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The Open Book Blog Hop this week is for events and announcements, and so I am going to announce today that my women’s fiction novel, ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, will be free on Amazon over the Easter weekend 27th – 31st March 2016.  It came in at number 49 in ReadFree.ly’s list of the 50 best Indie books of 2015.

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The Daughter-in-law Syndrome investigates the complicated relationship causing much friction between Grandmother Edna Deane and her daughter-in-law Arla. In addition it focuses on the sometimes tumultuous partnership between Arla and her husband Ric.

Arla Deane sometimes likens her marriage to undergoing daily psychological warfare. Husband Ric will never voice an opinion, and puts his mother Edna up high on a pedestal. Arla is sick of always feeling that she comes in at only second best to her mother-in-law, who much to Arla’s fury is never told anything by Ric or his sisters that she would not want to hear.

This novel explores the husband/wife, mother/son, and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. After twenty eight years of marriage, Arla, the daughter-in-law, is at the end of her tether and persuades a reluctant Ric to accompany her for marriage guidance. As they look back over their lives with Counsellor Toni Beecher, Arla slowly comes to realise her own failings, and eventually discovers the long-hidden reason why Ric will never utter a cross word to his mother.

Also, adding to Arla’s stress is the fact that her son Stuart will soon be marrying Ria, a girl whom Arla feels is just looking for a free ride. Arla is convinced that Ria will be no asset to Stuart at all; her new daughter-in-law just wants to be a mother and has no intention of ever working again once the babies start to arrive. After visiting Stuart and Ria for Sunday lunch, Arla is convinced that her son is making the biggest mistake of his life…..

Below are a couple of reviews:

on May 26, 2015

Stevie Turner has done it again with The Daughter-in-Law. This is a well-written tale that centers around Arla and Ric and their marital issues during a time in their lives when life should be getting easier midlife. Arla’s mother-in-law is a presence in their lives and she is not easy to love. Seeking family counselling comes at a time when Arla is also a mother-in-law and is seeing the world from the other side of the fence, so to speak. Thought provoking and interesting, this story fills you with hope that being a daughter-in-law and having one, can be a lovely position in life.

Stevie’s characters felt so real to me and the dialogue is outstanding. Five stars for this wonderful read.

on May 25, 2015

“I saw the resemblance as soon as Ric brought you home that time. He’d found a girl just like his mother, as many men do of course.”

This is one of my favorite quotes from author Stevie Turner’s latest release: The Daughter-in-law Syndrome because it symbolizes so much of the age old emotions experienced between a wife, her mother-in-law and her husband. The emotional turmoil experienced by Arla, Ric’s wife, the self perceived victim of a family who disapproves their son/brother’s choice of a marriage partner is similar to that traditionally felt or experienced in many marriages and resultant family relationships.

Ms. Turner creatively delves into the inner conflicts behind the disparate emotions of her well developed characters who make some rewarding discoveries.

Turner explores this twenty -eight year old marriage with a refreshing sensitivity and caring of her characters as she invites readers to neutrally dissect and examine the inner feelings and emotions that manifest the behaviors that are so disturbing to not just one character, Arla, the wife but to all involved family members.

The novel is very well written and easy to read. It not only offers a good story line but also provides food for thought and opportunity for self examination; a reminder of the importance of quality relationships that require ‘give and take’ and a commitment to understanding.

I highly recommend this novel and commend Ms. Turner on this family saga!

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