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Publisher's Summary

Andrea, Samantha, and Josie have one thing in common: an ex they want to forget. Although they’ve tried to keep it together, there comes a time when you have to move on. But moving on only seems to make matters worse as they strive to make new lives for themselves. There is always something that keeps luring them back into the drama they’re desperately trying to escape. Will these women finally find the path to happiness, or will the side effects of their exes keep them stuck in an unhappy rut?

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This book would have been better if not for the homophobia

I really wanted to get into this book, but the narration was bad enough. Then half-way through the story we have to hear a character using homophobic slurs just because she was being cheated on. Sorry to give this spoiler; however, being the issue with being cheated on by a partner who has sex with someone of the same gender is the CHEATING, NOT THE GENDER. Please do better.

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Held my Attention

I really like I really like Anna Black's books. This one is really good. While some portions were very predictable overall it was suspenseful. I listened to the whole book in one night.
The narrator was not the best.

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I just can’t

The narrator was a bit much however she’s one of my favorites. Did the characters have to be so stupid Anna was driving me crazy. She let her gay husband choke her 3 times and take her kids gloves come off. Your sexual preference is ur business however use what ever U have to, to get my kids out of harms way, I mean come on. They were all too extra... Anna Black is usually pretty good but she dropped the ball on this one!

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Great Story

I haven’t encountered an Anna Black book that I wasn’t satisfied with. This story was engaging and well written. The characters back stories were developed enough to help you understand what they’ve been through. Can’t get enough.

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beautifully written

I can relate to most of this story. the changes these women went thru and how they struggled with their feelings and circumstances. I cried as each one found themselves n love again and how they loved stronger...

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Good read.

Real life stories. Delivered in an effective and engaging manner. Loved her voice. Strongly recommend.

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Has some anti gay language throughout the book

Not only are derogatory words are used but the character’s story arch is very disappointing.

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A good book to pass time by while you wait for your other book series

The speed of this audio was gentle and mature the characters dealt with experiences I can relate too...I enjoyed listening. Truthfully at the end I did fast forward some parts especially Jo parts because it was predictable but overall 3 1/2 stars.

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Gay Bashing

Enjoyed the overall story line. Not a fan of the negative connotation of homosexuality. While the character Jeremiah was an evil and nasty man, however I felt like the character gay bashed, which makes it harder struggle for young gay Christians to be honest and open.

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Frustrating and homophobic

There are three main characters who are kinda sorta friends with slightly intersecting storylines.

Josephina- her story was the least interesting to me. Her story was both real and unauthentic at the same time. And, the narrator did an awful job at her Latina accent.

Andrea - I spent more time being annoyed with her story than anyone else’s. She and her storyline made no sense. She’s in a loveless marriage with a controlling Hollier-Than-Thou minister of a mega church. **Spoiler** Andrea gets her hands on a video of her husband having sex with a man. She uses every gay slur she can. She refers to him as being unhealthy, ungodly, and other things. As much as I didn’t like her husband Jeremiah, the story conflates his homosexuality with the fact that he is abusive. The author apparently believes that if you’re gay, you’re also horrible and sadistic. Franklins homosexuality has nothing to do with the fact that he’s a horrible person. Apparently you go to Hell if you’re gay, not because you’re a cheater, adulterer, abusive and awful. I’m neither a bible thumper nor gay rights advocate, but the book offends me as a human being. And, her story was also ridiculous because she loses her kids when she could’ve just used the video proving her husbands adultery as cause. Made NO sense.

Side Note: the teen daughter, Kelly, crying on Andrea’s shoulder that she, “didn’t want a gay father,” while Andrea agreed was just offensive.

Samantha - though her story was my favorite of the three, it was still pretty ridiculous. She’s living with herpes and yet never did any research on the virus. I did like her love story, but not enough to have trudged this book.

I DO NOT Recommend this book.

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