Expected publication: January 9th 2015 by Totally Bound
The fire and passion of their love has slowly ebbed away through years of neglect. Can a second honeymoon re-ignite that spark?
There was no physical contact in their marriage for so long that when Ben first hatches his plan to take Beth away for the weekend it really is all about the sex and providing an environment where there are no distractions, and no excuse for her to refuse his advances again. But while Ben is making all the arrangements it suddenly becomes clear to him that there’s something more important at stake. His marriage, to the woman of his dreams, is actually in trouble.
Beth believed that motherhood would come easy, that building a perfect world around her three sons and husband would be achievable. But reality has proven her wrong. The more she tried the bigger her failures shattered her confidence. Where she planned to shower her family with home baked cookies, smiles and unconditional love—she struggles just getting the evening meal on the table. By the end of the day she’s so exhausted that she can’t even fulfil her marital obligations. Once upon a time making love to Ben was just as necessary as breathing, before her body was ravaged by the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. They’ve grown so far apart that Beth’s convinced Ben’s having an affair.
Can a second honeymoon really help Beth and Ben bridge that growing divide between them and bring back the fire and passion that has slowly, through years of neglect, ebbed away? And will this give the couple a much needed chance to work together for a happier future? Or is it too late?
Publisher's Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Review by Ramona
3.5 out of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)
Can a woman's intuition ever be so far off the mark? In A Fruitful Intimacy, Donna Gallagher shows that it is indeed possible. And, this situation is probably more common than any female would like to admit.
Marriage often comes with two people who wear the masks of perfection so much that they become afraid to show who they really are, or worse, who they've become. This puts so much stress on their relationship that truly, whoever said that perfect marriages last forever must have been high.
Ben is slowly waking up to the reality that there are cracks in the facade of his marriage, and if he doesn't do anything to fix it, there may be no saving it at all. First he realizes that his work overshadows any life he has at home. Everything is suffering, from his role as a disciplinarian in his family to the intimacy he had with his wife. Maybe a few days without pressure can help with that. Maybe.
Beth is a wife on the brink of a meltdown. Nothing seems to go right. Not being a mother, nor being a wife, not even being a desirable female. She's looking at herself in such a warped view, she doesn't enjoy anything about her life anymore. It's gotten to a point she neglects herself so she has enough energy to spend on everybody else. Her feelings of inadequacy lead her to pull away from the very person she's sworn to love for the rest of her life, and the one, ironically, who's sworn to cherish and protect her: her husband.
It's gotten so bad that they both fake it or avoid it. This makes it even worse for Beth, who imagines that Ben is seeking solace somewhere else. With all the calls he is making, the hours he stays at work, and his furtive actions, why should she expect anything else?
Maybe it's not recreating the best time in their lives that would put the magic back in the marriage but the time to focus and talk to each other. If they have the strength to take off their masks and bare their true selves, perhaps they have a chance to save their marriage.
If there's any semblance of a fantasy in this story, it's the resolution that makes it a fairy tale. The lines make it something that a female would like to hear, but have a tiny possibility of coming out of a male's mouth! Yes, I agree that there are a few men who think and act like that, but they are a true endangered species. Or nearly extinct.
But Donna Gallagher's true gift in A Fruitful Intimacy is the lesson of self-acceptance. Beth finally realizes that she is trying to create perfection, which is impossible. Life changes also affect people physically, both men and women, and it makes sense to welcome them. There is no way you can stay the same over a year, much less a period of ten years or more. What doesn't change as swiftly is what you'd feel towards your significant other. While they're tempting to imagine murdering at times, there's no way you'd want to be without them - as long as the foundations of your relationship are solid and strong.