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Tuesday, June 28, 2016



Did you happen to read Those Children Are Ours--if you didn't then here is my review. It was such a touching book that I knew I had to read the sequel. You can read this as a stand alone-but you really want to read both of them.

Jennie Bateman is bi-polar and this author hit it right on the head. I have a friend who first didn't take meds--then went off them. Trust me when I tell you--this medical condition is exactly as written-but in a very sensitive way. Jennie walked out on her children and husband 14 years ago and lets just say she was manic at the time and did things she is now not very proud of. She has managed to form a sort of relationship with her two daughters--and even with her ex's new wife. Then the unthinkable happens--and her ex is left with 4 children and 1 newborn. Jennie wants to help but is afraid because he hasn't spoken to her in a very long time--and the divorce was nasty.

They do begin to talk again and form a relationship-but one of his daughters is bound and determined to keep Jennie out of their lives. What she does will anger you and she almost succeeds--

That's it folks-don't want to give up the story entirely!! This author knows how to get to your heart strings--the emotions his words invoke are unreal--you end up living any of the books he has written!

Jennie Bateman has again fallen in love with Thomas, her former husband, but Tasha, one of his children, is determined to destroy their relationship.

Jennie had done that herself a number of years earlier. In the midst of a manic episode, she had deserted Thomas and their two daughters, choosing, instead, a life of shameless debauchery.

Perhaps she was shocked when Thomas filed for a divorce. Perhaps it was the influence of a preacher who took an interest in her. Perhaps she simply cycled back toward normal.

Whatever the cause, years later, when she again made contact with her family, she was a different person. Even so, they wanted nothing to do with her.

But time moves on. Circumstances change.

Jennie has been accepted by her children. Thomas’s second wife has died, leaving him a single parent with four adult daughters and a newborn. In Jennie’s eyes, he is the same good-looking, kind, loving person she had fallen for when they were in college.

While Jennie has fallen in love with Thomas, he has no interest in romance. He is still mourning the loss of his second wife, he is caring for their infant daughter, and he still nurses the hurt he felt when Jennie abandoned him so many years before. He does not want her around his children, and he is determined to shelter his infant daughter from her.

As time passes, though, he finds himself attracted to Jennie again, discovering she now resembles the girl with whom he once fell in love, rather the shrew who once walked out of his life.

Tasha knows of Jennie’s earlier life and she has discovered that she still takes medication to control her behavior.

“Are these your crazy pills?” Tasha mocks her as she snatches the bottle from Jennie’s hand. “If I flush them, will you be crazy in the morning? Only a weakling depends on medicine,” she asserts.

She insists that whether Jennie takes the medication or not, she will ultimately relapse, that another manic episode lies ahead, perhaps just around the bend. She taunts Jennie by printing documents from the internet to support her claim. She reminds Jennie that if she were to relapse after marrying Thomas, she would ruin his life – a second time.

Shamed by Tasha, Jennie ponders tossing her medication, hoping to prove to both of them that she can live without it. As she considers what to do, she fears that she will fail the test, be unable to cope, and her demons– anger, alcohol, and sex − will come rushing back to thwart her chance for a second marriage just as they destroyed her first.

Thomas would not try to cope with those demons again, would he? She couldn’t ask that of him, could she?

In Once and Future Wife we follow Jennie as she goes a second round with her demons, hoping to find a way to stop them from destroying the love and happiness that finally seem to be within her reach.


Once and Future Wife is a stand alone sequel to Those Children Are Ours. The first book does not have a cliff hanger of any kind at the end.  Once and Future Wife picks up with Jennie four years later and can be read apart from the other book.




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Jennie Bateman screamed at her daughters, cursed at her husband, packed a bag, and walked away. Twelve years later, she petitions the family court for visitation with her daughters, Alexis and Christa.

Her attorney tells Jennie that, ordinarily, she could not imagine that some type of visitation would not be granted. But, she warns, the situation is hardly ordinary.
True, Jennie suffered from a bipolar disorder when she began to drink heavily, abandoned her family, and moved in with another man. True, she has turned her life around: leaving her boyfriend, returning to school, entering therapy, taking medication, finding a job, and joining a church.

But she pressed no claim for her children when her husband divorced her, and she has made no attempt to contact them in any way since then. Her daughters, now sixteen and fourteen, live four hundred miles away. They have busy lives that do not include her, lives that will be totally disrupted by the visitation that she requests. Their father is engaged to be married to a woman who has taken the role of their mother for a decade. Alexis remembers nothing good about Jennie. Christa recalls nothing at all.

Conflict ensues as soon as Jennie’s petition is served: her former husband does not want to share his children with the woman who deserted him; her children have no interest in knowing the mother who abandoned them, and her father insists that she is being timid and ought to demand full custody, not simply visitation.

As court convenes, Jennie’s past is dredged up− the desertion, the men, her drinking, her mental health − and paraded before the judge. Her claim to be a different person, now, is attacked. The judge hesitates to grant Jennie’s request, but reluctantly agrees to order three trial visits.

If persuading the judge to let her see her children was difficult, convincing them to allow her to be a part of their lives seems to be almost impossible. What happens as she finally begins to connect with her daughters places them all in grave danger and threatens her life, itself.




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About the author

David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.


David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.


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29 comments :

Sharon Martin said...

It is so easy to feel so close to the characters in the stories he writes, I always enjoy his books too.

Rebecca Swenor said...

I have to admit because your review has me so intrigued I will have to read both these books. It sounds like a story I would love to read about. Thanks for sharing the review.

Kate & Mark - Vagrants Of The World Travel said...

Another great book to add to my ever-growing list of books to read. Thanks!

Literary Winner said...

I can't imagine how scary it is to live with bipolar disorder. With your glowing recommendation about how true to life this book is, I really want to read it!

Kristen Campbell said...

I'll have to go back and read Those Children Are Ours so I can get to this one!

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Wow, what an incredible story. I'm going to put this one on my to-read list!

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I'm happy you enjoyed the story! Thank you for the wonderful review.

David Burnett

Joanie said...

This book sounds really good! I can definitely relate to a lot of things going on in it. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the great review! :)

Rika Agustini said...

Pretty interesting story! I can't wait to read and thanks for hosting a giveaway

Neely said...

I just read another post about this same author. will be chcking out for sure!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Now these books sound intriguing. I will add them to my ever growing TBR list. Thanks for the reviews and the giveaway!

Saidah Washington said...

You do a fantastic job of keeping us up to date with great reading selections year round.

Deb PelletierC said...

Everyone needs a second chance. Yes.

Naomi said...

That sounds like a book I wouldn't be able to put down. Must add it to my reading list!

Myrah Duque said...

Thank you for the review. I also must admit, that second chances are necessary!

Liz Mays said...

I'm glad it's realistic in how it treats the disease. You got my interest all piqued since you didn't give the whole story away.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Very, very interesting book. I have a few friends who are bi-polar but do not show any manic episodes. It was a horrible experience for the lead female character to have to go through all that. I am definitely getting this book!

Ra'Nesha Wilson said...

Sounds like a good book btw awesome giveaway

CourtneyLynne said...

Oooo this book sounds like a total goodie!!!! Adding it to the summer reading list!

Ave T said...

What an emotional book! I really hope that Jennie will win the fight with her demons and finds the happiness and love she deserves.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I really like that this book deals with issues of mental illness. It's so important to bring awareness to this very important health issue.

mail4rosey said...

I am very curious to read it. It's my first to hear of it. It sounds like one of those books you're going to hold onto the characters for awhile, after reading.

Eliz Frank said...

This sounds like a real page turner with complex characters and much intrigue. He's got quite the impressive book tour coming up and it's well deserved.

Sara said...

Yes I think a second chance should be given.

anne marie Carter said...

Yes, I think that she deserves a second chance. She has made some important changes with her life and she is trying to make connections in positive ways.

Judy Thomas said...

I think everyone deserves a second chance but after that, if they do it again, kick them to the kerb.

Jan Lee said...

Yes I believe in a second chance :)

Jerry Marquardt said...

I think that Thomas should give Jennie a second chance in the name of love. I think it would make a great story-line.

Ally Swanson said...

I do believe in second chances so I say yes!

 
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