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The Blasphemy Box

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Wry, witty contemporary women’s fiction with romantic elements, Bridget Jones meets Nora Ephron.

Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable, affluent lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he’s leaving her for a woman half her age.
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Published 2013 by Breedon Avenue Books
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Lisa Markson
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. What would you do if the person you vowed to love, honor, and cherish till death do you part suddenly tells you that your marriage is dead? Sure you look different than when you first met but you also gave birth to HIS children. Then to find out he is boinking a 20 something bimbo homewrecker. I loved how this book shows the journey from total devistation to the ability to find self worth and happiness. This kind of sit ...more
Kathleen
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every married women's nightmare turns into one woman's journey of self-discovery ...

After twenty years of marriage and thee children, fifty year old Maddy Nelson's husband Steven leaves her for a twenty-five year old woman. Devastated and humiliated, Maddy didn't see this coming, she had always thought that their marriage wasn't perfect but comfortable. When best friend Suzy suggests that Maddy start a blog to share her experience with others as an outlet, The Blasphemy Box was born and it spark
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read every free chance I had. It was a pretty quick read that grabbed me from the beginning.

Madeleine is going through an unwanted divorce and rediscovering herself at the same. She finds herself trying to get back into the workforce while raising three kids and starting a blog. Although she was reluctant at first, she finds some comfort in her blog and from the comments that it generates. I’m sure most of us bloggers can relate to that part right
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diana
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Blasphemy Box is a novel very far from the usual genre of books I read. I honestly wasn’t sold at first that I would like it, much less finish it, but I gave it a shot and I ended up truly liking it.

The Blasphemy Box is Maddy’s story. After twenty years of being married, she is now faced with divorce papers, lawyers, ex-husband with a new younger version of her, and a whole lot of other problems that come with a split-up marriage and well, agin
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Renee
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to post this review!! Blogging to get over a divorce; what a concept!

Bridget Jones meets Nora Ephron. That make me a little sad I never read Bridgett Jones or anything written or visual of Nora's. Maybe I should. I know exactly who would LOVE this book like I did, any woman who was in a long term relationship or married. I go the biggest kick out of it. So meeting Maddy Nelson has had an effect on me. She is what I would call "a regular girl". Her husband is a moron and she feels lo
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Oana D. H.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Blasphemy Box" is a book about a woman who had to go through a hard divorce to finally realize who she was,what she really wanted and what she deserved.

This maybe wasn't exactly the perfect book,or the kind of book i usually read,but i admit that it was something new and good.
It was a little strange because almost all the characters where divorced- too much,and not in a good way.
Honestly,i liked Maddy.She was a smart,beautiful woman and a good mother.A good writer- i really thought that
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Rae Ryans
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Page upon page fills, with a combination of emotions and endeavors, as we follow Maddy on her journey. This story, for me, really hit home even though I'm far younger than Maddy at my mere 31 years. It brought up a lot of the emotions, feelings I didn't know I still held for the period of my life when I too was separated. On that level alone, I felt a kinship.

The story takes you to places you may not want to face, and express feelings of healing sadness. At the root of the journey, that is the r
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Andrea Kruse
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
I am neither the same age as Maddy, nor have I ever gone through a divorce, but have watched some play out over time. The Blasphemy Box pulled me in from the beginning though, and I felt like I was experiencing all the gut wrenching realizations as well as the triumphs right along with the main character. I didn't realize when I started reading that I would love this book as much as I did. As a SAHM, getting older and soon to have 3 kids of my own, I share many of her fears and insecurities. We ...more
karmaforlifechick
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Blasphemy Box by Mandy Behbehani in exchange for an honest review.
Maddy has what she thinks is a great life – her lifestyle, husband and three children is what she wants from life. However, her husband Steven decides that the life he has with Maddy is not what he wants, and decides he’s going to start a new life with a younger woman. Then starts all the changes those of us who are divorced and separated are sure to relate to.
This book has sadness and joy and despair and
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Samantha March
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Blasphemy Box by Mandy Behbehani in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book involved blogging, I knew it was one for me to read. Sometimes blogs can get a bad rep, but I fully believe in them – but I have blogging now for 4 years! It’s great to create a new community, a new group of “virtual” friends, especially because they more than likely will have the same interests in you – because that’s why they found your blog in the first place! But the book isn’t jus
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Andrea
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I seriously think that this is one of my new favorite books of 2013. I was sucked in from the very beginning, and found myself sneaking my Kindle to read more and more chapters at every chance I could. I have British heritage, which draws me to British characters. I love Maddy's sass and honesty as she tries to navigate those perilous waters one finds herself in during a divorce. She rides a roller coaster of emotion, and you are right there with her. You feel her angst and frustration, confusio ...more
Lisa Rayns
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable

This book is about the remarkable journey of an older woman reinventing herself after her husband of twenty years leaves her for a young woman. It’s a witty, enjoyable read, and the fact that I read the whole thing when I’ve never finished a book written in present tense before says a lot. It’s well-written and held my interest.

I think anyone who has ever been divorced or thought about divorce can relate in a way that will touch their soul. It brings up great issues about men, letting
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Rachel
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Blasphemy Box captured me straight away, I guess it is because as a married woman you will always worry your husband will leave you for a younger model, and in this book it does happen. I liked that Maddy is from England originally as I too am from England and I can definitely agree with curse words are our second language. In fact I could relate to a lot of Maddy, I too am a writer, I have been a single parent, I have tried internet dating and I write a blog. I have not gone through a divor ...more
Niki
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a nightmare not many people want. Maddy hears her husband tell her that he leaves her when she is fifty one. She can't believe her ears even more when it is for a woman half her age. She keeps on hoping he will be back one day.

Her kids try to help where they can, but will Maddy let go and chose for herself? Will she be able to find new love? She wil finish her book that she been trying to write for so long with help of a friend she becomes stronger and believing in herself, will she see
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Susan
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Mandy pens "The Blasphemy Box" in a unique and original plot filled with heartache, raw emotions, and a nice touch of humor. Her characters were very believable, relate-able, real and I totally connected with the main character as I saw the same things happen. Switching between crying and laughing throughout the whole book, I highly recommend it to all women..I totally fell in love with it!

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Alice Gaines
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun book. You won't be able to put it down.

Full of insights and humor, fast-paced, filled with the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Francisco. You'll cheer for Maddy as she navigates the stormy waters of divorce and emerges stronger and happier on the other side.

Brava to the author!
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, books-to-review
a great book about hitting 50, husband cheating, getting a divorce and finding yourself all over again. I really enjoyed this book
Alice
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun, entertaining read.
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