When the Ordinary Doesn't Work . . .
After several years of marital futility, Sonia Buckner declares she's tired of faking it with her husband Trent. She demands that he listens to her so that he might learn about why she's in this rut. She lectures to him the woman's mind is the pathway to her experiencing pleasure with her husband, and she poses suggestions to him that might help.
Trent thinks he's listening to Sonia, but he finds out he's far from making any progress. She reminds him that she still has several unresolved issues with him stemming from earlier in their marriage. This leads to him being cast into the Dog House Inn.
Determined to leave the Dog House Inn, Trent considers what Sonia has been telling him all along. But newer challenges creep up. Both are tempted by looking elsewhere to soothe their frustration with each other.
Will these nuptials figure out a solution themselves? Will their love for each other prevail? Or will budding interests outside their marriage lure them away for good?
"N. Wood Lane gives . . . a glimpse inside what every marriage will face: the dreaded seven-year itch." -- Pamela D. Rice, best-selling author of The Sunday Morning Wife
"A refreshingly fun read . . . with elements of spirituality, sensuality, and in-your-face reality." -- Jevon L. Mack, author of Love, Song & Dance
"N.Wood Lane is one of the strongest writers to break out onto the scene in a long time. From page one, you will be engaged. Filled with drama and strong dialogue, Do It to My Mind is unpredictable and satisfying. You will want to know what Sonia is up to." -- Darlene Johnson, national selling author of As We Lay.
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About the Author
Lane once aspired to live in Brazil and start a newspaper in Rio de Janiero. The closest Lane has ever visited the Southern Hemisphere destination point was by renting videos from Blockbuster featuring actress Sonia Braga. Lane’s affinity for Brazil also includes rooting for the country during soccer’s World Cup and its music—but to this day still does not know Portuguese.
Back in the mid-1990s, Lane’s curiosity for writing a novel was piqued after reading Connie Briscoe’s Sisters and Lovers and Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale. That aspiration never became a reality until Lane was well past age 40.
These days, Lane considers writing a way of remaining mentally engaged since attaining AARP membership eligibility. Lane currently resides in South Carolina and has been in the insurance industry since 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A real-life depiction of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Sonia Buckner knows what she wants. Her husband Trent Buckner knows what he wants. But neither are willing to listen to each other. And neither are willing to let go of past indiscretions and other things to come. Add spirituality, sensuality, and a twist of infidelity, this makes for an entertaining plot that author N. Wood Lane crafts in Do It to My Mind.
This book gives the reader a realistic view of the problems that are faced in marriages that are affected by perceived infidelity, and the resentment and distrust that comes with it. Trent and Sonia Buckner seem to have the perfect marriage to everyone looking in from the outside. But, things are never as they seem. Sonia is angry at Trent for an incident that happened in the past, and she has allowed that anger to fuel her life, and unfortunately, that anger spills over into the bedroom. She feels that Trent is not satisfying her sexually, and she makes no bones about telling him how she feels- constantly. The tension is high in the home, and they both think that they can find fulfillment in others, but that only causes the problems to escalate. In the end, they both have to decide if they want each other, and if remaining together will ever be enough to satisfy them.
So often we read books with lots of profanity and sexual connotations but Do It To My Mind was tastefully written. At the core of the book is a topic that not many women openly discuss. Sometimes we cry out for help but most often we mask our pain. In this book, Sonia did both. The author created a broad view of Sonia and Trent's life just like most of us experience. Family, work, church, friends, disappointments, love, betrayal...etc. The author connected the dots and portrayed a realistic story that keeps you emotionally engaged. I like the author's style and would read other books by him.
Trent and Sonia Buckner are the average American couple working hard at managing their life. They try to balance careers and home life but early on they face the challenge of managing their marriage. In “Do It to My Mind,” readers walk into the intimacy of their bedroom and find out firsthand the struggle the couple faces. This trouble filters into other areas of their lives and both become vulnerable to outside forces. N. Wood Lane used third person omniscient to convey Trent and Sonia’s story. This POV was awkward because in the beginning we were introduced to Trent and Sonia, and after reading the back cover, one would assume the novel would concentrate on the couple and their issues. This was only partly the case. A lot of the book focused on other characters. By using third person omniscient it allowed readers into their minds as well. This was distracting and caused the pace to become sluggish. It was obvious that Lane wanted to avoid using profanity. There is nothing wrong with that. However it was extremely obvious. Lane also wanted to portray a couple that had a Christian background so there were prayers and scriptures and church lingo inserted in conversations, but it was as if it was done with an air of evasiveness. It seemed the author didn’t want to come off as a religious fanatic, but the way this was written was apparent that the author didn’t want to come off that way. When an author uses a moral code as a writing compass, it is difficult to pull off the flow of certain conversations between characters. It has been done before and done very well. This was not a good example of that writing style. Some of the conversations weren’t seamless enough. The cover was tastefully done and invited readers to open up and read. There were a few typos and sentence structure issues but nothing that would hinder the read. The structure of the story needed to be constricted a bit. Lane focused on too many characters that didn’t really add anything to the story. I would read another book by this author because it is obvious that the talent is there and I also appreciated the fact that the author addressed an important topic that should resonate with many married couples. Reviewed by: Trenika