Love Changes

Love Changes

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by Marsha Casper Cook
     
 

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Elaine Lewis seemed to have the ideal life, with great friends and a busy social calendar. Most importantly, she had the perfect husband in Martin, a physician who loved her more than she could ever love herself. She was the envy of all her friends.

But what they didn't know was that Elaine was hiding a painful secret from her past. The birth of Martin and

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Elaine Lewis seemed to have the ideal life, with great friends and a busy social calendar. Most importantly, she had the perfect husband in Martin, a physician who loved her more than she could ever love herself. She was the envy of all her friends.

But what they didn't know was that Elaine was hiding a painful secret from her past. The birth of Martin and Elaine's son, Stevie, forces Elaine to recall her past, and she refuses to find room for him in her heart.

Stevie's birth drives a wedge between the once-happily married couple, throwing Elaine into a downward spiral of gambling, adultery and denial. Eventually she must face her past in order to try saving her future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595232314
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/12/2002
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Marsha Casper Cook is the author of six published books and 11 feature-length screenplays. Her published works include “Love Changes,” a romantic novel about a family in crisis, and “Sala, More Than a Survivor,” a non-fiction biography about surviving the Holocaust. She has also written three books for young children, including the short stories “Snack Attack” and “The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion” and the poetry collection “The Busy Bus.” She has also published a book version of her romantic-comedy screenplay, “It’s Never Too Late.”

Wanting to help new writers reach their goals, Marsha founded the literary agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996, and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years.
Since early 2010, Marsha has hosted radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. She recently has joined with Host V.S, Grenier as the other half of World Of Ink Network Blog Talk Radio. Her show "A Good Story Is A Good Story" is about writing. She also does a weekly show with V.S. Grenier and J.D. Holiday “WHAT IS SUCCESS?”

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Love Changes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BPerlin More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed me instantly. The writing was so natural that I fell into the story from the first pages. The story line captured my attention and the chapters drew me in at the same time it touched me on a very emotional level. The raw heart wrenching emotions shared really grabbed my attention and made me really think about the circumstances that Elaine, the main character faced. She would have been a character that was easy to dislike but I couldn't help feeling for her and at the same time moved over the decision she made that would change her life.  I was not only intrigued but curious where this would. The writing is ever so smooth, clear and precise. It was easy to fall into the ebb and flow of Love Changes. "According to you it was harmless, but let me tell you, and I speak from experience. Josh Derman has been in one too many beds, including mine. He's quite a charmer, and that's all I'll say for now. Please be careful."
GabinaFS More than 1 year ago
Love Changes by Marsha Casper Cook Marriages have a way of outlasting themselves. Sometimes we don't even see the signs not until it is too late. Martin Lewis is trying his best to understand his wife Elaine's erratic mood swings. Honored at a dinner for the disabled, his wife and his mother both proud, but in two different ways. A man who is selfless, a doctor who is rare and rarely cares about his patients, does not see the warning signs in front of him as his marriage is about to smolder into ashes due to the secrets and lies his wife has hidden from him for years. Spending his life as a doctor and delivering children into this world, just imagine how he would feel if he found out his child was given away. Enter into the world of gambling, adultery, abortion, mental illness and the disabled. Elaine appears to us as a selfish, unfeeling woman who enjoys the life of a rich socialite and doctor's wife. Martin Lewis deliberately ignores her faults, her coldness and mood swings in order to keep his marriage solvent. Elaine Lewis has placed a veil of secrecy around her in order to hide the truths about her past. Will they be able to survive? What truths will be revealed in this heartfelt novel by outstanding author Marsha Casper Cook who brings to light so many issues that people face today but never really fully address. Elaine Lewis appears on the outside to be a cold, unfeeling and distant woman. That is all a façade. Beneath the surface you will find a woman who is deeply troubled, hiding from her own pain and remembering a choice that she made that changed the course of her life, Martin's and an innocent child. Elaine Lewis made the choice to give away her young son, Steven. Steven was born with a disability, an imperfection that she could not stand for and would not allow into her life. Steven was born with Down syndrome and would need the love, understanding and caring of parents who would learn and want to address his needs. She was not that giving and she convinced Martin to give her child to someone she never met. Haunted by the images and dreams of her sister Megan who died in a freak accident, Elaine's emotional scars and guilt from that day on have tortured her waking hours and left her cold and afraid to love any other child. Facing her fears, running away from her life and finally coming to a stark realization after almost losing her life, Elaine decides it is time to get some help but at what cost. Finding her diary and reading the entries, Martin learns the hidden secret about how Elaine really feels about their son Stevie and why she feels like a failure. With the help of her close friend Sally, Maggie and even Josh a man she formed a relationship with, Elaine might just find her way back but not before Dr. Ben Caulfield of the facility she is in forces her to face past in a very unique and brave manner. Three great doctors, her husband, her psychiatrist and her gynecologist, all-working toward the same end to save this troubled and tortured woman from herself. But, could they and the events that do follow are startling. A man who has devoted his life to his wife and yet questions his own actions and blames himself for not being able to help his wife and understand her problems. A woman who closed herself off when her son was born but in her heart and soul she loves him. There are many children born with disabilities today both physically and learning that hamper their learning. As a reading and
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elaine Lewis is one of those main characters who is more antagonist than protagonist. From the very beginning of the book I hated her, but I so wanted to like her. While her husband Martin is her polar opposite, he was so likable that he almost deserved what Elaine gives him. And it is not in spite of these qualities, but exactly because of them that I truly enjoyed reading Marsha Cook's latest published work. Love Changes asks a particularly difficult question, fortunately, most of us never have to face. The question of how we handle ourselves when our imagination of a perfect life and the reality of that life collide. For Elaine the collision occurred because her past, one she suppressed and hid, came back to haunt her in the form of her first born son. I would recommend Love Changes for your vacation or entertainment reading lists. Marsha Cook doesn't preach a message, or try and tear your heart out, while Love Changes does evoke an emotional response it is one that I, as a reader, gladly accepted. Love Changes is an pleasant read, I give it a solid A.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elaine Lewis is one of those main characters who is more antagonist than protagonist. From the very beginning of the book I hated her, but I so wanted to like her. While her husband Martin is her polar opposite, he was so likable that he almost deserved what Elaine gives him. And it is not in spite of these qualities, but exactly because of them that I truly enjoyed reading Marsha Cook¿s latest published work.

Love Changes asks a particularly difficult question, fortunately, most of us never have to face. The question of how we handle ourselves when our imagination of a perfect life and the reality of that life collide. For Elaine the collision occurred because her past, one she suppressed and hid, came back to haunt her in the form of her first born son.

I would recommend Love Changes for your vacation or entertainment reading lists. Marsha Cook doesn¿t preach a message, or try and tear your heart out, while Love Changes does evoke an emotional response it is one that I, as a reader, gladly accepted. Love Changes is an pleasant read, I give it a solid A.