5 STARS "This is a brilliantly written debut novel. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. I really struggled to put this book down. It reminds me of my own experiences with verbal abuse. This book was a lesson. This book showed me bravery." Lindsey, Goodreads Reviewer
5 STARS "A beautiful, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and empowerment... I loved this book. I did not want this book to end, and when it did, I yearned for more. It touched my soul and left me pondering my own life. Beautifully written and so down to earth, what a debut novel by an extremely talented breakthrough author!" Erica, Goodreads Reviewer
4 STARS "I loved this story. I've lived this story. It was if reading my life spread out in front of me. What courage it takes an author to pull from your personal experiences and put it all out there for the world to see and judge. Jen Blau has done a beautiful job of bringing us real characters, with real flaws, who make real mistakes and tough decisions and sometimes bad choices. Characters who are afraid and conflicted, beaten down, but who draw on their inner strength. Emily is the victim of verbal abuse, to the point where she believes those things about herself, and his words have become her inner voice. In a family where "Monroe women don't leave", she finds the strength to know she deserves more and takes the steps to get there. Small, baby steps at times - one step forward, two steps back. It was a beautiful, heart-wrenching, but hopeful journey to watch." Lisa, Goodreads Reviewer
Emily's life defines the American Dream. She has a husband of eighteen years, two healthy teenage daughters, and a thriving business. But it's all a lie. Happily ever after was supposed to be enough, but her marriage is tattered, along with her self-esteem. She’s drowning and nobody sees her struggle.
UNTIL Logan, the town playboy breaks down her walls and reminds Emily of who she was before putting them up.
Can she risk everything for the life she wants, or will Emily stay and continue to live the lie?