by Barri Bryan

October 2003
ISBN: 1-58608-337-6
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Realizing they havenít spent a lot of time together, Emily Franklin is more than eager to rearrange her schedule to spend a quiet romantic weekend with her husband Robert. What she wasnít prepared for was to have her world destroyed with just four little wordsÖI want a divorce.

Emily is devastated. She knew things werenít perfect in her marriage, but she never believed that the man she has been in love with since she was 16 was leaving her for another woman. She didnít want to believe that he didnít love her anymore. What was she going to do now? What she did was begin a new chapter in her life. She got a job, sold her house and made new friends. Everything was falling into place very well, so why did she still have feelings for her ex-husband. Bad enough she was trying to be strong for herself and their sons, now Robert was back and looking to start all over again. Emily isnít sure that is what she wants anymore.

The Last Illusion is an emotional tale of one womanís fight to save her sanity, her self-respect and maybe find love again. Emily faces the one thing that all married women dread, the ending of their marriage with grace and dignity. When faced with some hard choices, she makes every effort to do it in a way that makes it easier on her and those around her. The only thing that she hasnít done is owned up to her own responsibility for the problems in her marriage. When she finally does this, she realizes that the one thing she wants the most is right in front of her and in order to keep it, she will have to make the first move. What Emily learns is that the future is an illusion, we arenít assured tomorrow, the only worthwhile thing we can do in this life, is to grab today with both hands and live it to the fullest. This last lesson that she learns allows her to see through the illusion and go for her dreams.

I loved this story. It was an emotionally wrenching story of heartache, the pain of betrayal and one womanís journey back to herself. It also shows that with work and perseverance, you can have it all.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Carolyn.

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