Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance

Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance

by Roni Beth Tower


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Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance by Roni Beth Tower

2017 Gold Medal IPPY Award in Autobiography/Memoir

They first meet in Paris in the spring of 1996. David is a divorced American attorney living on a converted barge moored on the banks of the Seine; Roni Beth is an empty-nested clinical and research psychologist working from her home in Connecticut. Now in their fifties, both have signed off on loving again—until they meet each other.

Miracle at Midlife tells the inspiring story of Roni Beth and David’s intense and transformative transatlantic courtship. Along the way, David the loner, living amid the beauty, freedom, and pleasures of Paris, brings Roni Beth, a responsible and overextended professional haunted by earlier loss and trauma, back to her core as a woman, while she helps him reclaim connections that tie him to a larger world. They wrestle internal demons (mostly hers) and external threats (friends, family and different perspectives) as they share adventures in their respective worlds. Throughout their journey, stories of courage, joy and integrity bring hope and delight to those who wonder how romantic love appears and evolves; inspiration to people in mid-life who, knowingly or unknowingly, have completed a chapter in their lives and are ready to move on; and comfort to anyone who longs to wrestle and conquer the demons of fear, born of history or of the unknown, and win. Testimony that love is real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631521232
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,209,892
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roni Beth Tower grew up in Akron, Ohio, majored in religion at Barnard College, and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yale University. Later in life she taught clinical psychology to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a psychologist, she published seventeen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, six book chapters, three entries in Blackwell’s The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology, work for hire in three books edited by Mark Levine and Stephen Pollan, and one book review; presented her work at national and international professional conferences; was President of American Association for the Study of Mental Imagery and on the boards of Connecticut Psychological Association and Yale Alumni Fund. Miracles at Midlife is her first memoir. She and her husband live in Tarrytown, New York, within easy visiting distance of their six grandchildren. She loves yoga, dance, quilting, and bringing comfort and joy to people.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Destiny Delivered to the Doorstep 3

Chapter 1 Arrival 5

Chapter 2 Encounter 16

Chapter 3 Learning More 32

Chapter 4 What Now? 48

Chapter 5 Courtship 69

Part II Getting to Know You: Who Is This Man? 77

Chapter 6 Home Again 79

Chapter 7 Rethinking 94

Chapter 8 August in (North) America 100

Chapter 9 Culture Clash 110

Chapter 10 Negotiating Differences 125

Part III Family, Friends, and More Friends 131

Chapter 11 Our Connected World Expands 133

Chapter 12 Growing Inside and Out 148

Part IV Expansion of Self and Other 165

Chapter 13 Celebration 167

Chapter 14 Ambivalence 176

Chapter 15 Playtime for My Inner Child 192

Part V Decisions 201

Chapter 16 Invitation 203

Chapter 17 Responsibility 220

Chapter 18 Transitions and Possibilities 234

Part VI Squirrels Crossing Utility Wires 245

Chapter 19 Formalities 247

Chapter 20 Saying Goodbye 258

Chapter 21 Closing Doors 267

Chapter 22 A Hug Worth Waiting For 272

Postscript 278

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Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ericb26 More than 1 year ago
Roni Beth Tower's account her mid-life romance with David is a sparkling, psychologically insightful account of the miracle at midlife. In her early fifties, with grown children, a strong professional life as a psychotherapist and researcher, and a history of loss, Tower decides it's time to keep a vow she made years earlier, after a summer of growth and enchantment in Paris--a vow to return one day. While there for a three-day weekend, she calls David, an American ex-pat, who had lived in Paris for twenty-five years practicing international law. The friend who gave her David's name said he could give her tips about what to do in Paris. Some people think what happened that weekend in Paris can only happen in books. A weekend during which she meets and starts to fall in love with a bachelor whose home is a converted barge on the Seine? A weekend frisson that doesn't end in disappointment and/or hurt? A weekend that grows into romance and marriage that thrive to this day? Although we know the end of the story, we read the book for the journey. That's why we re-read novels, too, isn't it? Always the psychotherapist, Tower provides a case study filled with insight into interpersonal attractions and differences, into growth and self-awareness. A "case study" with no dull "it was realized that" science babble. We engage directly in Tower's struggles and thrills while enjoying her delightfully evocative descriptions. Her ability to give us people, especially David, and scenes, such as her experience of a wall of twinkling lights on the opposite bank of the Seine, bring aesthetic pleasure to the read.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Miracle At Midlife is the memoir of a woman finding her true love in Paris! Roni Beth is a single, empty-nester who works as a clinical and research psychologist when a trip in 1996 to Paris puts her in the path of a handsome man named David, who is a divorced American man living in Paris, living on a converted barge on the Seine. This is their story on how they were able to overcome a long-distance relationship to finally having one of them making that move to overseas to further their relationship in a ending that was made for soul mates! This was a good memoir that makes you think about how one person that you meet on the street could become your soul mate, it's truly the perfect love story. You could feel the emotions from Roni Beth from the time she meet David to where their future was headed. This book goes to prove that you have to take that leap of faith in order to find true love!! Thank You to Roni Beth Tower for sharing your love story with the world!! I received this book from the BookSparks : The Magic Of Memoir Blog Tour in exchange for a honest review.
TSNYC More than 1 year ago
Miracle at Midlife by Roni Beth Tower is a thoughtful, candid, and delightful memoir. In it, Tower fearlessly describes her own personal struggles and ultimate triumph with regard to finding a deep and lasting love relationship. Readers will find themselves feeling transported in time and across the Atlantic, savoring the delights of Paris and the joy of finding true love.