photographer. With or without the ring, however, relationships have their ups and downs: sometimes they work; sometimes we invest in the work to make them work; sometimes we walk away; and sometimes, we remain – unhappily.

Over the weekend, Kathy and I chatted about her book, the writing process, and insights on love and relationships.


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