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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (384 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Hibiscus

Lizzie Buckley is having doubts about her picture-perfect world. She does love her country estate, precocious three-year-old twins, and handsome husband, James. But nobody warned her about postpartum depression and the toll it would take on her marriage. Or how she'd fantasize about chucking it all for a box of chocolates and an uninterrupted bath.

Lizzie vents these frustrations in an e-mail and her life is shattered: James gets the message by mistake. Lizzie soon finds herself uprooting her children to start over in a ramshackle garden cottage. Now facing life - and the twins - alone, Lizzie struggles to reinvent herself and forget about her soon-to-be ex. But when thoughts of James still haunt her, she begins to wonder if the best part of marriage starts after the fairy tale ends . . .

Your Roots Are Showing is a must read story for all young mothers and any woman who is married or contemplating getting married. It opens the door to a taboo subject and outlines steps for achieving the help one needs when dealing with this sensitive issue.

Lizzie Indigo Buckley is a young mother who is dealing with a very real problem that she doesn’t even realize she has. Following the birth of her twins, she fell into what I would call post partum depression. Overwhelmed by not only the day to day occurrences that happen in her life, Lizzie loses her sense of self-worth. I could feel her frustrations as her mother-in-law would continually put down everything about Lizzie, from her looks to the way she cared for her family. Lizzie let herself go but she did not know the reasons her subconscious was doing what it was. When she sends an email detailing her frustrations about her husband and her life to her husband James instead of her sister, a marriage on self-destruct was revealed and Lizzie is set adrift in a world she is not ready for.

I loved all the characters in this story. Each one helps Lizzie on her journey to self love and healing the rift within herself. I enjoyed how her best friend helped her jog, her gardener helped her grow into a woman deserving of love, and her neighbor was there to listen or lend a helping hand or daughter. They all contributed to Lizzie’s transformation.

James Buckley is a distant character in the story. I learned more about him from Lizzie’s flashbacks than his presence in the here and now of the story. I did love how he opens up to Lizzie at the end of the story and allows her to make the choice that will affect her future.

Ms. Chidley seems to be a very caring writer who deals with this sensitive issue in a realistic story that adds just the right amount of humor to make me smile at times as I read this fantastic book. I cannot believe that this is Ms. Chidley’s first book. I definitely recommend Your Roots Are Showing as must read for everyone and cannot wait to see what subject she tackles next.