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Review – Unliving the Dream by Sandra Vischer

Review – Unliving the Dream by  Sandra VischerUnliving the Dream by Sandra Vischer
Published by Trill Publishing on March 23, 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 390
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.


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.

3 Pearls!

3 Stars

About Sandra Vischer

I grew up in Palatine, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, the second of four daughters to loving parents, Trudi and Bill, who provided me with an idyllic childhood. While attending Southern Illinois University as an English Lit major, I was also a member of the Famous Writer’s School of Westport, Connecticut, a correspondence school whose faculty included Rod Serling, Bennett Cerf, Max Shulman, and Faith Baldwin. After my junior year and two months abroad, I married my college sweetheart and started working for IBM in the Chicago area.

A year later, we decided to make a change and moved to Portland, Oregon, a place where natural beauty abounds. I continued with IBM for another five years until I decided to be a stay-at-home mom to our son and daughter. Some years later when my kids were in school, my husband and I started a business that created exhibits for museums. Within a year of its beginnings, we were a huge success with prestigious clients like the John Steinbeck Museum in Salinas California, The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Warm Springs Museum in Warm Springs, Oregon, and the Academy of Achievement in Washington, DC.

While I’ve wanted to write a novel since I was a teenager, life led me into the business world, which was satisfying for my analytical mind, but my dream never died. In my twenties, I’d read a couple of Shirley MacLaine’s books, Don’t Fall Off the Mountain and Out On a Limb (where she’d journeyed to Peru). A long-time admirer of her and her life of adventure and search for spirituality, I felt a kinship with her and her way of being. Back then, many people thought Shirley was a little out there in her beliefs, and yet I totally related! My discovery has continued with writers like James Redfield, Eckhart Tolle, Brené Brown, and for a good laugh, Nancy Meyers!

At the age of 39, I found myself divorced and single parenting. Eventually, with my children grown, I sold my share of the exhibit business and spent my time traveling and writing, just like I’d imagined so many years before. After a devastating 2004 tsunami hit Thailand, I wanted to go there to help. I checked with several organizations and they said what they really needed was money not more people. It was then I decided to merge my desire to follow Shirley’s Peruvian journey of self-discovery with my need to volunteer. I found a New York City based group called Cross Cultural Solutions to facilitate my adventure. In the spring of 2005, I made it happen.

When I returned, I began writing Unliving the Dream. I still live in Portland, still love to travel and spend time with my family, and look forward to life’s next divine lesson.

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