Author: Rebecca Freeborn
Publication Date: 15 July 2019
Publisher: Pantera Press
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
This month, I had the opportunity to read ‘Misconception’ by Rebecca Freeborn. This is a deep story about a couple in turmoil, but it’s an easy, light and entertaining read, while tackling very serious and sad matters.
Ali and Tom are the perfect couple, happily in love, independent, and successful in their careers. They have the world at their feet, and they’re excited about the upcoming birth of their first child.
Suddenly their world is shattered when they lose their baby. Neither Ali nor Tom know how to move forward. Do they return to work? Do they stay home? Do they go to Friday night after work drinks, or do they stay home to grieve? And perhaps most importantly – can they turn toward one another or do they pull away?
The picture-perfect marriage that Ali and Tom once had seems threatened as Ali and Tom try to move on from grief it is impossible to move on from.
I won’t say too much more about the book for fear of giving away spoilers, but I will say that I was a little anxious about how sad this book would be. Misconception did have me tear up a couple of times, but it was far from a depressing read. The topic of the book is serious, though the writing style is light, and I felt I got to know the characters well. The book flips between Ali and Tom’s perspectives, which I appreciated – often in a story like this, you do not get the male’s perspective, so hearing Tom’s ‘side’ of things was a great addition to the richness of the story. The story doesn’t just focus on the tragic loss of the baby, it also focuses on other story lines – career issues, friendship, relationships between mothers and daughters, and a few other themes I won’t go into here. It’s a ‘snapshot of time’ in Ali and Tom’s lives at the most difficult point of their lives, as they numbingly try to move forward.
Thank you to Pantera Press and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this thought provoking and entertaining book in return for an honest review.
This guest review was submitted by Raechel, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Raechel.
Misconception is published by Pantera Press and is available now where all good books are sold.
Raechel is a Professor, mother of 5 and avid reader. She always has at least four books on the go at any one time – an audio book, a fiction e-book, a non-fiction e-book, and an ‘actual’ book. She is often criticized for this behaviour!