Mary Gooch’s universe has shrunk to the trail she has worn from her bedroom to the refrigerator. Disappointment and worry have worn Mary down to not leaving the house, hiding from the world behind food.
On the eve of their silver anniversary Jimmy, Mary’s very attractive athletic husband does not come home. She is forced for the first time in years to action and she boards a plane alone to search for her husband. So begins Mary’s to self discovery as she opens her eyes to a world she no longer believed in… only to find herself along the way.
This was our Wordshaker On Line Book Club pick and 24 people (both bloggers and non bloggers) who read Book Journey joined in on this read-a-long. This was my first experience with Lori Lansen’s writing and I was really impressed with the style in which the book flows.
Of course, the main character Mary gave me mixed feelings. On one hand you cant help but feel bad for this woman who let her eating go too far. Yet on the other hand I wanted to shake her out of her slump and get her motivated to make positive changes. Thanks goodness I was not a character in the book! I would have been an annoying neighbor that would have asked her to come rollerblading or biking. 😛
Yet, author Lori Lansens knew what she was doing when she developed the character of Mary. As Mary learns to make positive choices for herself – we can’t help but cheer her on. And yes, Mary throughout the book becomes more and more likable, leaving you at the end a little sad that your time with her is over.
I have not had the opportunity (yet) to read any of Lori Lansen’s other books. I have heard The Girls is a wonderful read and I look forward to having a chance to enjoy that one soon!
But this is just my thoughts…. here’s is what the Wordshakers thought of the book:
We had a good discussion on how people look and judge those who are obese. The judgment and labels that are pinned on those who struggle with their weight is maddening. Degrading. And you can see why Mary would have chose to stay inside rather than venture into the world any more than she had to.
The discussion over how we felt about Jimmy was intense. Some understood Jimmy’s reason for going away but others found this to be a cowards way out. Over all, it did get Mary out of a lifelong slump and if Jimmy had not left, more than likely nothing would have changed.
The majority of the group felt that they would recommend this book to others. On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the best out of the 24 who read it, 7 was the average rating.
Please watch for my upcoming Author Chat with Lori Lansen!
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