After discovering her husband of 26 years is having an affair, the narrator of the story falls into what she describes as a deep, dark well of fear and despair. The thought of possible losing everything in her life, including her sanity, encourages her to seek the help and support of a psychologist.
With the psychologists gentle and compassionate guidance, the narrator (who remains unnamed) travels through a range of frightening emotions encompassing rage, revenge, anger, frustration, overwhelm, pessimism and boredom.
Eventually she finds a glimpse of hope when she learns that she has the ability to alter her thoughts and feelings through practice, and understanding that her beliefs are just thoughts she keeps thinking. It enables her to begin making positive and courageous decisions for herself and for her future and she discovers a wonderful would be beyond her middle-class comfort and role as a wife and mother.
Paperback Edition: 186 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Balboa Press (first published September 4th 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Inspiring, Self-Help
What’s It About?
The Dandelion is a fictional goodbye letter to the narrator’s husband of 26 years, after she catches him having an affair. Using the help of a persevering psychologist, the narrator pulls herself out of a dark well of depression, and eventually is able to stand on her own again.
This story focuses on the powers of thoughts and the concept of law and attraction. It is an inspiring tale of one woman’s personal growth through therapy, her grief, and then later, relief.
Have your tissues at hand and get ready to sink into an absorbing book!
This book definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I was literally weeping at the opening! I had to put the book down, dry my eyes… and repeat. The emotions on the pages were so powerful that I was able to experience them myself. Thank goodness the whole book wasn’t like the introduction, and the narrator decided to get therapy for herself to help her work through her options and ultimately the decision she made.
I mentioned in the genre listings that I classified this book as a self-help. I say that because the author is a psychologist and uses her own learned practices with the psychologist character she created. I think that this book could inspire a woman who is climbing up their own “emotional ladder”, burst their rage balloon and hopefully go on a “rampage of appreciation”.
I loved the world of opportunities that opened up to the narrator once she decided to let go. I loved when she said she was actually happy her husband had the affair, because of how it changed it her, and her life for the better. I needed a happy ending and I’m glad the narrator got hers.
I do wonder what became of her husband though. It would be so fun if the author created a sequel from the husband’s perspective, written in the same manner as a reply note. 🙂
As I was reading this book, I really wasn’t sure if it was a fiction or not. The plot and the characters are that believable! I would recommend this novel to fans of inspiring women’s fiction novels. 🙂
***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of The Dandelion from the author in exchange for a fair, thoughtful and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.
About The Author
I am a mother, grandmother, psychologist, aqua aerobics instructor and lifeguard. I was born in England and migrated with my family in 1956 to Australia. I have worked many jobs and have been lucky enough to be have been inspired to write my novel The Dandelion at the age of 62.
The Dandelion is based on the philosophy Abraham-Hicks and is dedicated to Jerry and Esther Hicks. It chronicles the therapeutic journey of a woman in anguish, to freedom, joy and power. —Amazon Author Bio