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The Lady of the House    by Katherine Elberfeld order for
Lady of the House
by Katherine Elberfeld
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Daniel & Daniel, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In this novella, Annie, fifty-two, has lost her husband. She tries to come to terms with her loss by reliving scenes from her past, as far back as her childhood - revealing what made her into what she is today; and why she reacted as she did to past situations.

Annie wonders why the happenings from the past didn't impact her then as they do now. And she finds it hard to resume a life when half of her is no longer by her side. I can empathize with Annie. This happened to me at the same age and the rug was pulled out from under me.

She has to learn how to function on a different level. But can she do this? What strengths can she pull from her past to bolster her future? Has she enough fortitude to continue living? And if so, why does she?

The Lady of the House is a very thought-provoking missive. I found it intriguing but a little too self-serving. Been there, done that..

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