Oct 10, 2017
ByAurorawatcher on October 20, 2017
received this book free in an exchange for an honest review.
What do you do when trust has been destroyed in a marriage? Frances and Martin have had a happy marriage, except that his pornography addiction and her obsession with catching him out have rendered them unable to trust one another. He still loves her, but she's completely disgusted by him. Is there anyway to find common ground?
I won't give away the ending, but I thought it was interesting how Stevie Turner resolved the main conflict of the novel.
Well-written, insightful. Turner doesn't give in to the usual conventions of romance make-up literature. She writes real people undergoing a believable crisis. Although I haven't known any couples struggling with porn addictions, I have heard similar stories in other 12-Step groups. After a partner has deeply damaged the relationship, that partner stepping onto a better path doesn't erase the hurt their spouse feels. You can only try to find a compromise where love remains.
Lest you think this story is a real downer, it's not. There are some truly hilarious lines in this book. You definitely get the sense that Martin loves Frances and, if she weren't so mad at him for repeating the same unfaithfulness over and over, she'd love him too.
I would definitely read more of Turner's books.
ByCherie R. McKay Horston May 15, 2018
I received my free copy of
Mind Games by Stevie Turner from The Book Gobbler in return for a fair and
honest book review. The book was published on October 27, 2017.
Mind Games is the story of the life of Frances and Martin Andrews. Their story is one of a marriage that has been destroyed by Martin’s addiction to porn and the loss of trust that comes from addiction.
The story is told from both Frances and Martin’s perspectives. Throughout the story you begin to see life through the eyes of Frances, with occasional views through Martin’s eyes. The character of Frances really grows throughout the tale, and I found myself really rooting for her.
It is a fast moving story, and I found myself making my way through the book in a short time. Although the story is about porn addiction, it is not an erotic or sensual book in anyway. At times the book is hard to read simply because porn addiction is a tough subject to read about. But the story line is interesting, and I wanted to know the outcome of their marriage and where life takes them.
I think the author did a very good job telling an interesting, fast moving story about a very complex, yet believable situation.