Your Roots Are Showing

by Jennifer


Lizzie Buckley’s life changes the instant she sends an email to her sister complaining about unsuccessfully trying to balance 24-hour-a-day motherhood responsibilities with the romantic attention her husband expects. She even tells her sister that life might be easier if he wasn’t around at all.

Unfortunately she ends up being forced to test out that theory.

Your Roots Are Showing is a delightful novel addressing the slow erosion of a marriage, and perhaps that of a woman as well. That sounds awfully sad and haunting, but that is not the tone of the book. Elise Chidley tells about the crumbling of a marriage and the hard choices with an honest and reflective tone (and more than one light moment that made me laugh out loud).

I don’t often like to read books that deal with the dissolution of a marriage, or the starting over period that happens next, but without giving anything away, I will say that the tone of the book and the choices made within the pages combined to make this a great read, encouraging personal reflection and evaluation in just the right amount.

Your Roots Are Showing is Elise Chidley’s first novel. and I’d definitely read her second.

We have five copies to give away (U.S. or Canadian shipping addresses). If you’d like to win one, please leave a comment. We’ll announce the winners on 2/18.

Managing Editor Jennifer Donovan also blogs at Snapshot about life with her tween daughter and preschool son.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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1 Kari February 8, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Typically this book doesn’t sound like something I would be drawn to, but your review of it does intrigue me! Thanks!! :)

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I agree, the topic sounds depressing, but your review makes it sound like a good read.

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8 Rachel Langston February 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Please add my name to the contest to win one of the copies you have to give away!

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I, too, didn’t think this sounded like a book I would be interested in — I don’t like it when marriages dissolve either — but your comments plus the ones at Amazon make it sound interesting. Sign me up! :-)

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This seems to go along with the theme of a few of my latest reads, so I am intrigued– putting it on the library list now. :)

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I would love to read this book.

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i’m in! thanks!

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Sounds interesting. I just finished reading LOVE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS which about a marriage in trouble too. Like you, it’s not something I would normally read about, but after reading your review this seems like something I would really enjoy reading.

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I love delving into the human psyche, probably why I majored in Counseling in Grad School. Would love this book!

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I would LOVE to read this book to see the character transition after divorce and how she copes

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This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

30 Pat February 9, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for the excellent book review. Thanks also for the contest.

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i can’t wait to win

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“Your Roots are Showing” sounds like a book I would love to read. I love the written word!

33 Anne L. February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Looks like a good one, thanks for the giveaway!

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Hmmm, to read or not to read… ;)

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45 Mary Marlatt February 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I’m always interested in an author’s first book, and this one sounds like one I would love. Thanks!

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I would love to read this.


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Sounds like an interesting book. I would love a chance to win.

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the women in my family meet for lunch on thursdays and pass our books around.
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I would love to read this book-it sounds sad..but sometimes life IS sad! thank you!

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Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance.

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I would like to read this book. I am glad that you said there were LOL moments in it. I am not in the mood for something too depressing.

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Please enter me in this great contest thanks

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For someone like me whose roots are showing most of the time, this sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity!

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enter me

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Based on your review it sounds like a good read.

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Sounds like an interesting book. I would love to win.

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Sounds like a great read, please count me in.

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Thanx for the contest

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Please include me
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When difficult topics are dealt with humor and honesty they tend to make for good reading. Count me in!

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Sounds like a great read.

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I would love to read this book!

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I really want to read this one!

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I love to read new authors. Thanks for the giveaway!

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This looks sort of sad, but I’d like to try it anyway!

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Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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This book sounds interesting. I think it would be hard to choose between your children and your husband, though. Thanks for having the contest!

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I like books about how people evolve, please count me in!

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I love reading new books!

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looks like a great book:)

141 Christina February 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

The slow erosion of a marriage and perhaps of a woman – it’s true, relationships degrade slowly, and before one knows it they’re actually in shreds, and it takes a particularly good writer to be able to show that slow decline.

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This sounds like a very interesting book. I hope that I can win a copy. Thanks.

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