** Chelsea had her baby last week so there is no Ten on Tuesday this week. Hop over to her blog to check out her beautiful baby boy, Jansen. And can I just say that I totally guessed her due date? At the end of August, she did a post, asking her readers to guess when the baby would be born. Her due date was September 19th, I guessed September 2nd and was right!! Kind of cool, huh? **
Last month I read "Leaving Before It's Over" by Jean Reynolds Page. In this book, we meet Roy Vines and his wife Rosalind. Earlier in life, Roy had been forced to choose between his family and Rosalind; he chose Rosalind. Roy & Rosalind accepted the fact that they would never have a relationship with Roy's family... then Rosalind finds out she has a serious disease. Their family has fallen on hard times and Roy can not afford the treatments his wife requires so he returns home to ask his family for help. Page slowly reveals the circumstances that drove a wedge between Roy and his family, and we learn more about the dymanics of the family. The damage seems irreparable as Roy's late wife had a son, Luke, that everyone thought Roy had fathered - and abandoned.
Roy strikes a deal with his twin brother and takes Luke home with him for the summer in exchange for financial assistance. I can just imagine the anger that Luke felt towards Roy... All through life, Luke had been told that Roy was his father - and now he has to spend the summer with Roy and his family. Slowly Luke begins to see that Roy is not the jerk that he has been made out to be by his family, though.
This book was another quick/engaging read. It made me think - could I ever choose a man over my family? The answer is no, I couldn't. I can't imagine a circumstance where I would have to, though. I trust the opinions of my parents and siblings - so if they truly did not approve of someone I dated, I would really take their opinions into consideration... In the circumstances of this book, Roy made the right decision in choosing his wife over his family - I just can't imagine having to live with that decision...
Could you marry someone that your family did not approve of?