Office in Back: Falling in love is the easy part. Negotiating the living is the hard part.

Office in Back: Falling in love is the easy part. Negotiating the living is the hard part.

by Linda L. Harley


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It is a novel about a troubled married couple, C.J. and Leeta, who live in small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. They fell in love for all the right reasons, but the “living” got in the way of their loving. The story is driven by C.J. and his inner thoughts. The reader joins the couple in their journey as they commit to marriage therapy in their challenge to revitalize and heal their marriage to keep their well-intended oath to each other, “Till death do us part.” If the couple has the “energy of the heart,” the primary ingredient needed to work through any troubled relationship, marriage counseling will be successful, thereby keeping the marriage in the couple’s hands instead of a lawyer’s.

From the book:

It’s hell fighting like this! I won’t do this anymore! What’s happened to us? You’re not the man I married. We hardly speak anymore, much less do anything together.”

C.J. faces the harsh reality he could become a two-time divorcé. He chalked up his first marriage as a mistake and simply let Cullen walk away without a thought to reconcile, despite telling her on their wedding day, “This was the best decision of my life.” Yet, the words he is hearing from his second wife, Leeta, are hauntingly familiar. But what if his first marriage wasn’t a mistake? What if he has just made the same wrong steps in both marriages? How does he save his second marriage from the same fate as his first?

C.J. had vowed to Leeta, “Till death do us part” and meant it. However, C.J. fears that at the rate they are going, their death and parting might not be due to old age but due to their own rage.

One morning after another raucous fight with Leeta, C.J. is jogging down familiar streets, wondering, What exactly went wrong between Leeta and me? In the midst of his ruminations, a sign he had never noticed before catches his attention:

Jane H. Levy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Office In Back.

Surprised at his own actions, C.J. finds himself standing in the waiting room confessing to Ms. Levy that he hasn’t been happy in his marriage for a long time. Too many fights that go on into the wee hours of the morning . . . and frequently he can’t even remember what started the fight in the first place.

Leeta skeptically agrees to join C.J. in counseling. And thus begins C.J.’s journey, as he desperately struggles not to have another failed marriage to a woman he loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945714184
Publisher: Grateful Steps Foundation
Publication date: 07/09/2018
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Linda Harley is a NC Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and NC Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and an American Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, bringing over thirty years of experience to individuals, couples, and families/step families.

Table of Contents



Prologue The Fight

Chapter One The Morning Jog

Chapter Two Office in Back

Chapter Three International Commercial Insulations

Chapter Four Tuesday at Four

Chapter Five Why Did We Marry?

Chapter Six Uncensored, Plainspoken Kate

Chapter Seven Living Issues

Chapter Eight Outdoorsman Robert

Chapter Nine Loud, Mean, Arguments

Chapter Ten Tenacious Kate

Chapter Eleven Both do the Dance

Chapter Twelve Decorating for Christmas

Chapter Thirteen Snow Day

Chapter Fourteen When’s My Time?

Chapter Fifteen A Second Chance to Get It Right

Chapter Sixteen A Different Leg of Our Journey

Chapter Seventeen Robert’s Deliberation

Chapter Eighteen Why Don’t You Trust Me?

Chapter Nineteen Cracks in My Pillar

Chapter Twenty I Know I Have Your Love

Chapter Twenty-One New Beginnings


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Office in Back: Falling in love is the easy part. Negotiating the living is the hard part. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While on a trip, I read the book, "Office in Back" I found it to be an enjoyable read as well as a good source of information. I liked the easy style, the flow of the writing, the small town setting, and the interjection of occasional humor. Overall, the book is a good introduction and overview for readers wondering what happens in couples' therapy. The struggles and stresses of the characters felt authentic, like problems experienced by ordinary people you cross paths with. The author provided information to educate readers about the process of couples' therapy, and the book takes the reader through steps these particular characters took on their healing journey. - M. Garrison
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OFFICE IN BACK is a very enjoyable read. The fictional characters are well developed and their problems, realistic. Based on Linda Harley's background as a licensed therapist and couples counselor, the book is informative and shows how couples can work through their problems and differences with the help of an experienced therapist. I would definitely recommend the OFFICE IN BACK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read that gives a realistic picture of a couples' relationship and the rewards of seeking marriage counseling. I wholeheartedly recommend it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great relationship book. Makes you realize that all couples have issues and most can be worked through with some guidance and willingness to work on the relationship. This book looks at the relationship from both sides. Is also very easy to read and a bit entertaining. Really enjoyed this book. Hope B&N gets this back in stock soon. Wanted to order some as Christmas gifts.