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Room to Breathe

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A funny, emotional novel full of southern charm about a mother and daughter ready to start over.

“Liz Talley delivers. Her dialogue is crisp and smart, her characters are vivid and real, her stories are unputdownable.” —Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author

For a good part of Daphne Witt’s life, she was a supportive wife and dutiful mother. Now that she’s divorced and her daught

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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Bridgett
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-first
A delightful little book about finding yourself...no 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 a chara
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"Avonna
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 publisher a
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Kathleen
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
Judy Christiana
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 liv ...more
Vicki
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
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.
Living My Best Book Life
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 th
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George
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
Jackie
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
Tonya
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
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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
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Janci
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such unlikable characters.
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.
Carol Filipow Pigg
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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 Daph
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Konny
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
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Margaret
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathy Averbeck
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Chelley Marie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I received this free from amazon on kindle . I don’t usually like reading on phone or iPad but this book was so worth it.. and free:)
Kathleen
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Karen
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
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.
Tracy Zullo
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age story for both mom and daughter - loved it
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.)
M.M. Schreier
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
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 reinfo
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Neal B Kilbane
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The long road to reality.

Sometime we as parents need to take a step back and recall the young people we once were and how hard it was to fit in today's world.
Debbie
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read!

I enjoyed the characters...and believe it or not, their drama. It is a story typical of moms and daughters. Made me smile.
Diana
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liz Talley
Room to Breathe

I have read all of the books written by Liz Talley and I will say Room to Breathe was outside for box for Liz Talley. I loved the main character Daphne she finally woke up from what I call a coma and finished strong and grew some balls as well call it and not let everyone push her around and be a doormat. Her daughter Ellery also grew up in this book and realized the detour life threw her was the right path and she became a strong young woman. Both wome
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Gail Chianese
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-wf-lit
A wonderful story about taking control of your destiny and your right to happiness.

If you’ve ever read a Liz Talley romance you know she delivers a fun, easy, read that will tug at your heartstrings and usually have you laughing out loud in multiple places. Well, I’m happy to say her newest didn’t fail to deliver, but also brought so much more to the table.

In ROOM TO BREATHE we have Daphne—mom, divorcee, successful career woman, and yet like so many women who are “empty-n
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Angela Sanford
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Author Liz Talley and it definitely will not be my last! I was immediately drawn into this book from the first page. Daphne Witt was always a complacent wife to her husband Rex but when she decided to fulfill her dream of becoming an author of children's books, Rex refused to give her the support she needed. Filling their daughter, Ellery's head full of lies, Rex succeeds in driving a wedge between mother and daughter. that will last for several years.. Afte ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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 15. Daddy is pay
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Janet
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
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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
“Because she never showed her displeasure to you. You’re her daddy, the man who always gives her the moon and stars. I’m her mother, and my job is to keep her from burning her fingers on all the stars you rope for her.” 0 likes
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