There were a thousand tiny cracks in her protective coating, but it only took the right one for the entire shell to fall away...
Stella Maddox is approaching forty. After sacrificing her career to become a stay-at-home mom, her marriage and life disintegrate. Birthdays don't bother her, but screaming kids, superficial friends, and grey hairs do. She compromises her spirit over and over, and finds herself slipping through the cracks as her family's lives take priority over her own.
She strikes up a friendship with her neighbor's college-age son, Tad. Stella desires his company, but faces the possibility of destabilizing her marriage and family for an outlet to ease her loneliness. As the bond with her husband frays, she must decide when a connection becomes an affair, what actions she can live with, and which pieces inside she can still claim for herself.
Stella is trapped in a cage that she worked most of her life to build.
©2013 Stella Maddox (P)2013 All Things That Matter Press
At first I thought this was a story I could relate to and I enjoyed it for the most part. But midway, the character annoyed me. I mean I found the character complaining on and on about how alone she felt nauseating after a while. And to have an affair with a younger man only to realize in the end she needed a job for fulfillment?
I saw it through the end but I did not feel sorry for the character at all.
I have so many in my library that I'm at a loss but it has to have a more spirited and intelligent character not so needy and emotional.
Midway through it became more of a boring monologue from a spoiled housewife.
It just made me realize how stupid some women are.
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