Change can make you come undone...Abby's well-ordered life is falling apart. Her son’s behaviour is worrying, her aging parents are deteriorating, and her husband loses his job. He finds a new position that compels them to move hundreds of miles away, where Abby is plagued by guilt and loneliness. When she discovers a group of women facing similar challenges, together they seek a way out of their unhappiness. A story of midlife reinvention, letting go to embrace the present, and the importance of friends.
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About the Author
Sylvia May writes women’s fiction with characters who approach life with pluck, determination, and sometimes foolhardiness. Her first novel, The Unraveling of Abby Settel, received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Reader Views Literary Awards. Sylvia is also a musician, artist, and photographer. She believes tapping into our creativity fulfils us in a way nothing else can. Dutch by birth, she is a Canadian who currently resides in Bermuda, where some of her favorite activities include scuba diving and riding her scooter. She lives with her most staunch supporter, her husband, and has three grown children and one precious grandchild. As New York Times bestselling author Lucy Arlington, Sylvia co-authored the first three volumes in the mystery series A Novel Idea.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Abby Settel's life is full. The fiftysomething wife, mother, and college professor is dedicated to her family, her work, her friends, and her aging parents. But when her husband loses his job and the empty nesters must relocate to Richmond, Virginia, Abby loses all that's familiar. Suddenly, she's alone in an environment as foreign as the surface of the moon and has been forced to leave her children, parents, friends, and identity behind in Waterloo, Canada. Despite incredible challenges, Abby finds a support group called Lost in Transition where she not only learns how to redefine the word 'home,' but also makes discoveries about herself and those she loves. The Unraveling of Abby Settel is an intimate glimpse of one woman's journey to the brink of hopelessness as well as the triumphant and restorative power of love.
For anyone who has relocated, this is a must read. Abby and her near-perfect life become unraveled when her husband loses his job and she relocates from Canada to Virginia. Her story is a rollercoaster of emotions -- new home, making new friends, leaving aging parents and grown children behind -- it all serves to catapult Abby into wondering where her "home" is and who she has become in her new surroundings. I loved this story and it made me revisit all the emotions that come with leaving the comfort and safety of one's homestead and starting on what is hoped to be an adventure. I identified with her frustrations and guilt and I laughed and cried for her. I couldn't put this book down and was sorry when it was finished. Great debut novel by Sylvia May!
Sylvia May has come out the gate charging with her first novel, a bittersweet account of a wife, mother, and daughter's transformation after a devastating move. Abby Settel had a beautiful life. Not only was she university professor and gifted musician, she was a member of the sandwich generation, taking care of her kids (one of them troubled), and her parents. When her husband loses his job and finds another in a different country, Abby is caught between the love for him and the needs of her kids and parents. Abby's journey isn't easy as she seeks love and support in her new home. This emotion-packed novel will stay with you weeks after you've read it. It did for me.