Published by Trill Publishing on March 23, 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Author
I received this book for free from Kindle Unlimited, Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Things are darn near perfect for Alex Fisher: she runs a successful business with the love of her life, her husband and the father of her two great kids. She's managed to sail through nearly forty years without so much as a hiccup. That is, until the night her husband announces he would like to make a change-a change that has apparently been going on for months without Alex's knowledge. Yes, he has been having an affair with Alex's assistant. Suddenly Alex is bouncing through divorce, through her daughter's subsequent rebellion, and through the big questions of who she really is and what she wants in life. No longer living the dream, Alex uses her calm logic, internal dialogue, and sizzling wit-not to mention her friends-to turn the shock of a lifetime into an adventure of self-discovery that takes her from the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea to the Utah wilderness and along the impoverished streets of Peru. In this universal tale, told through Vischer's unique voice, Alex finds that no one escapes unscathed-but we can all have a good laugh and some major personal growth along the way. A humorous, compassionate, and honest look at how the worst time in one's life ultimately leads to unexpected fulfillment and authenticity.
Alex has it all two kids, a successful business, loving husband… or so she thought. She is shocked when her husband admits he’s been having an affair with her assistant and close friend and wants to move out. Eventually, they get a divorce and the dream life Alex has been living has to be totally redefined. As part of the regrouping, she has to deal with her wayward teenage daughter who is going down a destructive path fast. Taking drastic measures to help her changes her and the family dynamics. Will Alex be able to put back the pieces of her broken life and unlive her previous dream?
In an Oyster Shell – This book had a lot going for it and would work for a lot of people. For me, it took more time than usual to read and wasn’t really a book I really enjoyed.
The Pearls – The camaraderie of Alex and her girlfriends set a nice tone in this sometimes bleak book. They were the silver lining in some very strenuous circumstances. Who Alex was with them was nice to see. I liked seeing her prankster side coming out with them.
The passion with which the author wrote was palpable. She was invested in her pages and you can’t help but respect her for that. She tackled some heavy social issues. That alone was commendable. She wasn’t afraid to be raw in her prose.
The idea of the book is encapsulated in the title, Unliving the Dream. Alex was going in one direction and life circumstances brought her somewhere completely different. In the end the different direction became doable after some very tough breaks. The title was ironic and appropriate.
The Sand – It took me over a week to get through this book. That’s unheard of for me. It wasn’t so terrible that I would put it down but I drudged through it. I think the hardest thing for me was Alex made some decisions that were disheartening. She was weak in ways I couldn’t respect.
The other hard thing for me there was a lot of content. The content was disjointed at times. It could go all over the place. It spanned over years and years. It could have been at least two books.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy this book but if you’re a women’s fiction fan you might enjoy it.