It seems like an ordinary day for the
Donovans, with Brad being his usual abusive self and Elizabeth playing her
usual submissive role. What makes this day different, however, is that
Elizabeth finally, after forty nine miserable years of marriage, fights back.
Surprising even herself, Elizabeth pulls
out her suitcase and walks out of the only life she has ever known. However,
contrary to what Brad thinks that she is a helpless, dependent, and stupid old
woman, Elizabeth has so many cards up her sleeve and she has the astonishing
strength and courage to use them to start a new life. But first, Elizabeth has
to deal with a painful secret in her past before she could settle wherever she
chooses and live her life on her own terms.
This is a very enjoyable book with sixty
two chapters and told in the first person perspective of an amazing and
remarkable old woman. Though the plot seems familiar with the protagonist, a
victim of domestic abuse, having enough of the shitty life she has, the
preparations Elizabeth has made as she waited for ‘the day’ would pique the
interest of the readers, especially the female readers. Moreover, how she faces
her new life, taking one baby step at a time away from her old, will make the
readers cheer her on as she finds her way very slowly but with unwavering
resolve and childlike wonder for the things she could actually do that she
never imagined she could.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this book a
lot. The plot is delightfully unpredictable and there are so many endearing
characters. First of them, of course, is Elizabeth herself, the brave, kind,
funny, and smart old woman who proves that age really doesn’t matter
and that every day is an opportunity to start a new life. And though I was
expecting a different conclusion to the story, I still find the ending
However, though the paranormal part seems
to make the story interesting, I, personally, believe that its exclusion
wouldn’t make the book less so. Moreover, I noticed some errors within the
entire book that detract from the overall reading experience.
Congratulations to Toni Kief (@tonikayk1)
on such a great book! It is a depiction of woman empowerment at its best.