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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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This was an uncomfortable read for me. I do not like many of the ideas in this book. My parents divorced when I was young with the same philosophy "if the parents are happy then the kids will be too". Nothing can make up for the extended absence of a parent. I am not saying people should stay in relationships with abuse or neglect.. Children's needs emotional and physical should be addressed before those of adults. I knew how their story ended before the book and so it felt a little like watching an traffic accident and not being able to stop it. I did enjoy the characters although I disagreed with some of their decisions. I cried myself through the last 3 chapters.

I have recommended this book so many times because I did like it. I was recently told by my friend that I had only given it three stars, and I couldn't believe it. Although there was some content I was uncomfortable with I got completely drawn into their story and so I didn't rate it properly at first. I give it five stars now because it has stayed with me. I love talking to others who have read it. I read it again for book club and liked it even more. Such a well written story.
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Lisa Nelson I was really disturbed by this book as well. I felt like crawling in a little ball and crying for those kids. I was disturbed at the choices that Mamah made as a mother, and was even more shocked at all the justification. I did not know what was coming at the end of the book. I had to go look it all up on Wikipedia because it all seemed so unbelievable. We did this for book club and it made for an interesting discussion.


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