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One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.
Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Diane S ☔
I try to rate like genres, with the same in my reviews. This is a much lighter read than I usually read but it turned out to be a good palate cleanser after a read that pretty much made me feel quite disgusted. A woman, married for over 18 years, two twins ready to start college, is presented , quite out of the blue, with divorce papers. Her mother in law, who has never approved of her, has lived with the family for three years due to some forgetfulness on her part. They end up taking a trip tog ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-reads
Prepare to fall in love with this charming story of life, love, and family. The Future She Left Behind is beautifully written and shows us that "life happens". This one holds humor, small town glamour, and self discovery.

The Plot: After 19 years of marriage, a set of twins heading off to college, and becoming the "babysitter" to her forgetful mother in law, Katelyn is suddenly faced with a gripping reality. Her husband files for divorce and admits to cheating. So, what's a woman to d
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Toni
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant read filled with small town charm that begs the questions" Is it necessary to go back in order to move forward?" When Katelyn is surprised by divorce documents from her husband, she must plan for her future and reflect on her 18 year marriage. She decides to drive home to Texas from St. Louis...and take her dependent yet opinionated mother-in-law with her. Is it ever too late to pursue your dreams? Ms Thomas thinks not. It is filled with lovable, quirky characters that could be in any ...more
Lacey
Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing, and Marin Thomas for allowing to me have an arc before the publication date.

This book was adorable! I didn't know how I would feel after reading the synopsis, but I fell in love with the way Marin Thomas wrote this story. 

After being served divorce papers from her husband who is away on business, Katelyn is forced to take her mother-in-law back to Little Springs. Shirley, Katelyn's mother-in-law, always berates her and makes her feel li
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Laura Drake
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet read! Thomas' latest is funny, sad, uplifting, and frustrating (you want kill the MIL for most of the book), and a great story of redemption. Great characters you feel like you know!

Highly recommend it.
Amber
Thank you to Marin Thomas and Berkley for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my gosh, this book had me laughing out like us from start to finish. It was exactly the women's fiction book I needed and wanted to read this summer. It had the expected arc of women going through an emotional experience that helps them grow and rediscover themselves, and the empowering female camaraderie that I enjoy so much. It also had the smart ass characters, in this case both a moth
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Tamara
Review to come soon.

Quick thoughts:
On the surface, a light read. But Katelynn is dealing with some life issues that many can relate to. Enjoyable!
Cian O hAnnrachainn
Authors are advised to "blow something up" in the first five pages of a novel, to grab a reader's attention. Marin Thomas does exactly that in THE FUTURE SHE LEFT BEHIND, blowing up protagonist Katelyn Chandler's comfortable life by introducing a divorce decree that ends twenty years of marriage.


Katelyn commences on a journey of personal discovery as a way to recover from the shock, with her mother-in-law along for the ride. Their relationship is stereotypical, but when you wan
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Kate ☀️ Olson
I ended up just totally loving this book! It's a feel-good story of second chances, fresh starts and family set in West Texas. It has a ton of heart!

Highly recommended for fans of contemporary women's fiction.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy - all opinions are my own.
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Many thanks to Penguin Random House for an advance copy of "The Future She Left Behind" by Marin Thomas ~ anticipated release date of September 5, 2017. Katelyn Chandler is blind-sided with divorce papers from her husband who she discovers has been unfaithful several times throughout their marriage. One of the first moves her soon to be ex makes is to sell their palatial home, so Katelyn decides to drive home to Little Springs, Texas to lick her wounds and figure out her next move. Her snooty mo ...more
Debbie
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!! I agree with one of the reviews that relates it to the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" with some bits of the sarcasm of the TV show "Mom".

I don't know how Katelyn did it. Putting up with that mother-in-law (Shirley Pratt) of hers. She was ghastly. HA!

I could relate to a lot of these characters. I think I pretty much talk to my friends the way Shirley talked to Katelyn, but to hear it from your mother-in-law?

It gets even funnier when Katelyn and
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Viviane Crystal
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katelyn Pratt’s life moves from sedate satisfaction into a whirlwind question mark when her husband, after twenty years of marriage, has divorce papers served on Katelyn. He’s found a new, young love and left his wife with his mother, who is probably the most annoying woman in the world of St. Louis. Shirley Pratt is a snob who is constantly mocking or correcting her daughter-in-law. But her husband has decided the house will go up for sale and his mother will move into a senior apartment comple ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed so many times while reading this book. It wasn’t particularly funny, but Shirley Pratt, A.K.A the mother-in-law from hell, was hilarious. She was mean, she was a manipulator, and she was funny. I love how she poked and prodded at her daughter-in-law and how the DIL let her but got her own pokes in. Katelyn, the DIL, was wonderful. She had the patience of a saint but didn’t take her life lying down. Sure, she became the stay at home mom from TV shows but it was what she wanted to do for ...more
Kim
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice read. It reminded me a little of Patty Jane's House of Curl, which is one of my favorite books. Katelyn discovers that her husband wants a divorce when she is served legal papers one morning out of the blue. Her bitter, complaining mother-in-law lives with her and Katelyn's first thought is "good riddance". But that is not the case; Katelyn's kind nature wins out and she and her MIL embark on an adventure home to Katelyn's mother and a small town in Texas.

When she was you
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Lisa Welch
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things to like:
1. The setting in a small town in Texas. It was quaint, and it felt like home to the reader.
2. The variety and development of the characters was outstanding. I'm sad to not be able to read more about all of them.
3. This was a quick, easy read. I was able to read it in an afternoon (granted a very lazy, laid back afternoon).
4. I liked the overall messages of female empowerment, following your dreams, and taking life one day at a time. Thomas also did a great
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Crystal
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is entertaining yet tender. It explores the relationship between a family torn apart by deceit and divorce.
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These are the types of book that help us to refocus. They are those reads that helps us realize the good in the world, that there is room for second chances and fresh starts. I was delighted by this multi-layered story that shines a light on the things that keep us moving forward; love, family and friends. A wonderfully heartwarming and sweet story sprinkled with humor and love.
Elaine - Small Farm Big Life
Katelyn grew up in a small town in west Texas. She spent her days drawing and dreaming of getting out. She loved the train tracks and the trains that came and left. She was sure that she was meant to be on one of those trains headed anywhere but there.

When Katelyn received a scholarship for her art and the opportunity to leave she jumped on it, even though it meant leaving her high school boyfriend and family behind. Katelyn had never meant to stay and left without a second thought t
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IJ
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I have read by Marin Thomas.
It was a very enjoyable Women's Divorce Fiction that took place in Texas. And you know that if it takes place in Texas, I love it!
I was a little surprised by the lack of anger on Katelyn's part when she got the divorce papers from her husband. One little glass of wine smashed against the wall.. please... she could've done a lot better than that.
Loved the characters in this book, gave me quite a few laughs, I can just imagine w
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Marisa
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Library Request. This was the poorest excuse of a book, the writing was juvenile and just bad, the characters omg where to start. They all sucked talk about a sad excuse for a book, I blame the editors where are all the editors......
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Future She Left Behind
By Marin Thomas
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Synopsis:

One woman’s journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.

Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with h
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Marco
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For fans of 'Hope Floats'. It was kind of refreshing to read a novel where someone isn't investigating a murder or everyone is seriously dysfunctional. "The Future She Left Behind" is a movie-waiting-to-happen.

Katelyn Chandler is suddenly at the start of a divorce and left with a mother-in-law who forgets everything but a string of criticisms to her daughter-in-law. In an effort to regain the "future she left behind", she goes home to Little Springs, Texas and the mother she left beh
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Amber Garabrandt
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delivered divorce papers by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler wants to pack up and head home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants to reconnect with her mom, rediscover her art, and heal in the pleasant town.
There’s just one problem… Shirly Pratt, Katelyn’s mother-in-law, is not ready to give up the only one that has cared for her in three years. Hijacking the road trip, she goes along to Texas all the while acting her domineering, manipulative self. As Katelyn finds herself again she has
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Kathy
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas is a captivating novel of new beginnings and rediscovering one's self in the wake of divorce.

Katelyn Chandler Pratt is absolutely stunned when her husband Don unceremoniously divorces her after nineteen years of marriage. With her disagreeable mother-in-law Shirley in tow, Katelyn returns to her small hometown in Texas to regroup and spend some long overdue time with her mom, Birdie.  Having lost touch with her own hopes and goals/>The
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Jenny Houle
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firsttoread
I received a free ARC of this book from FirstToRead.com.

When Katelyn Chandler's husband has divorce papers delivered while he's traveling for business, she's caught entirely off guard. What's worse? She's stuck taking care of his cantankerous mother. She makes a hard choice to go visit her own mother in Little Springs, TX and Shirley (her mother-in-law) insists on tagging along for the ride.

While in Little Springs for what she thought would be a short stay, she realizes s
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Paula Pugh
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sweet story about a woman finding herself again after her unfaithful husband files for divorce, puts their house on the market, and tells her she'll be fine. Plus, he's saddled her with his mother, a critical, overbearing witch.
Katelyn thinks all is well in her marriage until her cheating husband drops the divorce bomb. She looks at her life and decides to go back to her home in Little Springs, Texas, a place she never wanted to go back to again. She has lost herself
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Coleen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordinarily I would not read a 'romantic' type book unless it had some other factor that interested me. This one did. It involved a relationship between a woman and her mother-in- law. To add to the intrigue, the woman's husband 'surprises' her with a divorce after the husband had moved his mother in to live with them for several years.

The relationship was not an easy one, told mostly through the wife's side, Katelyn. I totally enjoyed that part of the story. I could see myself playing the part
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Vicki
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Not my typical kind of read but enjoyed thoroughly.
Katelyn Pratt is married to a very successful business man, with 18 year old twins that have now gone out in the world for college. She still has the one person she doesn't like in her household, her 65 year old snobby Mother-in-Law. She's rude, constantly belittling Katelyn, and since her husband is traveling for work more often than not, Katelyn is left to take care of her.
Then after a day out at the salon whil
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Kim
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice read. It reminded me a little of Patty Jane's House of Curl, which is one of my favorite books. Katelyn discovers that her husband wants a divorce when she is served legal papers one morning out of the blue. Her bitter, complaining mother-in-law lives with her and Katelyn's first thought is "good riddance". But that is not the case; Katelyn's kind nature wins out and she and her MIL embark on an adventure home to Katelyn's mother and a small town in Texas.

When she was you
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Phyllis
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katelyn left her small town roots in Little Springs, Texas after high school to pursue her passion for art. After meeting Don in college and marrying him, her passion got lost in the daily actions of raising children, keeping house and supporting Don in his career. As her twins are getting ready to start college, her husband blindsides her by having her served with divorce papers. Katelyn decides to go back to Little Springs to visit her mother and regroup; she didn’t plan on having her mother-i ...more
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