Monday, April 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Separation Anxiety by Lisa Suzanne


Title: Separation Anxiety
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Release Date: February 3, 2014
We all get one true love in our lives, and it’s up to us to find it. Fate will act and try to push us together, but ultimately it’s up to us to recognize who that one person is when he’s standing in front of us.

It turns out that I recognized who my one person was when I was separated from my husband.

On the same day I determined that I was finally going to file for divorce, I confessed my secret to Jesse Drake, my swoon-worthy colleague known for his womanizing ways. Jesse invited me to crash with him, and with each new piece of the enigmatic Jesse puzzle that I started to fit into place, I found myself wondering if Fate had pushed us together for a reason.

If only my husband would stop getting in the way of the man with whom I was meant to be.
It is no secret to anyone who follows my blog that I am a huge fan of Lisa Suzanne.  She reaches out to me with her character development and her writing style and pulls me into the midst of each and every one of her stories.
This is never more true than in 'Separation Anxiety'.  I don't think that I have EVER read a book that I related to on a personal level more than this one.  Julianne finds herself stuck in a loveless marriage and wants to escape.  She is afraid, with her by-the-book old school parents, of becoming the black sheep of the family if she decides to follow her heart and dissolve her marriage.  Enter Jesse, a fellow teacher who has always caught Julianne's eye.  Does she have the courage to end her marriage and move on to a new relationship?
I am living this exact story first-hand.  I am personally in the process of ending a marriage and trying to find the courage to move on with my life.  It was uncanny as to how I related to Julianne's thoughts and feelings.  Lisa Suzanne was able to tap into the desperation and longing of an unhappy woman trying to find the courage and conviction to stand up for herself and having the courage to change her life, even though most people around her didn't necessarily agree with her decisions.  I feel that so many couples enter the sanctity of marriage never expecting it to end.  But people unfortunately change over time and one day you look at your spouse, who you don't seem to know anymore, and you ask yourself 'What happened to us?'
This particular quote really struck a chord in me.  "I thought of his promise to love and cherish me.  It had never been about love for us.  It had been about a big wedding and materialistic things.  He never cherished me.  He took me for granted, and so when I suggested a trial separation while we still lived together, it really hadn't affected the way he lived his life.  I still did his laundry.  I still washed the dishes.  He still had a clean house to come home to, and with the added bonus of living in the same house with a wife who didn't nag him because I didn't even talk to him."
Wow....just WOW (as my jaw hangs open).  Lisa Suzanne just described my life in a total of one paragraph.  Reading this story was enlightening and promising to me that life does in fact go on after a divorce.  Julianne found her happily ever after and maybe someday I will too!!  Oh, and what an awesome homage to Maroon 5 Lisa!!  I love it!! - Kelly

About The Author
Lisa Suzanne is a high school English teacher who lives at home in Arizona with her amazing husband and adorable yellow lab. She loves summer more than her students do. She has loved to write for as long as she can remember.

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