This is Me,
by Shari Low
About the Book:
This is… Denise.
Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolized on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first, she must face the betrayals of the past.
This is… Claire.
The estranged daughter of Denise, the woman who put her husband before her children, Claire took the opposite path and devoted her life to raising her family, sacrificing her marriage along the way. With her teenage sons about to flee the nest, she realizes she may have left it too late to find her own happily ever after.
This is the story of two women, both alone, both cautionary tales of one of motherhood’s biggest decisions.
Who is more important, your partner or your children? And what happens if you make the wrong choice?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the latest by Shari Low, This is Me! I am such an enormous fan of this author, her complex characters, and her amazing sense of humor! This is Me was not as light-hearted as some of Low’s novels and at times this one had me twisted in knots.
Denise put her husband first, he has died, and now she is alone. Claire put her children first, they have grown up and gone away, and she is divorced. Nevermind, that the natural order of things is to grow up, leave your parents, and we all eventually die… But the overall premise is did either woman make the right choice regarding their spouses and children? Do you put your spouse first? Do the kids come before your spouse?
I would hope the majority would feel that neither way is right, but it is about balance, however, I have seen very distinct and extreme examples of both.
As always, I loved Shari’s writing style, dialogue, and quirky, yet down-to-earth characters while reading This is Me. This novel has heavy themes surrounding family, love, choices, and regrets. I can’t say that this was my favorite of Shari’s novels because it hit a little too close to home for my liking, but it’s a wonderful novel nonetheless!
P.S. This would even be an interesting book club choice….
*Thanks to NetGalley and Aria for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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About the author
Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In December, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You and her latest release, Another Day In Winter. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift. For all the latest news, visit her on Facebook, twitter, or at http://www.sharilow.com