Two Minus One
by Kathryn Taylor
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Pub Date 06 Nov 2018 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2018
“You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband’s dying brother, the other shoe does drop. Taylor’s husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, “done with the marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it.”
With this, the life Taylor has come to know is over. Relying on the strength of a lifelong friend who refuses to let her succumb to the intense waves of grief, she slowly begins to find her way out of grief. Over the course of two years, through appointments with attorneys and therapists, purging shared belongings, and pushing herself to meet new people and do new things, Taylor not only regains a sense of control in her life, she also learns to enjoy the new life she has built, the friendships she’s formed—and to savor her newfound strength.
“There are times in life when we are presented with unforeseen challenges that feel so overwhelming, we just want to shut down and hide. In those moments we have a choice, to go towards the light or stay in the darkness. Kathryn shows us her deepest sadness, and her heroic struggle to get her life back. Her book shows how she recognized that there is life after grief and suffering, and to remember that happiness is always a choice, one we DO have control of.” – Jennifer Pate Gilbert, founder of Save the Date® and author of I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag
“… Kathryn Taylor opens her heart and soul to take us on her journey of recovery. With resilience and grace, she reminds us that, no matter what life throws your way, you can reach down and bring up the courage to not only go on, but grow.” – Vikki Stark, Author of Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal
“Taylor offers a poignant and well-crafted account of what it is like to be sixty-years-old, believing you are happily married one day, only to discover the next, having missed all of the clues, that you’ve been abandoned. This is certainly a story that demonstrates the powerful ways in which – love is blind – . This is a human story, one of vulnerability, insight and resilience…highly recommended.” – Diane Pomerantz, PhD, author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool
“Taylor’s book is a gift to anyone who is divorced and feeling hopeless because she illustrates, through her own story of suffering, disillusionment and eventual triumph, that divorce is not the end. I highly recommend that anyone who is divorced and feeling alone in their fight to survive read Two Minus One to gain encouragement, clarity and hope.” – Lisa Duffy, Author, Speaker and Divorce Recovery Coach
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Average rating from 20 members
Interesting book about being blindsided in your marriage, and the subsequent divorce. What a mess author had to deal with. Dealing with divorce is never a picnic, having gone through it myself. Very informative.
Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Firstly I need to say Kathryn I wish you every happiness and hope life is kinder to you. My Mum went through a very similar situation and I wish she had found your strength. This book cannot fail to make you think how you would feel in the authors shoes. Honestly written, it’s unfortunately a devastating part of so many women’s life. Although it’s not meant as a self help book I can see that it would give support and inspiration to ladies Going through divorce or separation.
What a surprising book this was. I was thoroughly engrossed in Kathryn's story and how she was just so honest and frank.
Kathryn and her husband started their relationship as neighbours, then friends and then lovers and marriage. After blending their families together and moving for husbands job, Kathryn thought things were going well. She had no knowledge how things would turn.
On a weekend away to visit Husband's dying brother, in the car he say's " I'm done with the marriage and don’t want to talk about it,”.
What a shock she had.
Kathryn relied on her closet friend in her time of grief and after many tries found a therapist.
Time heals all wonds - not so. But with the devastation of her husband leaving in such a shocking way, it took her time to sort through her feelings and move on.
She has put her life out in ways that many wouldn't and it actually gave me hope that if this were to happen to myself or anyone I know, then I could draw from Kathryn's book and her strength that she possessed to get her through this period in her life.
A must read, for anyone. Whether your in a relationship- solid or not.