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Balance by @peggy_jaeger is a Best Books of '21 pick #romance #womensfiction #bestbooks #giveaway
Author: Peggy Jaeger
Genre: NYC romance, Women’s fiction, Contemporary romance, Later in life romance, friends to lovers.
She’s a wealthy socialite who survived an abusive marriage.
He’s a hardworking guy raising his son and caring for his widowed father.
They come from different worlds, but it’s said…opposites attract.
Can they find the balance between their two lifestyles to make their love work?
Or will their differences tear them apart? Life and love are a balancing act.
While waiting for a manicure the other day, I took one of those rate your life tests you find in old editions of Cosmo and Elle. You know the ones: your overall score gives an empirical value of how your life’s going at the moment.
Not exactly the healthiest way to take stock of your present situation, I know. But with a few minutes to kill before my manicurist finished up with her previous client I figured, what the hell?
I scored a whopping 41 percent out of the gold standard 100 on the test.
The only question garnering a complete 10 was the one that asked if your finances were in order.
When you’re the only child of a father with a seat on the Stock Exchange and a mother lucky enough to be born into one of the oldest families in the country, you can’t help but be fiscally sound.
Family legend has it trust fund baby were my first coherent, spoken words.
Unfortunately, the rest of the questionnaire’s results were anything but stellar.
~Do you feel fulfilled in your work situation?
I don’t work. Not in the normal 9 to 5 sense.
~ Are you happy with your current love life?
What love life?
~Does getting up each day fill you with a sense of purpose?
Okay, this one I’m seriously working on, but I still only rated it a 5 for the effort I’ve been making of late to become a better person.
~Do you have any mental health issues you are grappling with?
I should have given myself a 10 for this one since I’m still in therapy twice a week, but because I’m not so much grappling with, as learning how to deal with my issues, I scored it low.
By the time my name was called, a deep, dark funk invaded my soul.
Here I was, staring 38 in the face with nothing tangible to show for a life of spoiled riches except a few grey hairs and a frown line my mother suggested—strongly and often—I get rid of with a few well placed Botox injections.
I’d married young – way too young - for the wrong reason, and then stayed in the emotionally abusive relationship out of fear. I’d abandoned my best friend when she needed me the most and I’d never taken advantage of all the, well, advantages, my parents’ social standing and financial security afforded me.
In essence, from the age of twenty-one, I’d stopped participating in being an adult and went through the next fifteen years in a zombie state. The reason is something I’m still coming to grips with, hence the twice-weekly therapy sessions.
And I sound like I’m whining. I’m not.
Well…maybe a little.
But in truth, I am trying, hard, to fashion something for my future life aside from therapy, charity lunches, and economy-stimulating shopping.
Which explained why I was in the back seat of a cab at two in the morning, holding a hysterical, bleeding woman twice my age, while commanding the driver go faster so we could get her to the nearest emergency room. I offered him twice the amount on the meter and told him I’d pay any speeding tickets he got along the way.
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What makes your featured book a must-read?
If you like women’s fiction with strong female leads who have their share of problems and angst, this book is one you should read. I love exploring what happens when two people come together from different social spheres to find the balance in their relationship.
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Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"
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Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0