The Seduction of Monet Dawson: Confessions of a Military Wifeby E. Clay, Martin Pope
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Monet Dawson is an everyday woman leading a typical life as a military spouse just outside Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Like some military spouses, Monet often sees herself as a mere extension of her husband, putting her life on hold to further his career. Years of sacrifice and compromise has created an existential crisis which she finds increasingly unbearable.
One day, Monet encounters a gentleman with a unique skill set who causes her to question everything she knows about love and happiness. Will she dismiss the only love she has ever known for a fantasy, or will she remain true to her principles and values and resist a fire storm of temptation?
(Based on a true story)
Contains moderate implications of sexual activity.
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I was wrapped up in the book from page one; I was never bored reading it! Poor Clay; he really did date a wack job! I was pleasantly surprised that this was from a man's perspective. The book was different from anything I'd ever read before, I could feel the love between the two of them. It took me on an emotional roller coaster ride, which I enjoyed all the way. I laughed, I cried, I even got angry at Monet sometimes! I never could have predicted the ending! Since the author says it's based on a true story, whoever Monet is, she is one lucky woman! I hope he writes another book about them!
I was a military wife for a few years, and understand a bit of what E. Clay describes in the book. At first I thought the book was written by a woman, but later on in the book I learn that it wasn't the case at all. Which took me by surprise since the title gives off a different impression to what is inside the book. The descriptive words and events really made me feel like I was right there beside all the characters. It was a complete roller coaster of emotions and feelings, that took me up and down throughout the whole book. What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that it was based off true events that happened. I was completely taken by surprise when I finally realized this was written by a man, and not the military wife herself. I found myself sympathizing with Monet since she's a military wife, and I know from first hand events that this is a very hard position to be in. But in the other sense I feel horrible for her husband, who has to deal with a wife who isn't always being a honest a true wife to him when he needs a rock and support system. With everything that's going on in the author's life you are really attached to all the characters. I always feel like I connect with each of the characters in the books I read, and this one was no exception. Besides for the very few spelling and grammar issues, I thought this book was pretty well written.
The Seduction of Monet Dawson: Confessions of a Military Wife, by E. Clay, is told from the point of a view of a man named Clay. Clay is in the military, and has recently gotten divorced but has taken up with a woman named Kay who is not good for him. Clay later meets Monet Dawson, and to him she is perfect, but Monet is married. Clay's character is easy to be pulled into. I found myself feeling excited when he was, scared when he should be, sad when things weren't going his way, etc. Clay is an easily likable character, even when his choices are not great ones. This is a story that took a turn that I did not expect after reading the back cover, and it was a turn for the better. My biggest complaint to this book is that the characters seem to lack a little bit of substance. There is not a whole lot of back story to them, and it leaves the audience a little curious about where they each came from and why they are where they are now. Clay is the most detailed character since the author explains he is recently divorced, in a messy relationship, etc, but there is still substance lacking. There were also a few editing mistakes, but not enough to take away from the story. That being said, the characters are all still likable. The story line turned out better than I expected it to be, and this made up for anything negative withing the book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good, short read. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Wow, The Seduction of Monet Dawson – Confessions of a Military Wife by E. Clay was a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings. This book truths are so expertly woven into the novel that you cannot tell what is truth versus what is fiction. Clay puts out his life’s story in a way that makes you want to keep reading. When he introduces you to Monet you sympathize with her being an army wife; but you also feel slightly torn that she is overall cheating on her husband. Technically she is still married. Clay has a great talent at telling a story at times as the reader I forgot that I was reading, it was like a movie of words so to say. The personal touch drew me in to the story line. The pictures of the actual characters in this novel were a nice touch. Usually writers let the reader envision characters via imagination. Clay put a spin on this story by including all the details of his life. It was quite refreshing getting a male’s perspective on relationships in the military life. The Seduction of Monet Dawson is quite riveting and a fast read.
The Seduction of Monet Dawson is a true account of author E. Clay’s life as a soldier and hypnotist and his love for married military wife Monet Dawson. Already the accomplished author of Mogadishu Diaries 1992-1992: Bloodlines, Mr. Clay is very open about his life as a young military man who is trying to make ends meet and then finds success as a very talented hypnotist. Never a big believer in hypnotism, I found it very interesting to read the accounts of his experiences. The book opens with a 911 call and then takes the reader back to see how that event transpired. The event itself is gruesome to say the least but it’s also how Monet came into his life. Although the love story with Monet seems to be what the author sees as being the main story of the book, I found it just to be an off-shoot. This book is about E. Clay and his struggles and how things come full circle. Throughout the book there are photos and documents that add to the story. I enjoyed the book and found the story interesting. It didn’t grip me but the writing is quite good. I’d like to read more about his experiences with hypnotism and maybe that will become a future book.
With the title “The Seduction of Monet Dawson: Confessions of a Military Wife”, I figured I had a pretty good idea of what the book was about. However, the title does not describe the book in any way. There is a character with that name and she is a military wife, but I seem to have missed the seduction part as well as any confessions (I thought maybe having an affair would be the confession, but Monet asked for a divorce prior to starting the relationship). The main character is male and the story is written in a biographical style with actual redacted documentation to protect the real names of the individuals. It was really off-putting to have actual documents, such as the hospital record to prove the injuries the main character claimed were inflicted by his girlfriend. The book felt like someone attempting to present their case in court as opposed to telling a good story and it made it really hard to develop a sense of empathy for the characters. The story did get interesting when the aspect of hypnosis was introduced. I wish this theme had been the focus because it appears that the main character has helped a lot of people with his talent. The newspaper articles about hypnotism in the military were interesting and that topic would make a great book. I think the author’s style would be much more suited to the historical military genre, but this is definitely not a romance as the title might suggest. Overall, it was just not my cup of tea.