Your Roots Are Showing

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.


  1. says

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

  2. says

    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! :-)

  3. says

    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. :)

  4. says

    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.

  5. Jenny says

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  6. Deb M says

    This looks like a terrific thought provoking read. Thanks for sharing your review and giveawy:)

  7. Renee C. says

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

  8. Teresa says

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

  9. Mary Ward says

    I would love to win this book! I almost bought it the other day but put it back down for a different book. I’m a huge reader and this book just sounds like a good read.

  10. Mary Marlatt says

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

  11. Candace McCarthy says

    would love to read this book.
    the women in my family meet for lunch on thursdays and pass our books around.
    we’d love to add this to collection. :)

  12. Jackie B. says

    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.

  13. Karly says

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

  14. Michele Wesley says

    This almost sounds depressing, if not for your review, I wouldn’t give it a second thought. Now, I want to read it.

  15. Rosanne says

    Next to death the dissolution of a marriage is one of the saddest most heartbreaking things in the world. But still I would like to read to help me understand it better

  16. Eileen Deliz says

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

  17. Amy Griffin says

    Your description of this book is such a cliff-hanger! It makes me want to run out and get it. Please count me in on your great giveaway!

  18. Tammy Marshall says

    Today’s my birthday! Gimme a great birthday by picking me as your winner! Thank you! =)

  19. Beverly M says

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

  20. Christina says

    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.