Title: The Blasphemy Box
Author: Mandy Behbehani
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Breedon Avenue Books (April 23, 2013)
“You know that nightmare you’ve always had? The one where you wake up one day to find yourself fat, frumpy, fifty and alone? I’m living it.” Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he’s leaving her for a woman half her age. And half her size. Ouch!
Feeling totally unmoored and grieving for her married life and husband, Maddy finds herself thrust into the unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of middle-aged singledom. There, she must come to terms with her situation and embark on her new life: divorce proceedings, single parenting, internet dating, and trying to earn a living. It’s enough to drive her over the brink. To help her cope, she shares her struggles in a smart, wry blog named The Blasphemy Box, after her ex-husband’s obnoxious habit of having her drop a quarter into a wooden box every time she said something off color. Chronicling her often funny, but always heartfelt experiences as she navigates the world as a single divorced Mom, Maddy’s madcap middle-aged adventures find her devoted readers who identify with her challenges. Her life ultimately blossoms with a dream writing career and supportive man, her story one that will resonate with many women of a certain age.
The Blasphemy Box captured me straight away, I guess it is because as a married woman you will always worry your husband will leave you for a younger model, and in this book it does happen. I liked that Maddy is from England originally as I too am from England and I can definitely agree with curse words are our second language. In fact I could relate to a lot of Maddy, I too am a writer, I have been a single parent, I have tried internet dating and I write a blog. I have not gone through a divorce though.
The book was very insightful, funny, witty, and sarcastic with lots of emotion including sadness when Maddy’s husband leaves her.
It was a fantastic read, I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading more from Mandy Behbehani.
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Disclaimer: I am a book tour host and I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is my own personal opinions and not influenced in any way.