30 April 2015

#Throwback: Ditching the Dream

 Feeling dead in her marriage, Elizabeth Fairchild ditches the dream of her seemingly perfect life with her husband in search of who she really is. 

She went from her parents' house to her husband's home and never really learned to stand on her own two feet. She decides to leave her comfortable life in Napa Valley in search of her inner fire in New York City. She certainly didn't leave her husband to find another man, but she soon finds herself involved with two: Jack Stevens and Kevin Parker. 

Jack is older. He has heart-stopping good looks, is wildly successful, and is very much in control of everything around him - especially Elizabeth. 
Kevin is younger. He is carefree with a heart of gold and loves Elizabeth's spunk. 
While Elizabeth's old life still calls to her, she also finds what she needs in New York. But which dream will she choose?
Elizabeth has been married to her college sweetheart for 22 years.  She has three grown children that are in college and is realizing that she has never been on her own in order to find out who she really is.  She went from her parent’s home to her husband’s and now she’s ready for some new experiences.  So, she goes to NYC where she meets a couple of very eligible men. What will Elizabeth find out about herself when she sees what she’s been missing all of these years?

This is one of those books that is pure fantasy.  I can’t imagine any world where your husband of 22 years just suddenly decides it’s ok for you to go out and “sow your wild oats”.  I mean, I get it, but that kind of bothered me through the whole thing and I think took away from the story for me.  The plot just seemed very unrealistic and while I don’t really read romance to be 100% realistic, I do like an element of it to the stories I read.  It helps me to get into the book and become invested in the characters and while I think this is a well written book, the general plot just left me a bit bewildered.  As a mother and wife this one was just a little hard for me to get into.

I will give bonus points, however, for the sex in this book.  That was spot on and pretty hot, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Overall, this was not a bad book at all; I think that perhaps it didn’t appeal to me as a matter of personal taste.  I give it 4 stars.
Rounding the corner of the hallway, I rested my back on the wall and tried to catch my breath and calm my racing heart. I shouldn’t let him talk to me that way. And I shouldn’t be having these thoughts. But… But… It made me feel so desirable. Surely he talked like that to all the women. This was all a big game to him. He couldn’t mean any of it.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable,” he said, appearing next to me. He followed me? 

“Jack, look, things are - my life is just -” He didn’t let me finish. His lips, soft lips, came down on mine. It was rather chaste, somewhat calming, yet firing off all sorts of bells and warnings - and arousal. I closed my eyes and an unbidden moan escaped my throat. 

“Calm down,” he whispered, pulling back. “I won’t do anything you don’t want me to do. But there’s something between us. You feel it, too. I know you do.”

I didn’t protest. I didn’t know why. I opened my eyes to see him regarding me as if I were the most precious thing in the world. His lips again joined mine and this time I kissed him back. It was a dance of lips and tongues that would seduce even the most conservative woman. My hands joined the dance exploring every inch of his extremely well-toned body. Man! This guy must workout for hours every day. His arms, his shoulders, his back… everywhere my hands roamed, they were greeted with taught muscle.

~From Ditching The Dream by Isabelle Peterson

 The short story: I'm the wife of a most fabulous man for twenty years.
I'm a mother of 2 busy teens. 
I'm a dog lover.
I'm a serious drinker of coffee and wine.
I live near New York City.
My favorite place that I've visited is Monte Carlo.
My favorite color is green (but I look best in pink/salmon).
My favorite food is chocolate.
My favorite kind of music is New Country.

The long story:
I've always been a creative sort of person... I started with my college studies in Advertising Design and Illustration. I'm good at drawing and coming up with clever ideas.
As for story telling - well, that's where I have the most fun!  Ditching The Dream is my first novel, but I've been working on writing movies since, what seems like forever. Way back in high school my friend Aimee and I started writing a movie and I was hooked. We didn't know what we were doing, but we loved coming up with the story. I also like to come up with stories about people I don't know. Like the guy that cut me off on the expressway...He had quite a story - at least in my mind! Who knows? Maybe I've come up with a story about you! ;)

Ditching The Dream is a story that came to me while I was helping two author friends of mine. I was helping them with their books and I would make suggestions to amp up their stories along the way. Bev and Amy encouraged me to write my own story and Ditching The Dream was born.  Is it auto-biographical? No, not in the least. But it sure has been a fun story to come up with (especially when my hubby gets involved with coming up with ideas).


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