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Published by Self Published on July 9th 2015
Genres: Abuse, Romance
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Edie had spent her whole life planning her future, imagining her husband, her kids, and even which minivan she’d drive. Lucky for her, she didn’t have to wait long, marrying her high school sweetheart right after graduation.
All of Edie’s dreams had come true, until they were no longer her dreams. Unable to deal with the lingering depression caused by having children, she left her whole life behind, walking away from the one thing she'd always wanted.
Donovan Leery loved his wife with everything he had and could never imagine life without her. Until he came home from work one day and found a letter from Edie, explaining she needed a break. Not only leaving him to live his life without her, but alone to raise their three small children.
But what happens when Edie is ready to come home? When she’s ready to fight for it all back? She knew it wouldn’t be easy. But she didn’t care. After spending years getting her life back together, she was ready to fight for her family. And a fight is what Donovan would give her.
She'd fight to make up for her Biggest Mistake.
— 3,5 stars —
“My biggest Mistake” was the story of a woman like you and me – a housewife and mother. Stressed out on top of raging hormones after giving birth to twins and a husband, who is obviously more married to his work. Which Mom doesn’t know the feeling, that in this situation you start fantasizing about just packing your bags and going somewhere no one knows you or judges you. But ultimately, it stops at fantasizing, normally. This is the story of Cathy, a woman, who actually left her husband alone with three small kids.
Honestly, I loved the premise of the book with the model of an every-day-woman, who you can identify with and can relate to her thoughts and actions. Sure, some things were made up for the angst-factor to heighten even further, some things were totally relatable. But overall, I was shocked by some things that went down in the course of the story. Most of all, by how poorly the female MC treated her “best friend”, who gave up her life to help keeping Cathy’s family at bay, even though she could have so easily said “None of my business”. I won’t go into detail about what went down, but I was actually considering DNF’ing the book at 85%!!! It was that WRONG. Whereas overall, it was a very tender and heartfelt story, for me the problems were not really solved at the end. It would have helped to have some short epilogue or another short chapter with a bit insight into their future together. I wasn’t believing in their HEA and IMO history is probably repeating itself in their case; Donnie (the male MC) probably will never let his wife live down what she did to him and their children. There are stories, where you’re almost glad the author leaves much to the reader’s imagination – but in this case, this was not optimal. The writing was amazing and the emotions were there, albeit not totally for me, since I felt a big chunk of apathy for the female MC Cathy. The biggest emotion there was, was angst. I held my breath in hopes, that they could work everything out and that love survives even the biggest betrayal. I’d say, for me personally, the mission was halfway accomplished. And I want to make my opinion clear on another point: I wouldn’t call “My biggest Mistake” a romance novel. Yes, it has parts romance strewn into it, but it’s ultimately a tale about love, forgiveness, family, priorities and growing. So, more women’s fiction overall, I’d say.
All in all, I rate “My biggest Mistake” with 3,5 stars and don’t really know, if I can recommend it. It hurt to read about the MC’s struggles, it was heartwarming to see love win after all but I can’t really say, it’s worth reading this book. Full length standalone novel with HEA, due to explicit sexual content 18+.