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The Stuff That Never Happened

by Maddie Dawson

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Últimamente , mi insomnio y mi hijo (combinación fatal) estan consiguiendo que tenga menos horas de sueño , muchas menos de las que uno deberia tener en vacaciones (existe realmente el sueño en las vacaciones? En realidad , probablemente se duerma menos )

Si hay algo bueno en esta situación (zombie , soy un zombie) es que estoy leyendo el triple . Y en estos últimos días se me dio por este genero , "women's fiction" le dicen . No se a que refiere exactamente el nombre , no me parece que realmente haya libros exclusivos para mujeres ; esta clase de historias son simplemente humanas ,cualquiera que tenga dos ojos que funcionen y un gusto por leer puede disfrutarlas .

Esta novela en particular se me hizo casi imposible de leer . Me la pase la historia entera sufriendo en nombre de Grant (un personaje tan realista y soñado al mismo tiempo!) y varias de las decisiones de la femenina fueron difíciles de tragar .

Tuvo na conclusión perfecta , sin embargo . No tanto el como se llego a ella (un poco apresurado quizás) sino que se llego al fin , eso fue lo satisfactorio ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
What if? That is what Annabelle McKay is thinking as her children fly the nest and her husband, Grant, is totally immersed in his work. Twenty-six years earlier, as a newlywed, Annabelle had an affair with Jeremiah. While she remained with Grant, and hasn't seen or spoken to Jeremiah since the affair ended, she often thinks about him and wonders what her life with him would have been like. She doesn't really regret her marriage, but what if.....

A chance encounter with Jeremiah brings her fantasy version of him face-to-face with her real life, and Annabelle struggles to deal with the memories evoked and the current feelings she has upon seeing Jeremiah again.

This is a wonderfully told story, with strongly developed characters. It explores what marriages can and should be; how we can distort the past; how hard it can be to fully understand the people you love. ( )
  LynnB | Apr 24, 2015 |
Great family novel. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson is an artfully crafted story of Annabelle McKay, a wife and mother who, by outside accounts, has all the reasons to relish in her life. But Annabelle, after her two children were grown and moved from home, begins to think of days long past when she, in the very first years of her marriage to Grant, had a secret affair. Exploring the emotions invoked when pondering how things may have been under different circumstances, Dawson tempts readers through the well-crafted thoughts and feelings that Annabelle experiences, especially when a chance encounter brings her face-to-face with her love of past years. The emotional range of this story is enough to keep fiction fans entranced by the choices made long ago by one woman, the rebirth of opportunity as the path not taken reopens before her, and the ultimate decision she faces at this new crossroads.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Stuff That Never Happened through the Amazon VINE Program, for review. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | May 23, 2012 |
The writer does a great job of making you feel like you are in the situation. However, at times she is quite wordy when it is not needed (almost like she couldn't tell if she wanted to be thought-provoking or entertaining). If she had picked one or the other this book would have been much better. ( )
  sunnydrk | Jun 22, 2011 |
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"Comparing her stable marriage to a passionate affair she had twenty-six years earlier, Annabelle feels neglected by her busy husband and cares for her pregnant daughter before an encounter with her past love forces her to question her choices." -- NovelList.… (more)

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