Rosie Tipcott is married with two young daughters, Naomi and Leona. She works part time as a hotel housekeeper but her main role in life is taking care of her family. She’s pretty content with her life until one day her husband, Phil, suddenly announces he’s leaving as he’s met someone else. The “other woman” is wealthy, beautiful and can still wear skinny jeans. In that moment, Rosie’s comfortable world is turned inside out along with her identity. Who is she if she’s not her husband’s wife?
Such an authentic story! I really liked Rosie, even though she’s quite different from the enlightened woman with whom I normally identify. She loved taking care of her girls and making a home for her husband, even though it often meant putting her needs and dreams on the back burner and there’s something a little bit noble about that. Her reaction to the breakup of her marriage was heartbreaking and realistic even when I thought she should develop a spine. But, the grieving process isn’t something you can dictate and Rosie went through the stages appropriate for her.
The narrator (the author) did a wonderful job in capturing the personalities of most of the characters but particularly Rosie and her daughters. She created vivid images in my head for these three. Loved her performance.
I really enjoyed this story and seeing this endearing woman work through a devasting event and come out on the other side more whole than when she began. Her daughters were hilarious and brought much needed levity. It was also interesting to see how other important people in her life handled her breakup, just like real life…those who remained her friend, those on the periphery who stepped up and those who abandoned her when she lost her identity as a wife. It’s a poignant story that realistically illustrated the emotional folly of making your dreams secondary to others. I liked the ending, even if it was a little too happily ever after. However, Rosie earned it.
- Release Date: May 23, 2017
- Narrator: Amanda Prowse
- Audio Length: 9 hours
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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(Thank you to Recorded Books for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)