EXCERPT: Judith couldn’t quite understand why her daughter chose to sell almost everything she owned to live full-time in an RV. Sometimes, Carol secretly wondered why too, but she couldn’t bring herself to fully admit that she’d started to doubt the decisions she’d made in the last six months. In all honesty, Carol was starting to question every decision she’d made over the past year since she’d been widowed.
She missed her house. Up until she’d sold it, she could pretend that Tobias wasn’t gone. She could, somewhere in the back of her mind, tell herself he was on a trip or working late. She could act like her life hadn’t been upended. She could sit at the little table in his garden, sipping her wine and reliving the many times she’d watched him tend his flowers.
The downside of that was the heart-stopping recollection she’d have when reality set in and she’d remember Tobias was dead. Not on a trip. Not working late. He was gone, and he’d never come home. He’d never tend his flowers again.
ABOUT ‘A LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS’: Since losing her husband, Tobias, in a tragic accident, Carol Denman has been on a journey of self-growth. She’s taken steps to finally grieve her daughter’s death, forgive her first husband, and mend her broken relationship with her mother. The one heartbreak she can’t seem to come to terms with is losing her husband.
As Carol continues her travels, family, old friends, and new confidants want to help her heal. However, this is a path Carol must travel alone. She knows her husband would want her to be happy again. She just has to figure out how to move forward.
Carol must dig deep to find a way back to the peace and happiness she once had in her life with Tobias. Coming to terms with being a widow isn’t going to be easy, but with the support from her loved ones and a few strangers, Carol embarks on her most poignant journey yet—finding a life without regrets.
MY THOUGHTS: The end of the series. *sigh* I am going to miss Carol Denman. I have enjoyed my jaunts with her around the tourist spots of the USA.
The story is told from Carol’s point of view in the present time and with flashbacks to different periods of her life. These flashbacks give us a deeper understanding of the traumas she has endured.
Carol has lost everything: she’s lost her daughter; she’s lost her husband; she’s lost her way; she’s lost confidence in her ability to cope. She’s lost. And everyone else thinks they have the perfect map for Carol to find her way back to a fulfilling life . . .
I have become very fond of Carol over the three books in this series. She is, in her own way, a very strong person. Misguided, but strong. Not that she recognizes her strengths.
There are some wonderful characters in this book. Some we meet only briefly, like Harold who is also on the road, and widowed from his wife of fifty years. Carol’s sister-in-law, Lara, who loves Carol like a sister, and her mother-in-law, and Mary, who just has to be the most wonderful mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law ever!
This is another emotional read, and the last in the series, which leads to my only disappointment – (view spoiler) I really and honestly believe there was another book there, but try as I might I just can’t come up with a title for it!
Thank you Marci Bolden for sharing Carol’s amazing and heartbreaking journey with us. I am sure the tissue manufacturing companies also thank you.
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THE AUTHOR: THE AUTHOR: As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading women’s fiction and romance novels.
Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Pink Sand Press via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of A Life Without Regrets by Marci Bolden for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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