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ISBN: 0585305730
Author: Catherine Lanigan
Publisher: BMI (June 1, 1997)
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Rating: 4.2
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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart, Chocolate for a.

What do you do when your husband hits you? When your father only sees you as Daddy's good girl?

Becoming is the story of one woman’s triumph after her escape from an abusive husband and loveless marriage  .

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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream, Chicken.

Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart, Chocolate for a. Woman’s Spirit.

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Many woman make poor choices and find themselves in a bad marriage with an abusive man and lack the will-power to get away from him. This book is a well-written story of one woman's escape from such an abusive man. She takes her young son and leaves the husband to forge for herself and her son a new life. The story is well worth reading and thinking about and perhaps will encourage other women in similar situations to be strong and have the faith and courage to make a new life.

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Punind
From the back cover:

What do you do when your husband hits you?...When your father only thinks of you as Daddy's good girl?...When your little son looks at you with tears in his eyes and asks you why you're taking him away from home in the middle of the night? If you're Susan Kidd, you forge a new identity for yourself and leave the past behind.

Like countless women who have made the wrong choices, loved the wrong men, let other people direct their lives, Susan decided to take control of her future. Bright, determined and hardworking, she had the courage to believe she could succeed. This is her story--it is your story--for in one way or another, we are all...Becoming.

And my review:

I was a little wary of buying this book, since I hadn't liked ADMIT DESIRE by the same author. But since it was only 50 cents, I decided to take the chance. I'm glad that I did.

This is the story of a battered wife learning to start over. And while the book is labeled "contemporary romance", the romance aspect of it is only a very small portion of the book. In fact, the reader doesn't even get to meet the hero until page 250! For a 400 page book, that's not very much time for a romance.

And that's where the book lost one star. The romance felt very tacked on at the end. The character of the hero was only very briefly sketched. I never really felt like I knew him. Rather than showing us their relationship, the author decided to just tell us that they are in love, a mere five pages after they meet. Sorry, but I don't find it realistic just because you say it's so! I like to really see and feel the love between the two characters. I didn't here. I suspect that the author was working under a page restriction, and couldn't develop the romance the way she might have liked to. Once I got past my "as if they could be in love so quickly without even knowing each other at all" attitude, the struggles of the heroine to learn to trust again were well portrayed.

The rest of this book was very well done. The character of the heroine was well drawn. Her motivations and fears and the way her past had shaped her was shown through flashbacks and introspection by the heroine. I also liked that the author delved into the relationship of the heroine's parents, showing how their attitudes had shaped the heroine, and bringing healing to their relationship (with each other and with their daughter) as well.

The author also did a good job of showing what had shaped the abusive husband. Not that she ever excused his actions, but she showed how violence can be passed down from parent to child without ever being preachy about it. The husband was more than just a caricature; he was a person as well. It made the heroine's struggle to be free of him while still caring for him feel more real to me.

One minor complaint I had was that I felt that the heroine's son was too good to be true. This kid never complained, never got scared, never threw a tantrum...for an eight-year-old dragged away from everything he's ever known...well, I just found it a little hard to believe. Not that I don't believe there aren't great kids out there, but at least one moment of bad temper from this kid would have made him more realistic. After all, he's only human, and a child to boot. I would have had a hard time accepting leaving my home at eight years old to live in a crummy apartment and away from my grandparents and all my friends. But that's minor complaint.

To sum it up, this was a good book for illustrating the pain domestic abuse and alcoholism wrecks on entire families, and an inspiration to women to get out of those situations. As a romance, it was a bit weak, so if you want your standard romance novel, this is not it. However, this was still a good read, and I do recommend it.
Gann
This book is far above the normal story that tells of abuse. It considers not only the actions but also the causes and it tells it well. To me it is written much better than the usual romance paperback because both the primary and secondary characters grow and learn from the mistakes of the past. This is one book I will not pass on but keep in my own library.
Malodora
I haven't listened to the audio tape version so this review is based on reading the actual novel.

This story is a heartwarming tale of a woman desperate to leave an abusive husband. She sets out for a new life with her young son, Joey. Catherine Lanigan writes the journey this young woman takes to get control of her life - a plight that is common for single parents. Susan Kidd (the heroine) gets back on her feet again by learning skills to join the workforce, finding a place to live and discovers a new love in her life. Slowly but surely, she is wooed by her boss, a caring man who loves both her and her son. Lanigan writes a happily-ever-after tale for a lady in need. A novel to bring a smile to your face.

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