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Halfway There: Paranormal Women's Fiction (Midlife Mulligan) Paperback – February 10, 2020
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- Publisher : Eve Langlais (February 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1773841378
- ISBN-13 : 978-1773841373
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.92 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s one thing to watch a character’s understanding unfold. It’s another to watch one who continuously shoves her head in the sand and after all of her timid, wimpy words and actions, pushes back like some moronic, artificially inflated superhero against anyone who would dare disagree with her determined ignorance in the face of what’s unfolding. Not only unrealistic after the multitudes of descriptions of how bad her marriage was. But also annoying in a way that fails to bring the reader into the story.
Needed much better editing, a more succinct storyline and main character you can actually get on board with. Perhaps trying the conversations out loud with another person would help the dragging dialog.
The potential to do better… There are bits and pieces that show the author has the potential to be a good writer. A very few parts of her storytelling are very evocative and allow you to get into the world the characters are inhabiting.
And then we get eye-rollingly dragged back into the low carb self-pitying but trying to act empowered food journal again, only to read a way too detailed process about the main characters fears that her mashed cauliflower won’t taste like potatoes and the drama of adding full sugar ketchup to her eggs and the problem with a low carb pizza and that her friend is likely going to bring a high sugar dessert that she’s going to have to not eat because she’s low-carb and trying to lose weight. And did I mention she’s low carb??
The ending is awful. Just. So. Awful.
It annoys me that I paid for this book.
Langlais brings us Naomi Rousseaux a devoted wife, mother, and everything in between. Brutally dumped by her, and I use the term loosely, “husband” of twenty plus years, Naomi finds herself basically obsolete in the real world. A fact I could completely relate too as there have been times where I realized that the world has passed me by. How many of us have let ourselves go on the account of putting our families first and foremost?! *points to self* Guilty as charged! I totally related to Naomie’s self loathing and body shaming. I’m not proud of it but it’s true nonetheless. This story took a while for me to get in to only because I was hoping that Naomi would see her self worth sooner and stop being such a Debbie Downer about everything. But I understood her hesitation venturing forward because as she so adequately put it, “damn you, Murphy, evil god best known for kicking people in the face.” In other words, when it rains, it pours. While the mystery seems to be tied up in a nice little bow, for now anyway, I’m more curious about the mystery surrounding the Rousseaux family name and this curse everyone keeps mentioning. Also if you ask me, if anyone needs to be cursed it’s her ex Martin.
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I love the concept of the PWF genre. Paranormal Women's Fiction where the protagonists are over 40yrs old. I'm a menopausal woman within spitting distance of 50 myself and loved how true-to-life Naomi was.
I could connect with our protagonist, Naomi, and felt her situation to my core. Although she hasn't started off as a traditional badass heroine, I have a feeling she'll become one as this series progresses. I must admit to getting very frustrated with her at times throughout this book. However, I have learned that these traits are very common in women who've been in long term situations like Naomi's.
I think Halfway There is a well balanced story. It's primarily women's fiction about second-chance sort of coming-of-age. With some humour, mystery, thriller and relationship threads woven through.
There's no perilous life-or-death cliffhanger (woo!hoo!) but a lovely epilogue and tantalising hook at the end instead. I'm looking forward to reading book 2.