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Room to Breathe

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  5,458 ratings  ·  482 reviews
Bestselling author Liz Talley’s emotional and funny novel about family and forgiveness.

For a good part of Daphne Witt’s life, she was a supportive wife and dutiful mother. Now that she’s divorced and her daughter, Ellery, is all grown up, Daphne’s celebrating the best part of her life, a successful career, and a flirtation with an attentive hunk fifteen years her junior…wh
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-first
A delightful little book about finding matter your age or your life stage.

Daphne and Ellery...a mother and daughter duo for the ages...who are, unfortunately, both struggling with the not-always-fantastic life cards they were dealt. Daphne was a lovely individual who, as a fellow peri-menopausal mother, I could relate to on so many different levels. She was a gem of a character I really enjoyed getting to know. Her daughter, Ellery...the spoiled, over-indulged only child...was
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ROOM TO BREATHE by Liz Talley is a new women’s fiction novel focusing on a mother/daughter relationship that is struggling with shifting roles.

Daphne Witt was pregnant and married all before she finished high school. She made the most of her life and for years was a supportive wife and mother. While working part-time at a pre-school, she shares a story she wrote and illustrated. It is sent by one of the other children’s mother to a
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was not worth the price I paid for it

Sorry, folks. This was a freebie from Amazon and I feel ripped off. The plot, the characters, and the dialog all seem contrived and juvenile.
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I don't read a lot of romance novels and this book is the reason why. I thought I was getting a steamy older woman/younger man tale and all I really got was sick to my stomach. It wasn't the writing per se but the characters themselves. Daphne was kind of a bore, she sleeps with a guy her daughter USED to date and had said things like "He's yummy with a cherry on top". She is forty years old for Christs sakes!

Now don't get me started on the character of Ellery. She is 23 and acts 1
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mothers and daughters can be so close, but sometimes they forget that they are each human with frailties and needs for themselves, and sometimes they can make very big human mistakes. This is the premise of Room to Breathe. It is warm and loving, and bitter and angry, and oh so human! Learning to change and accept change in the ones we love can be so hard, but so worthwhile when you're given Room to Breathe. ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly contrived.

Absolutely awful. 4 completely self- centered characters, whiny, self- absorbed and a plot that would make “As the World Turns” soap opera proud. Ugggg.
Judy Christiana
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daphne, almost 40 years old, with a strained relationship with her spoiled, beautiful daughter that she & her ex-husband, Rex, adore, is finally at a point to take action to be happy with herself and her life, after her divorce and rapid accent to be an accomplished children's book author and illustrator. That is a lot to put into one sentence, but that is how this book feels to me. It hooked me in the first chapter and there was no looking back. It never let me go. I was absorbed in the lives o ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When does a woman take control of her own life…when she has divorced and has raised her daughter? But Daphne is having trouble cutting the ties of her apron string with her daughter Ellery, who has been spoiled all her life, especially by her father. Daphne wants to get on with her life and Ellery thinks she should stay as she is, just her mother. But Daphne is not having it. She misses something she had been lacking in her marriage…Sex… and although there other ways of going about this, she fin ...more
M.M. Schreier
Overall, I found this disappointing. While it was nice to read about women learning to find empowerment, the characters fell flat for me. Ellery is a whiny, entitled brat, which while perhaps intended by the author, distanced me so much from the character that I had zero investment in her emotionally. Her come to Jesus moment was so abrupt that I couldn't even build some empathy for her character development. Daphne, just seemed a bit dull.

And once again, this was a story that reinforced that wo
Amy Ingalls
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have a daughter in her twenties who I am very close to. At the same time, there has been tension as she pulls away. She is caught between trying to become an adult and forge her own path, and still relying on her parents for help and support. So I totally got Daphne and Ellery. This book was convoluted, and soapish, but it made me feel things. The mother-daughter dynamic was done really well in this one. It was a bit predictable, but that's okay-- sometimes a nice, tidy wrap-up and happy ever ...more
I've read a few of the author's Morning Glory series and enjoyed the Southern sass of her heroines. There is humor, but also the troubles of life and a romance to them. I spotted Room to Breathe when it released, but it was only now that I was able to get a chance at it. I do love multi-generational stories revolving around the women in one family, but I also love a good starting over in middle age story, too.

The blurb says this is funny. I suppose that there are a few funny moments in the book.
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Room to Breathe, Liz Talley

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: General fiction (Adult), Romance

I really enjoyed this. Its good to read romance from someone older than twenties. Its just a few little niggles that let it down for me, stopped it being five star, things like Ellery pretending to be her mum in emails, Clay, the notorious man whore, wanting more, things that didn't really feel true to character. Overall though its a great read.

I loved Daphne, pregnant at 16 she married Rex a
Daphne is every mother we wish we could be, and she is enjoying success as a writer of a popular series of books for children. Her relationship with her daughter, Ellery is strained and she does not know how to fix it. This is a coming of age book for Ellery and a find yourself book for Daphne. I liked that their points of view switched so it was easy to relate to both of them.

Daphne's ex, Rex, is a piece of work. I think of him as a Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur who needs a lot of work to get up
Sarah Austin
A story about a young divorcee and mother finding her own way as a children's author and.....her daughter. I know that Ellery was supposed to be unlikeable to show how much growth she needed but she was really kind of awful and it made rooting for her hard. I also didn't like how Daphne kept insisting that sleeping with a consenting adult (he's 25 she's 40) was this huge colossal mistake. Yes he wasn't what you were looking for but you're an adult and so is he ..quit apologizing....anyway I did ...more
Carol Filipow Pigg
Totally not my normal read of late. I’m into historical fiction, drama, detective type books. Room to Breathe gave me a delightful read, just enough character conflict without being overwhelming, anda hopeful finish! I will be looking into Miss Liz Talley some more.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such unlikable characters.
Living My Best Book Life
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Room to Breathe is an amazing story about family, self-discovery, and forgiveness. I absolutely LOVED this book. Liz Talley blew me away!

The story follows the Witt women, Daphne and her daughter Ellery, as they are both facing personal challenges in their lives. Daphne has always been the fixer. The one her husband counted on to make everything okay. After her career as an author takes off, her husband decides it time to separate and divorce. She feels so much pressure and assumes that everythin
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liz Talley has a gift for creating flawed, fascinating, and memorable characters, embedded in a narrative that draws you in and doesn’t let go. The story focuses on a mother, Daphne Witt, and her daughter Ellery. Daphne, who was pregnant in high school, and then married to Rex, raised Ellery. Daphne found great success as a children’s author, which her husband couldn’t handle, and the two divorced. Ellery is a spoiled, entitled person, who is engaged to Josh, a first year medical student. Ellery ...more
Margaret Dombrowski
When you have a newly successful children’s author, that is also a divorced woman who is about to turn 40, a “spoiled” daughter that graduated from college, who thought she was a shoe-in for an internship and didn’t bother with applying elsewhere, then throw in the ex-husband with the young girlfriend and his business is floundering, you have a hot mess!

Daphne was a teenager when she became pregnant, and then married Rex. Daphne being the typical people-pleaser took care of everyone. She stumbl
Charlotte Lynn
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started Room to Breathe and wondered if I’d be able to finish it. I didn’t love the characters at the beginning. I found Daphne to be odd. It seemed all she thought about was the hot contractor that was fixing up her childhood house to sell. I’m not all that into cougar romance books so I was doubting if I’d like what I was reading. Yet, I continued reading and I quickly realized that there was so much more to Daphne. She started as a young mother and bride, a mostly stay at home mother who di ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in lovIe with this beautifully written book that has characters and a storyline that I can totally relate with! I loved the main character Daphne and her struggle to evolve as a mother and a woman. Her struggles made her stronger and I loved seeing her find herself. I also enjoyed what I felt was the real life mother daughter drama between her And her daughter Ellery as she too struggled with life herself. This book had me page turning with many emotions as it was so very well written and ...more
Falguni Kothari
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moms with grown daughters will love this book. The dynamics and interactions between Daphne and Ellery were so familiar and on-point. Their struggles to understand and work with each other and spread their own wings.
When should a parent step back from parenting?
When should a child break free of parental protection?
Room to Breathe is a lovely, lovely book that deals with that complicated thing called family.
Nancy J. Kirtland
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother

It's a good thing I got this for free because I found it practically worthless. Unless you're on a plane(as I was) with nothing else to read, don't waste time or money on this novel. Neither the characters nor plot have any depth and the ending is totally predictable. I gave it one star because no star at all was not an option.
Kerry Harrison
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this was a free book from Amazon. Romance is not a genre I enjoy reading but I can see how it might be an enjoyable read for some - a light read at the beach. I did not enjoy this book, the characters were unlikable and had no depth. (I need to stop reading these "free" books because I think I've only ever enjoyed one.) ...more
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
I was a great fan of Liz Talley’s Superromances, indeed one of my favourites ever is her Sweet Talking Man. There was no doubt then, though I’m not a WF fan, I’d follow her on her new-ish path into WF. So I read Room to Breathe, with uneven results: I still love Talley’s ethos and writing and I still don’t like WF. Room to Breathe is funny, witty, and offers loveable characters. It is organized around two main characters, not a hero and heroine as in a romance, but a mother and daughter: nearing ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
This was a Kindle read and was a fun enough beach read type book that centers on the complicated relationships between mothers and adult daughters, and children of divorce and their parents. As Daphne and Ellery get to know themselves, they both grow up in some much needed ways and become mire likable in the process, but the overall slow pace of this book, combined with the overdone setting of vineyards, made this a distraction read that I read in waiting rooms and whatnot for me. Not bad, but f ...more
Mary Go
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I eagerly await anything by Liz Talley and I was excited to actually win a copy of this a few weeks ago in a Facebook group that Liz frequents...I'm just late in writing this. Fans of Dorothea Benton Frank, whose greatness we recently lost, are going to love Liz Talley. If there were a genre called "Amazing, strong Southern women true-to-life fiction", this would be at the top of the list.

But Liz Talley's writing may not be for everyone, and that's ok.

It's not a quickie little Harlequi
Kathy Averbeck
A story about a mother and daughter going through some of life's difficulties. Daphne became a wife and mother at 16, had only one daughter who was spoiled rotten. Daphne begins a successful career after raising her daughter, her husband is threatened by her success and leaves her. Spoiled daughter blames mother while her own life is not going as planned. Eventually the daughter has to break off and grow up.

This book was just OK for me, not great, but a quick enough read to finish it.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a feel-good book with a powerful message about connecting with those you hold most dear, then this is the book for you! Room to Breathe by Liz Talley is a phenomenal read and here we meet Daphne Witt whose moving on from a rocky divorce, she's entered a new phase in her life, starting a new career and found another to love, who happens to be 15 years younger than she. Her daughter Ellery recently graduated from college and in order to help get her fiance through med school ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Room to Breathe by Liz Talley is a full length, stand-alone romance novel. A slow burn, a story about family, second chances and a story with just the right amount of drama to keep me entertained.
Meet Daphne Witt,writer. The divorced mother catches the eye of an younger man - Clay Caldwell. Clay is Daphne's contractor and he's great at his job. And he developed feelings for Mrs. Witt. Clay is a great character and I liked him a lot. He knows what he wants and how to get it. He's a good guy, hone
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“know, but I also know that everyone needs support. That’s my job—to support her.” “Actually, that’s not your job, honey,” Tippy said. Daphne made a face. “You know I’m right. If you make the way smooth, she’ll never learn how to navigate the rocks and potholes. You can’t fix the world for Ellery any more than your mother could have fixed it for you. We all learn to live with what life hands us, and if we’re brave enough, we learn how to fight what the world gives us and forge our own paths.” 0 likes
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