[Reading] ➭ My Husband the Stranger ➵ Rebecca Done – 1sm.info

My Husband the Stranger I enjoyed how this book showed you Alex s POV before the accident and how he and Molly met Alex was changed after his accident he looked the same but he suffered a brain injury so he wasn t the same We get to see how Molly copes with knowing that the man she fell in love with is gone and in his place is someone different and she still loves him There were ups and downs lots of different options but love won through in the end It ended as happily as it could as there is not a miraculous cure and it would have been totally unrealistic for Alex to wake up and be his old self ag Book reviews and at www.snazzybooks.com Well, I sped through this book with many tears My Husband The Stranger is a contemporary novel that isn t a romance as such, it isn t a completely feel good read but it also has elements of happiness and positivism, too It s a mixture of many emotions and feelings, and I really enjoyed it The writing is great, with the author managing to completely suck me in The novel is set in two main time periods one, in the present day, told from Rebecca s point of view and detailing life after Alex s accident which has left him literally a changed man, and one told from Alex s point of view chronicling the time leading up to the accident Both are equally interesting to read about, and are great at giving the reader a bit of insight into what both Molly and Alex s lives were like before the accident as well as after it.Alex himself was a tricky character sometimes I hated him for how he treats Molly, but then I had to remember that he d suffered horrendous injuries and just wasn t the same man Molly fell in love with, through no fault of his own Molly was A Tragic Accident A Terrible Injury And In A Moment, The Man You Fell In Love With Is Transformed Into A Total Stranger How Would You Cope What Would You Do Would You Be Strong Enough To Stay But What If You Found Out That It Wasn T An Accident At All Not an easy read, nor an upbeat read This one wrung out the emotions It s a novel that tackles the complexities of loving a totally changed person after a brain injury, something that can impact moods, behaviour, personality and patience.Alex and Molly start off being that couple you want to be part of Disaster strikes and their lives are changed forever when Alex suffers an acquired brain injury in an awful moment Imagine the man you loved is locked up inside and everything he does and says is different to before Like you got a new husband.Alex s twin brother Graeme stays as close as possible to Molly and Alex, his offers of help received with mixed feelings The clever plot takes us across two timelines the days leading up to the accident and now The author starts to weave in some questions and before long you know everything may not be as it seems.Molly s emotional journey is quite heart breaking and powerful It s not easy for her now She cares for Alex like a carer, his needs never far from her mind but what about her Once the twists and turns start to rear their head the book engaged me much It s a bit of a slow burner this one I wasn t bored but do with some twists had popped up a bit earlier The characters are complex and you will form your own feelings toward them quickly Be prepared for some After several years together, Molly s husband, Alex, has a terrible fall resulting in severe brain injury that leaves him psychologically changed from the man she married, effectively a stranger The book contrasts their life beforehand with the daily struggle to maintain their relationship after Alex s injury.I felt the author couldn t quite make up her mind whether the novel was intended to be an insightful account of the impact of serious brain injury on a relationship, an against the odds romance or a psychological thriller In the end, for me, it didn t really satisfy completely in any of these respects The strongest element was definitely the description of the day to day toll on a relationship of caring for a partner who has been changed physically and psychologically by brain injury The author did a good job of conveying Molly s conflicted feelings sympathy and love for her husband but also rage, regret and frustration at the position she finds herself in and the mental and physical burden of caring for a person with limited hope of full recovery There are some touching moments that seem grounded in the reality of living with someone whose symptoms can change from day to day, hour to hour Just when I think I have totally lost him, for a few precious moments I always find him again I found the sections detailing Alex and Molly s relationship before hi I enjoyed Done s first book This Secret We re Keeping about a forbidden love affair between a schoolgirl and her maths teacher this one explores the emotional aftermath of an accident that leaves husband Alex brain damaged and a stranger to his young wife, Molly The story is told in a fragmented narrative Molly today, Alex in the past an increasingly clich d structure in contemporary fiction but does give us insight into the strong relationship they had before this devastating accident which seems to have deeply affecte 3.5 StarsIt was the fascinating concept that drew me to My Husband the Stranger, and it was due to my interest in the idea of the book, that kept me reading to the end However having finished the book, I just can t help but feeling flat I m not sure exactly what I was expecting from the story, but I feel as though it could have been There were certain storyline elements that I could see coming a mile off, and although I was interested in the story, and it definitely was written in an engaging way, and I enjoyed the writing style, there was just something missing for me Graeme saw Molly first Later that same evening Alex, his twin brother, leaves the bar with Molly, and its the start of their relationship Fastforward to now, and three years after a dreadful accident, Molly is still hoping that Alex will turn back into the man she fell in love with For three years ago there was a dreadful accident that caused Alex brain damage, and it has drastically changed his personality He is now like a child in an adults body, with some of a childish mindset, but at other times incredibly angry, and other times can just about show the old Alex is still deep inside him And it is for that reason that Molly is determined to stand by her man, no matter what cost to herself and her own dreams potentially We get the story from two This book is a leaf out of the life of Alex and his wife Molly, and how their life is altered for good after an accident The book swings between the past and the present and throws light on how Alex is , and how he used to be Molly is stuck in a job she hates as the bills pile up and her husband isn t capable of holding down a job Alex s twin brother Graeme is the bad boy amongst the two and is the last person Alex spends his time with before the accident He steps in to help Molly periodically as her husband no longer is the man she was in love with When he starts flirting with his ex, she is torn between staying and leaving The book touches upon the agony of how their life changes and how one s choice impacts their lives The book is also laced with very predictable secrets and it tries very hard to garner your sympathy but it i Another audio read where I have to say, I do usually become quite distracted Although, I do love to listen when I am on my work commute This was a little bit sinister, a little twisty A slow burn, but nothing overly exciting Molly and Alex are madly in love, but Alex s twin seems to hover around, whether in physical proximity, or not Alex suffers a brain injury after an accident, and we see the tragic difference of the before and after This difference is quite severe, and Molly is a saint in her loving care She is working very hard to pay the bills and care for her husband, which is increasingly difficult her boss is terribly u My Husband the Stranger written by Rebecca Done is an emotional and at times a heartbreaking read Although not my normal genre this family drama encased in a love story grips you from the first page and doesn t let go There is a twist to the tale at the end but don t be fooled into thinking this is a psychological thriller as it isn t It s a slow burning love story that is hit by tragedy and how the affected characters deal with the sudden changes.I m not sure I d have had the patience Molly showed and I truly admired her dedication to looking after her husband even when times got so bad Told through Alex s past and Molly s present day voices I very much enjoyed hearing their true emotions and I particularly liked hearing Alex s story from before the accident.I imagine the basis to this novel could easily read as someone s real life story and sadly probably does, considering the many brain and memory conditions diagnosed today The author has covered the subject delicately

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