Genres: Family Life Fiction, Inspirational, Romance, Women's Fiction
Format: Hardcover, Kindle, Paperback
Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach
In this powerful debut, a successful businesswoman embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will shake her to the core.
Like the shiny new BMW parked in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two boys, Susan Sinclair exudes confidence and style. Newly promoted to a prestigious Senior Vice President position at her firm, Susan is the picture of personal and professional success.
Yet appearances are deceiving. With each advance in Susan’s career, Matt has grown more distant. But he refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had, forces herself to play along.
Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. She and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time, Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is.
In a moment of weakness, friendship becomes something more. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything–including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.
Captivating, engaging and passionate.
Degrees of Love is an astounding depiction of love, marriage, family and what life could be if different choices were made.
The main character, Susan is a determined, self-confident, successful woman who thinks that she has everything in life. She is a dedicated wife and mother to her two boys. As demanding as having a career and running a household is, her husband, a quiet, uncommunicative, perfectionist man under appreciates her. Over time he demeans her and emotionally abuses her.
Susan was happy, spirited and friendly when she first met and married her husband, Matt. But soon after they were married things went downhill. She was forced to give up the things she enjoyed. No more acting or living in New York. Instead, she settled in the boring and silent town of Simi Valley. Although she has everything going for her in her career and her love for motherhood, an emptiness has settled within her.
Then Susan meets her new boss Reese Kirkpatrick, and begins to have feelings for him. One thing leads to another and their connection grows deeper and deeper. Now Susan must decide if she wants to stay in her stable, yet unfulfilling, marriage and risk losing her children for a second chance at love and happiness.
Degrees of Love is a realistic look at the difficulties in marriage and life that many women experience. Although Susan is successful in her career, and takes loving care of her boys, she lacks fulfillment in her marriage.
Lisa Slabach skillfully writes a down-to-earth, heart-rending realistic story that many women with similar lives will relate to. For women that love the family life and their children, but feel something is missing and desire something more in their marriage – there are no simple solutions.
Slabach draws the reader in right from the very start of the book and keeps them held captive throughout. She has created a tangled web in the framework of the storyline. The characters are fully developed with interesting personalities and with original, polished dialog between them. The plot is distinctive and unpredictable. With an ending that will not disappoint.
Degrees of Love is an exceptional novel with remarkable, notable storytelling excellence.
ARTISAN BOOK REVIEWS fully recommends Degrees of Love to women and men alike. It is a familiar, real life story that many will enjoy and glean from.
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