Contentment: After Happily Ever

Overview

Tracy Sullivan seems to have it all, a handsome, devoted husband, three beautiful children, a steady career, and the perfect suburban home; but she isn't happy.

The petty resentments that have built over fifteen years of marriage surface when Tracy tells her husband, Sean, that she is no longer interested in sex, and their marriage threatens to implode.

For the sake of their children, Tracy and Sean agree to lead separate lives under the same ...

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Overview

Tracy Sullivan seems to have it all, a handsome, devoted husband, three beautiful children, a steady career, and the perfect suburban home; but she isn't happy.

The petty resentments that have built over fifteen years of marriage surface when Tracy tells her husband, Sean, that she is no longer interested in sex, and their marriage threatens to implode.

For the sake of their children, Tracy and Sean agree to lead separate lives under the same roof. With the help of a healthy dose of adult-rated fiction and some gentle prodding from a good friend, Tracy begins to rediscover who she is, what she wants, and the reasons she fell for Sean once upon a time.

After two years of soul-searching, Tracy is finally ready to embrace her happily ever after having learned that while happiness may be fleeting, contentment can last a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937389093
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,249,585
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Ethridge survived the tyranny of six older siblings and the rigors of twelve years of Catholic schools, so she can handle anything. A graduate of Illinois State University, Margaret migrated to Chicago where she tried on careers like shoes while attempting to figure out a way to make a living as a professional spinster. Then, she met a Southern man with a sexy drawl and big chocolate brown eyes and her career plan went down the tubes.

Now she lives in Arkansas with that same sweet-talking Southern gentleman. She is the not-so-wicked-step-mother to their two children, the adoring mistress of three spoiled dogs, the food purveyor to eleven hungry goldfish, and the comic foil for one rather impertinent house rabbit who thinks he rules the roost. She spends her days buying booze by the truckload, but at night she spins tales of love and lust.

Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Diamond State Romance Authors. When she isn't tapping away at her keyboard, Margaret engages in an epic battle against her never-ending laundry hampers, cajoles the flowers in her yard, sings into her hairbrush, and has been known to hold entire conversations speaking only in movie quotes.

Also by Margaret Ethridge

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The Feeling is Pari-Mutuel
'Be Mine' in Be Mine, Valentine Anthology
'Concourse Christmas' in Believe, Christmas Anthology

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Must Read

    Loved the story and cannot wait to read Commitment! Great book by a great author and am excited to keep reading more.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

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    Some laughter and some tears!

    Review by JoAnne: This was a novel that surprised me with its depth at times and other times at the shallowness of the two main characters, especially Tracy. It was a little confusing how the author kept going back and forth to their earlier life and then the present especially when Tracy would go back to the past in her thoughts in a present day chapter. Tracy didn't seem happy from the beginning of their relationship but she always acquiesced and did what she thought others wanted her to do. When she finally had enough of losing who she was as a person (or so she thought) she lost it and made everyone's life around her miserable until she came to her senses towards the end of the book. She didn't want Sean anymore but wasn't willing to give him up by divorcing him either. What others would have thought was a good life with a loving husband, 3 good kids, family, friends, a nice house, a job she sometimes loved became a ball and chain to Tracy and never seemed to be enough especially when she thought of all the lists and plans she made over the years that went unfulfilled or didn't match her original timetable. How Sean put up with it as long as he did surprised me no end but at times it seemed his love for Tracy made him weak where it should have made him strong loving her as much as he did. It shook her up when she met Sean and Tom's dad at her mother in law's wake and found out the reason he left her and his kids all those years before. Her friend Maggie gave her an earful and also got Tracy to see her life differently than she was picturing it after Maggie heard how she was treating Sean. All in all this was an enjoyable read. It kept my attention through many twists and turns - some expected and others not. There was also laughter and some tears. I like the way the book ended but would have liked a few more chapters to see if Tracy and Sean could really get back the love that was buried so deeply by both of them. I haven't read books by this author before and would be interested in reading others.

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