Second Best by Jessica Dettmann (130)

This is a story that is funny and heartwarming at the same time. I just love stories with the right balance of sadness and also humor.

This story captures the dramas and tensions of modern families. It is a story that you won’t soon forget. I know I won’t!

Going from one child to two is never easy for a family. But when Emma’s husband simultaneously fathers a third child three doors up the street, things get very stressful quickly.

No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother. Now she’s trying to be the best ex-wife and the best part-time parent to her ex’s love child, and that’s before she even thinks about adding a new man into the mix.

The story is set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb, that is a funny, biting, heartwarming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete and what happens when we dare to strive for second best.

I found the story sad in places. Who wants to be second-best?  Not too many of us I would venture to guess. And who would not be paralyzed at least for a long while after she learns that her husband is having an affairs and impregnates a woman a few doors down from where their family home was situated?

I found myself feeling sorry for Emma. Yet, she fits the role of many women. So many of us are struggling in our marriages in different ways. And Emma’s husband sure doesn’t seem to deserve any long lasting relationship. How can he be trusted? Why would any other woman ever trust him?

I also feel bad for the new wife who feels betrayed too. Its like many women are betrayed in this story. Yet, betrayal is something the women are quite used to as well in their married lives.

This story gave me a lot of ideas for writing my own story one of these days very soon. I just hope that stories like this can be cathartic. I know mine will be.

This is story that will resonate with many women and wives. I recommend it to any woman who feels betrayed or made to feel second best.


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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