Monday, June 25, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ The Truth About Love by Emma Nichols

The Truth About Love 
by Emma Nichols 

Where most stories end, this one begins. Nina and Shane are already married and have a special needs baby. Life isn’t the fairy tale she imagined. Their happily ever after has never seemed so far away. Then one October, everything falls apart. Years of addiction result in Shane having a complete breakdown. Nina must decide whether to keep the family together, or keep Kylie safe. The choice isn’t simple. The results are unexpected. The journey to happiness is long and difficult. 

See, the truth about love is that it’s messy, challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and scary. Most of all, real love never ends.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

This book was an extremely emotional read for me, and those emotions ran the gamut. I felt everything from empathy to anger, and even some happy when sweet little Kylie would reach another milestone. The story can be looked at in several different ways. Shane moves through several different types of addictive behaviors throughout the story, which could just be seen as an addictive personality with no desire to change. But, speaking from my own experiences, what I saw was a man with emotional and mental problems self-medicating with whatever he could find to make him feel better. When those things failed, the frustration and anger set in and he took it out on those closest to him, and of course, blamed everything and everyone except himself. What I didn't get was Nina. She absolutely infuriated me with her actions. I understand loving someone and trying to help them, but the fact that she constantly mentions keeping Kylie safe, yet puts her right back in the same situation over and over drove me to distraction. Everything, from the many excuses she makes for Shane to getting mad at those who are worried about her and keeping quiet to keep the peace - every action and decision shows her for the enabler that she is. The book is well-written and it certainly made me feel things, but I'm not sure I felt the things that were intended, especially with my less than enthusiastic response to the ending. I won't go into details so as not to give spoilers, but I was really hoping for more from both of these characters. 

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