The Marriage Sabbatical

I admit there are some ideas too modern for my soul…

The Marriage Sabbatical
The Marriage Sabbatical by Lian Dolan, reviewed by Fae Reviews

🎥 In a Snapshot



The Marriage Sabbatical

🔗Author: Lian Dolan

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”

This book explores this thought and the idea that you may have what you need in front of you, but maybe you need new glasses to remember and appreciate it. 

What to Expect

  • 3rd voice narration
  • Agreed/forced distance
  • Midlife reconnection journey
  • Sex adventures with others
  • No spice
  • Slow pace
  • Little action

What I Missed

Disclosure: This book wasn’t for me. This “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” situation within a marriage, translated in the 500 mile rule, is too modern for me. So, I’m sure it affected my experience reading this book, and therefore, my review.
  • The writing felt a bit clinical, impersonal. It was difficult to connect with the characters. Their emotional conflicts and discoveries weren’t really shown—the scenes happened almost behind curtains. So, you don’t get the experience of trying to step in their shoes while reading.
  • That combination of 3rd person narration—telling what’s happening—, but also from the different characters’ points of view was weird. It contributed to that impersonal style and lack of connection explained before.
  • Also, the back and forth from the present to the past crashed the flow of the story sometimes. I think the insights from their past could have been told in the present without having to create a whole scene.

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