Once and Future Wife

Once and Future Wife

by David Burnett


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Jennie Bateman has fallen in love again with Thomas, her former husband, but Tasha, his daughter, is determined to destroy their relationship.

Jennie destroyed their first marriage two decades earlier when, in the midst of a manic episode, she abandoned Thomas, choosing, instead, a life of shameless debauchery. Now, they have rekindled their love, but Tasha, Thomas's daughter, is determined to block any plans for a second wedding.

After all, Tasha declares, Jennie's medicine won't work forever, and another manic episode surely lies in her future. When it erupts, it will ruin Thomas's life a second time.

Shamed by Tasha and hoping to prove she is cured, Jennie ponders tossing her medication, but. she fears Tasha is correct − she will fail the test, and the demons of her disorder will rush back in.

In Once and Future Wife, we follow Jennie as she goes a second round with her demons as they conspire to thwart her chance for a second marriage and to steal the love and happiness that seem to be within her grasp.

A stand alone sequel to Those Children Are Ours, Once and Future Wife picks up four years after the first book ends. Each can be read and enjoyed alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532724381
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2016
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 1,112,772
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

CHRIS SALEWICZ has been writing on popular culture for more than 20 years. He wrote Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom. Salewicz edited the booklet contained in the 4-CD box set Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music, and co-wrote the script for the 1999 movie Third World Cop, which broke Jamaican box office records.

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Once and Future Wife 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
**SPOILER FREE** With not having read the first book in this series, I will now have to back track. So I would strongly recommend that you read them in order even though you can read this as a stand alone. This book was hard to put down. It hit close to home and felt as real as real could get. What happens behind the cover of this book is ... is... there are just really no words to describe how amazing this book is! Please pick yourself up a copy of it! *received for an honest review*
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I have another awesome romance book recommendation for you. As you know by now I am addicted to romance books and read 2-3 a week. I mean when I get the chance to relax and read it is my me time and helps me wind down after a long day of taking care of 6 kids lol. So back to the book it's called Once and Future Wife. It drew me in by the first chapter. I didn't read the first book in the series but I felt I didn't lose anything by not reading it because this one kind of recaps what happened. This isn't your typical romance book though, it deals with mental illness called bipolar and the struggles dealing with it and how it can tear a family apart. This was such a emotional book! My synopsis of the book: Jennie is a mom who went years without being diagnosed with a mental illness. Her illness made her run from her husband and two young daughters who she loved so much. Me being a Psychology major I was a little more critical and was diagnosing her throughout the book. Bipolar disorder is a horrible disease that torments its victims and David did a really good job accurately displaying this disease in Jennie. I was surprised! I fell in love with Jennie and I wanted to help her throughout the story. She had a tough life but she loved her family more than anything else. Thomas suffered a lot when Jennie left him with two young daughters years earlier without a reason why. It took him years to get over her, well move on from her. Then to have tragedy strike again and take his current wife. I felt his pain and suffering. Left with 4 grown daughters and a newborn he had to believe in love, fate and learn to forgive. Jennie and Thomas have a roller coaster love story but it is one you don't want to miss. I love how true love and communication conquers all. Such a emotional book but I loved it! I definitely recommend it! Get it today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more!
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
Ever since reading THOSE CHILDREN ARE OURS, I've found myself wondering what happened to everyone, so I was thrilled when I learned about this sequel. This book begins four years after the first one ended, and we find Thomas suffering yet another loss in his life. Jennie, who has made major strides in getting her life together over the last four years, is there for her daughters as well as Emma's...and does her best to be a friend to Thomas. Three of the girls encourage her to explore being more than just his friend, but Emma's daughter Tasha is not a fan of that idea. Jennie takes some of Tasha's remarks to heart and stops taking her bipolar medications, trying to prove she is a strong enough person to deal with her issues without it. What happens after that is a true rollercoaster ride. This is the third book I've read by this author, and I am a huge fan. Not only is his writing style one which draws you into the story and makes the characters feel familiar, but the main characters tend to be mature adults who are more relatable to me than the twenty-somethings of many books these days. I have to say that Jennie proves to be, in my estimation, a very strong female character. Yes, she has flaws and she makes mistakes, but she owns up to each and every one of them and does her best to make amends. I think she will be a fabulous role model for all of their daughters. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
LuAnnBraley More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to read a book with a main character who had a mental illness. Having had depression for a long time myself, and feeling someone 'judged' on occasion. There is such a stigma against those with mental illnesses, which is both unfair and unfortunate. But it is what it is, as the saying goes. Once and Future Wife was an emotional read anyway. At the beginning of the book, Jennie's ex-husband's second wife has been killed trying to save a child in her classroom from an abusive father. Doctors did manage to save her then prematurely born child. Most of the people in the family seem rather extraordinary to me and stand as testimonies to the power of forgiveness. Except for Tasha, at least at the beginning. She assumes Jennie is trying to get back into Thomas's life and lets Jennie know, in no uncertain terms, that she will have none of it. Tasha taunts Jennie into stopping her medications for the bipolar disorder, with predictably bad results. The scene at the bar is incredibly powerful and gave me the shivers. I'm going to reveal, I suppose it would have to be called a prejudice of mine, and was surprised when I found out the writer of Once and Future Wife was a man. This story has Lifetime Movie/chick flick written all over it. The story has incredible sensitivity. I was reading through tears in the last couple of chapters...it was that good. Once I read the 'pre-quel' "Those Children are Ours", I will keep my eye open for new books by Mr. Burnett. And I heartily recommend other readers to the same. (Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Will you give love a second chance? Thomas and Jennie's first marriage failed from the first book This Children Are Ours. Their second romance started in a very tragic way. They say that if you are meant for each other, fate will always find a way. What I love about this story is the willing to forget and forgive. It is a very powerful message that sometimes especially man is not easy thing to do. There are many laugh out loud moments while reading this book. There is so much love about blended families. The love that this family has is remarkable. Jennie's second chance of romance is not easy. She was tempt to go back to her old ways and had a reality check before it gets worst. She is willing to let go again for the second time. Great thing her heart leads her on the right track to fight for her feelings and girls this time. I love reading this book. Once you started it, honestly it is hard to put it down until the last page. If you love reading books about family especially blended family with single parents, then book I highly recommend it for you. Mr. David Burnett never stop to amazes me with his writing. He did a fantastic job. Disclosure: I received the paperback copy of the book in exchange of my honest review.
MyLifeAsMummy More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book, 'Those Children Are Ours' I couldn't wait to read this installment. I love a good love story as well as the next person and I had always hoped that Jennie and Thomas would find a way to rekindle their love. I just didn't want Thomas's wife Emma to die for it to happen. In my eyes, Jennie had made amends for walking out on her children in the first book and she deserved to be happy again. When Jennie started going down the bad route of stopping her medication, I was screaming in my head for her not to do it. I know what it's like to suddenly stop taking medication like she was on and it rarely ends well. Jennie does spiral out of control and it's heartbreaking to read, even more so that she tries to convince herself that she is ok, when quite clearly she isn't. I won't spoil the ending as I fear I have spoiled too much already, but the ending did make me cry. Cry with happiness or sadness? That you will have to find out by reading the book. Overall I absolutely loved this book. David Burnett is an excellent writer and he keeps you hooked from the first page. I would love for David Burnett to turn this into a trilogy to share with us all what happens in Jennie's future. *Note* I received a copy of the book for the purpose of the review. All opinions remain my own.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Although this can be read as a standalone, I had the opportunity to read the first book last year. Any parent who has gone through or is currently going through a divorce, separation, etc. (especially if mental illnesses are involved) should grab a copy. We all make choices at different stages in our lives that have the potential to affect how the rest of our life plays out. Jennie returns and strives to prove to her former husband and family that she has changed. In her mind, a potential, good future is right in front of them; however, Thomas's daughter discovers that medication is what is keeping Jennie "sane". I can't say that I don't blame her for feeling as strongly as she does. Her father has always been there and she witnessed Jennie tearing him apart. Now, as an adult, she assumes responsibility for protecting him as well as his newborn daughter. I understand the resentment, anger and feelings brought on by fear of the unknown. In their shoes, I believe I'd feel the same way as Tasha. There is only so much a person can take and when we see our loved ones taking more than they should, we want to do whatever it takes to protect them. I've dealt with mental illness on the receiving end from a child to a parent perspective as well as a husband/wife situation. Until you're wearing those shoes, your natural response (whether emotional or logical) is indeterminable. Both books are a good lesson in an ongoing, long-term situation involving family, kids, mental illness and what it means to truly forgive. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I had read Those Children Are Ours and really liked it. The premise of the story is that mom has mental illness that is not properly cared for and she abandons her family – her husband and two girls. After several years, she’s back on the scene a changed woman. Moving forward into Once and Future Wife Thomas’s life is turned upside down again with the death of his wife and instead of being left with two girls, this time he has five girls. Needing help – and a friend – he turns to Jennie; the woman who abandoned him and his daughters the first time. As a wife and mother who has mental illness, there were parts of the book that really hit home with me. The hate that Tasha had towards Jennie and the things that she would say; they cut straight to my heart. It is hard when others don’t understand what we go through. It’s hard for someone outside of our little world to understand the sickness that we deal with. It isn’t a choice. I felt that in a sense, I could be Jennie; walking through Jennie’s life and having the same thoughts Jennie had. I truly enjoyed both books and believe both books could be read alone, but are much better together. Those Children Are Ours gives us the background to Thomas and Jennie that comes before Once and Future Wife but Once and Future Wife is several years later. I highly recommend picking up both books!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Did you happen to read Those Children Are Ours-- It was such a touching book that I knew I had to read the sequel. You can read this as a stand alone-but you really want to read both of them. Jennie Bateman is bi-polar and this author hit it right on the head. I have a friend who first didn't take meds--then went off them. Trust me when I tell you--this medical condition is exactly as written-but in a very sensitive way. Jennie walked out on her children and husband 14 years ago and lets just say she was manic at the time and did things she is now not very proud of. She has managed to form a sort of relationship with her two daughters--and even with her ex's new wife. Then the unthinkable happens--and her ex is left with 4 children and 1 newborn. Jennie wants to help but is afraid because he hasn't spoken to her in a very long time--and the divorce was nasty. They do begin to talk again and form a relationship-but one of his daughters is bound and determined to keep Jennie out of their lives. What she does will anger you and she almost succeeds-- That's it folks-don't want to give up the story entirely!! This author knows how to get to your heart strings--the emotions his words invoke are unreal--you end up living any of the books he has written!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
While this is the second book in the series, each book can be read as a standalone. Those Children Are Ours, the first book, was wonderful. Once and Future Wife is even better. Jennie is still redeeming herself to her ex and her children but she is doing it. She is working hard to make a life for herself and be self sufficient. Her children are working on accepting her and making her more of her life and the ex is letting them. David Burnett has a way with telling the story. He writes with so much emotion and truth that I could not help but be pulled into the story. I was invested in Jennie and Thomas. Neither of them had an easy life and this book starts with Thomas losing his wife. How he deals with the loss and raising of his children is absolutely amazing. I love how he opens up his heart again, he learns to trust again, and he learns to love again. The ending is absolutely amazing. I did not see how it would end. I had my thoughts and hopes but I was sure that they were just mine. I was thrilled when some of my thoughts came through and surprised at some of the twists. The feelings, the reactions, and the story are all so real and true. I recommend reading Once and Future Wife. If you have not read Those Children Are Ours I recommend starting with that and then continuing with the rest. Yet, as I said earlier you can read this as a standalone. Once and Future Wife is a stand alone sequel to Those Children Are Ours. The first book does not have a cliff hanger of any kind at the end. Once and Future Wife picks up with Jennie four years later and can be read apart from the other book.
CinnamonHollow More than 1 year ago
I, personally, loved this book. I liked Jennie in "Those Children Are Ours". As the story went on I could understand how her illness could make her walk away while her mothering instinct made her still long for a relationship with her children. I could also understand how Thomas would fear having her in their daughters lives. The same goes with "Once and Future Wife". Thomas moved on and had a healthy, loving relationship with a wonderful woman. He lost her and was heartbroken. It makes sense that he would still not want Jennie around any of the daughters or the newborn. She almost destroyed their daughters childhood so he wouldn't want that for his new baby. But I can see how he would also see the changes she made in her life and start to see her as she was when he first fell in love with her years ago. I think this book tells the story of love, hurt, loss, forgiveness and re-connection very well. We see Jennie once again go on a roller-coaster of emotions as she falls in love again and battles Thomas' step-daughter to prove her sanity and love. We see Thomas cope with loss and rediscovery and we see 4 girls learn about mental illness and how it can affect those we love. This is a stand alone book but if you've not read "Those Children Are Ours" I do recommend reading it first so that you have a better idea of everything that took place before. It's easy to pick up the story but the backstory plays a great part in who these characters are. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Fourteen years ago Jennie left her husband and two daughters behind. After being diagnosed as manic, she worked hard to get her life back together. It has taken many years for the family she left behind to trust her enough to be back into their lives again. When things start going smoothly, Jennie secretly stops taking her medication. But, it doesn’t take long before things start going downhill, and Jennie fears she has lost all chance of a happily ever after. Jennie was a broken person. I enjoyed watching the love return to her life. It’s hard to imagine that type of sickness, and be powerless to help. I’m sure it’s even harder to overcome and control it. This author did an outstanding job of showing how this type of illness affects a person, and everyone around them.