Friday, February 6, 2015

Beginning ~ with advice from a columnist

The Breakdown Lane ~ by Jacquelyn Mitchard, 2005, fiction (Wisconsin)
Dear J, I'm getting married next summer, to a man of another nationality.  Both families are very happy, but there is a problem.
Those opening lines are intriguing, making me want to know about the problem and what the advice columnist will say.  Here's the book description:
Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living — every Sunday she doles it out to clueless people she doesn't know, in a column in her local Wisconsin paper.  But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues.  Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a "sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children — Gabe, Caroline, and Aury — behind.  But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent.  The succeeding months are filled with a confusion and sadness that shake the core of the entire family.  Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo — before it's too late.

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Page said...

Hmmm. This one sounds interesting. I too, want to see what kind of response she gives... I also wonder what really cause the husband to vamoose.

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Juli Rahel said...

Oh wow, this sounds like a really intense read. Initially I thought it was funny because I always think advice columns are hilarious and my name is Juliane and I thought about myself running a column. But then it turned really sad. I think I'd have to read a bit more before knowing whether I want to plunge into this one! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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sherry fundin said...

Uh oh, I wonder what the problem is...
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Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting! I love advice columns so this sounds like a unique premise.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like the kind of story I adore. Something about surprising life-altering events and the way characters react to them always appeals to me. I'll look for this one.
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Elizabeth said...

Love the cover.

Sounds great. I miss the Dear Abby columns. :) Or do we still have them and I haven't noticed?

Interesting to find out what the problem is.

ENJOY, and thanks for sharing.

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Bonnie Jacobs said...

Elizabeth, "Dear Abby" IS still being published. I found it online for you: