Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ginger Reviews DeadBeat Dads by Roseanne Dowell
Roseanne Dowell always manages to add twists and turns in her stories that surprise me. I've come to love her paraphrasing and redundant use of words, because that's how we as humans think. We don't take time to consider we've just said a word and struggle to find another with the same meaning. Our shared publisher let's us write our stories as we want them, and the editors respect that. Ms. Dowell's books are truly "life-like" and Deadbeat Dads is no different.
In this story, the heroine, like so many other women, finds herself alone, raising children with a husband who grew bored with their life together. Bitterness is a big part of the equation, and she fairly adds in a man who suffers through being deserted by his wife. Through an organization called WEDD (Wives Enraged with Deadbeat Dads), she finds and provides solace in knowing there are others in the same boat.
If you want to know the surprise elements of the book, you'll have to read it for yourself, but suffice to say, you'll definitely not see them coming. Oh, the romance is a given, but the road taken to get there isn't quite the norm.
This is a quick read, but a satisfying one that makes you stop and think...either you're better off without the jerk or you've married someone great who won't ever become one.
As a wife who married a man with children from a previous marriage, I don't know how a new wife could respect a person who didn't show responsibility for his offspring. We paid child support until the children reached age eighteen, but regardless of their ages now, they still both know their dad is here for them and always will be. Just for the record, I could have started a group called SSAAES, but I just bit my tongue until it bled. Surprised I still have one.
Good job, Roseanne. Yet another entertaining story.