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A troublesome journey…

HELL HEAVEN & IN-BETWEEN: One Woman's Journey to Finding LoveHELL HEAVEN & IN-BETWEEN: One Woman’s Journey to Finding Love by Kathryn Hurn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me almost a month to finish this book. Was it so long that it deserved that time or was it so intense that I couldn’t read more than few chapters a day?

This book was more like reading someone’s diary than a women’s search for just love. It was her entire journey from where she realised who she was, what she has done and how to make the difficult decision of moving on and what follows.

If I wasn’t gifted this book to read and review by the author, I would have probably given up somewhere in the middle. But I just needed to do justice to it and believe that it would make a difference. Somewhere I was so engrossed in Lucy’s emotions that I started feeling those in my relationship as well. Somewhere I just wanted Lucy to move on and to get what she wanted out of life. I knew she and the love of her life would end up together. Kathryn gave that up in the beginning of Volume 2, but how and how long would her ordeal last was not explained. I felt Lucy had the patience of a Victorian heroine something which seems to reoccurring in modern times – while one part of us fights to be independent the other wants to be loved and be provided for irrespective. Ambition does not take away the desire to be loved. Work does not satisfy us emotionally as it would a 21st century man for whom money is more important than a loving relationship.

The book takes you on a journey and you need to patient to let it unravel for you. My three star rating is for some loose ends in the book and the ending. It feels like it could be better rounded off than rushed into given the pace of the earlier portions. I definitely feel it could be way shorter and edited some more.

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Random thoughts

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus.

I watched a movie last night.

The story was about a family who was about to lose their anchor to a surfing accident.

The mother was in ‘coma and never to wake up’ and the father didn’t know how to break the news to his two young daughters.

He didn’t even know why his elder daughter wouldn’t see eye to eye with her mum. His heart broke when he knew she was going to ask him for a divorce. The father thought ‘the man’ needed to know so that he can say goodbye.

The entire story just boiled down to the last scene when the man’s wife comes to see the mother and tells her she forgives her for cheating on her, for trying to break up her family. The only reason she came was cause her husband said ‘it was just sex and he didn’t love her.’ It didn’t matter that she did.

Women are just so weird. They don’t care who their men sleep around with as long as their heart lies with her. Wonder how can women be wired so strangely and why the fact ‘that did/do you love her’ matter more than the fact that the man was dishonest.

Weird is this emotion of love. Can’t still get over the anger in the wife’s eyes for the mother. Shouldn’t the anger be there for her husband as well? He could have said ‘no’ or was the physical attraction to fatal to deny?

Women are strange. No wonder most men get away with such stuff.

Anyways, long day ahead. Ta da.