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Tour: 41. Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright...

April 2, 2010
love in mid airToday's tour is for Kim Wright's Love in Mid Air, a story about a woman's journey to find happiness.

Title: Love in Mid Air
Author: Kim Wright
ISBN-13: 9780446540445
ARC: 312 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

FTC Disclosure: My ARC of Love in Mid Air was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

About the author:
Kim Wright has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than 25 years and is a two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Writing.

drey's thoughts:
Love in Mid Air is a story of a woman whose chance encounter in a plane starts her off on a journey that she never would have anticipated taking. On the cover, Elyse Bearden has the "perfect" life. You know, the husband who works and provides all, the child who's lovely and doing well, the big beautiful house, the girlfriends who knows everything about your life... But take a look between the pages, and you'll see that she's not happy. Maybe it's from the little things, like living life with a husband who leaves vague post-it notes instead of having a conversation with her. Or who asks "what are you doing?" and "what are you trying to be?" when she buys sexy lingerie and wears it to bed to surprise him.

Not that Phil is a bad man. But neither he nor Elyse know quite how to talk to each other in this marriage. Is this what happens when you've been married for a while and have gotten into a routine that you can't seem to find the exit sign for? When she suggests counseling, he sends her to the doctor to rule out medical issues, then reschedules from an impartial counselor to their pastor (and his best friend). He is confused by Elyse's demands, even though he doesn't seem to be surprised by them. I guess I'd say that he was content with the status quo, and doesn't think that she would ever do anything. After all, their entire support group--the church, her friends, his friends, their friends, in short, everybody--think that marriages should be saved. As she says, "You think I'm just some dentist's wife living in a four-hundred-thousand-dollar house with twenty bucks in her purse who talks this big game but doesn't have the balls to see it through."

But Elyse needs to be more than just that dentist's wife, Tory's mother, Kelly's best friend... She even needs to be more than Gerry's lover. She needs to be herself. And it is the journey to finding herself that makes this a book worth reading. Pick it up!

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have three (3!) copies of Love in Mid Air for you. This is open to US and Canada residents only, no PO Boxes please! To enter, comment below: Why do you think women stay? Please remember to include your email address! Do it all before 6:00 pm CST April 29th. Yes, this one's longer than I normally do for giveaways, but that's because guess who's my Featured Author for April? Why, Kim Wright, of course!! Good luck!!


Kim said...

Hi Drey,

Thanks so much for hosting me and Love in Mid Air and I look forward to being your featured author for April!


julstew said...

I have heard good things about this book. I am looking forward to reading it.

I think one reason women stay in unhappy relationships is the fear of the unknown. Even if you are unsatisfied, at least you KNOW what each day will bring. It is scary to shake things up.

Thanks for the giveaway!

julstew at gmail dot com

bermudaonion said...

Your review is fantastic! I really didn't relate to Elyse as I read the book, but you kind of explained her to me. No need to enter me.

holdenj said...

Please count me in, I've been reading great reviews of this book.
I think a lot of women "stay" because of financial reasons too.

Benita said...

Please count me in.

I think women stay because they are afraid to be on their own. A man may give them status in some ways.


doreen lamoureux said...

One reason...He will change cause he loves me.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Melanie said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'm always interested in why women stay or leave. I think one of the biggest hurdles to leaving is money.

Pam said...

I honestly think the reason many women stay is the comfort in the familiar - it may not be happy, exciting, or even safe, but they know what to expect each day.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I think women stay because there scared that they won't know how to be alone or know how to move on, or that its easier just to be unhappy and live with the familiar lifestyle that there use to.


Mitzi H. said...

Sometimes I think staying is like wearing an old pair of comfortable's easier to wear what you have grown used to rather than to seek a new pair.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. Many women stay because they lack self confidence and are too dependent on the husband for everything. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy said...

This sounds like a great read! Please include me in the giveaway.

I think that many women stay in an unhappy marriage for several reasons - financial, fear of change, hope that things will get better, and desire to maintain a family life for the children.

Women are nurturers by nature. We women take care of others. That is great, but sometimes in doing so, a woman can lose some of her own identity. It sounds like this may be what happened to the main character in this book.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Cindy said...

I forgot to include my email address.


Kim Wright said...

Hey guys, thanks for the comments...and Drey, I'm incredibly excited about being your featured novelist for April! Thanks a bunch!

ossmcalc said...

I know that in my case that I stayed for religious reasons. Roman Catholics just did not get divorced. I was also afraid of losing my daughter as I knew that she was more impressed that Daddy would give her whatever she wanted and there were no rules. Plus, you get to the point where you start to believe that those things that he is saying about you might actually be true.

I would find this book to be really interesting to read.

Thank you,


Karen H said...

Kim is a new-to-me author and the more I read about this book, the more I want to read the whole thing. Please add me to the draw.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

rubynreba said...

They stay because the security a marriage offers and fear of being alone. Also for the children if there are any.

Cheryl said...

I would like to enter the giveaway for this book! I have been wanting to read it!

I think women stay because of the children and just because it's a scary thing to go off on your own to the unknown. It's just easier to stick it out and live the life you are used to, even if you aren't happy.

The Book Chick said...

I think that women stay because of the security- financial and otherwise. Leaving the person that you're with means that you have to START ALL OVER AGAIN.....financially, with posessions, etc.


Misusedinnocence said...

I think women stay because they're afraid of facing all of it by themselves.

Unknown said...

Some women stay because of fear, others because of responsibility. aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

Debbie F said...

I think alot of women stay because of money. Not having enough money to support themselves and their children is a prison that women are kept in by their husbands/boyfriends. Its truly sad!

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Unknown said...

Lots of reason's finaces, scared, staying for the kids...I've been with my husband for 21 years, since I was 16. I couldn't imagine a life w/o him in it. Even if things aren't as great as they use to be. I still Love him.

Renee G said...

One of the reasons women stay is because many have been told that they can't do anything on their own.

Colleen Turner said...

Thanks for having this giveaway!
I think there are so many reasons a woman stays in a relationship: they don't think they can do any better, they are afraid of the unknown or being alone, they don't want to leave their kids into a broken family, etc. I think the biggest issue is that we as women tend to put ourselves last in all situations, so that we try to please everyone else.
Colleen Turner

Anita Yancey said...

I think the biggest reasons women stay are the kids and they are afraid they can't make it financially if they leave. Also some believe they might be able to change the men in their life. Please enter me. Thanks!


angie said...

I think women stay just because of the fear of being alone. They are afraid that they will be seen as a failure if they leave. Also do they really want to go out and date again?
Thanks for the giveaway!
email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

iHeartABBA said...

This book sounds really good. I think women stay for many reasons. The main reason, I honestly believe, is for financial reasons.

Thank you for the chance to win,
iheartabba at gmail dot com

CherylS22 said...

I think women stay because we'd rather deal with the known than the unknown.
Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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