Thank you to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read The Marriage Sabbatical by Gemma Johns.
Sophie, Charli, and Alice are the Wilson sisters.
Sophie is married to her high school boyfriend. They have been together for 30 years. She is a busy lady as a mum to four children, and a career as a doctor. She has very little time to herself. She had always thought that once the kids became teenagers she could reclaim her time, but she has more demands, not less.
Charli has a management role and is happily married to Monique. They have been married for 23 years and have two girls who are close to leaving home. Monique has just been promoted.
Alice, a journalist is married to Jason. They have been married for 5 years. Alice hasn’t yet decided if she would like to have children. Jason is devoted to her, however, she is questioning if he is the one for her “forever”.
Monique is handed 12 months away from her normal work…a sabbatical…to do research.
Charli’s world is turned upside down when it turns out that Monique plans to do her research in Europe and on her own. She wants to take time to “really focus on me and find out what would my potential have been if I wasn’t married and had kids”. In fact, Monique suggests to Charli that she also take a “sabbatical” herself! To take her own discovery time.
A year out of their marriage? How would they ever come back from that?
Charli shares her “ Marriage Sabbatical” news and announces that she herself now plans to spend time in Queensland.
Alice makes a decision to join her. And when Alice’s boss hears about this unusual “Marriage Sabbatical”, he signs her for a book deal. She is to write a book on her experiences!
With the two sisters making plans and then leaving, Sophie is quite envious. Shortly after Phil suggests that she join her sisters. “To get back to the old you”.
Throughout their journeys, we really get to know the sisters and their families. They are lovely and relatable characters.
What escapades do the ladies get up to while they are away? What did they discover about themselves? Will any of their marriages survive?
I thoroughly recommend this book. Firstly, for the engaging story of the three women on their journey of self-discovery.
Secondly, this book is actually two books. Another book within the book. Cleverly, Alice’s research for her book is entwined in the story. Twelve excellent and valid tips on relationships and life. So you’re actually reading a self-help book without realising it.
Thirdly, this book has been written by a Beauty and Lace Club member, who has had the courage to be herself and follow her dream of becoming a writer. I know we will be reading many more of her books in the future.
Congratulations Gemma Johns on your success.
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I love to read, any book on any topic. I now love ebooks as they are easier to store, I was running out of bookshelves! My other interests are family, gardening and our beautiful King Charles spaniel dog who is my reading companion.