Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Year of Loving by Traci L. Slatton

The Year of Loving
by Traci L. Slatton

Publisher: Parvati Press (October 10, 2016)
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
Genre: Women's Literature - Contemporary
Print Length: 432 pages

Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is off the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market when she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers.

Sarah’s courage, humor, and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away?
The Year of Loving by Traci L. Slatton

The Year of LovingIn two words I can give my recommendation of Traci L. Slatton’s The Year of Loving, READ IT!

In today’s society life comes at us from all angles at a rapid-fire pace, good or bad and there comes a time when one doesn’t know how much more they can take. That time has come for Sarah Paige and she is struggling to regain her sense of balance, self-worth and to find a place to heal and feel good about herself. Divorced almost twice, a mother of two, a business owner barely staying afloat, Sarah is caught in an emotional threshing machine as her embittered ex-husband does all he can to undermine her relationship with her daughters, turning them against her with his lavish gifts and endless bankroll. When her best friend further shatters the fragile hold she has on life, all Sarah has left is the tenuous hold she has on controlling her own life.

Two men want Sarah, one is far too young, self-absorbed in his own life, one is older, powerful and used to taking control of every situation. While both have their good sides, Sarah is not ready to commit to anyone until she can rein in her own personal issues. For anyone who has ever felt like it is you against the world, like your heart is being stabbed repeatedly with a rusty blade or like a cockroach under someone’s shoe, you will relate to Sarah in all her flawed glory.

Traci L. Slatton has NOT created a Shrinking Violet in Sarah, or a woman who spends her energy wallowing in self-pity. Sarah is a strong woman, vital and oh my, her wickedly wry sense of humor is priceless! Her headstrong determination sometimes is her worst enemy, but hey, no one is perfect. I almost needed a leather strap to bite on when she tangled with her daughters and their callous attitudes when her concern WAS to be a good parent who tried to set high standards for them, knowing she was powerless to help them see that her boundaries were far healthier than their father’s “gifts.” Another connecting point for so many. Love her, hate her, Sarah is real, she feels, she tries to do what is right, no matter what, but she is a woman alone and she recognizes that, too, no excuses, no apologies.

If you are looking for a meaningful read that feels so very real, look to Traci L. Slatton’s The Year of Loving and feel the power in the words she has written for today’s society. Definitely a Gem to be read and felt!

I received this copy from Traci L. Slatton in exchange for my honest review.

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