Book Review – The Unhappy Wife By Dr. K E Garland


My first book review EVER! To be quite honest I don’t read many books at all. I’m more into reading blogs more so than picking up a book. But this book has me some type of way!  It’s hard for one book to keep my attention span occupied. That’s why you should be extremely shocked that I’m writing this review!

This book was written by a dear friend of mine, Dr. K E Garland. Before I ever read this book she intrigued me with her blog. She always posts about real moments, truth. There’s an honesty about her that captivates me with her writing. As I’ve said before, she touches your soul in this book and even in her blog.

Don’t let the name of the book scare you. When my book first arrived my husband got it out of the mail box and opened it up and his response was “Um, are you trying to tell me something?” I think I snorted with laughter when he asked me that. Let me tell you, this isn’t just for women, a lot of men can take something very meaningful from this book. My husband even read it and enjoyed it.

Dr. Garland took multiple stories of outstanding, charismatic tried-and-true women and poured it into this deep expressive book.

It takes you for a ride and has many windy curves, speed bumps, and tunnels.  I don’t want to give too much away but this book is about finding strength, hopefulness, resilience, and capability.

She’s found a way to express the despair, trials, and loneliness in these women while finding peace within themselves. I can speak from experience after reading this book….I sure wish I would’ve had this book before I ever married. It would’ve taught me so much about myself and what I have to offer someone in a marriage or what I needed for myself.

Whether you’re happily married, single, divorced, engaged, dating, homosexual, etc. each of us could honestly learn something from these encouraging true stories. I could relate to more than a couple of them thinking back to my first marriage.

Reading Darlene’s story, tears stung my eyes as I read the words “I was pure. I was dutiful. I had submitted. What did I have to show for it? Divorce papers and ten lost years of my life.” I know, I know, what happened, what went wrong? You’ll have to read the book 🙂

Crystal’s story hit home for me….Her Mom’s words “You can’t give up on a human being; that’s abandonment. And nobody deserves to be abandoned.” A few pages later, my ears felt like they were on fire and smoking as I read Crystal’s frustration….“And for the first time in my life, I thought I was capable of killing a man. I envisioned taking the plastic Kroger bag that rested on the floor and holding it over his face, watching as he kicked and screamed, gasping for his last breath.” I know you’re wondering what could have been so bad for her to want to kill him but you’ll have to read the book to find out. 🙂

This book isn’t all doom and gloom. Dr. Garland is revealing to us that we often forget who we are in this busy crazy life we live in. She’s showing us through these stories that we must love ourselves first before committing ourselves to someone else. We have to find ourselves and our passion to be able to share that with that special person. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Read the book. I promise you, you will walk away a better person. After reading the book I felt elated. It made me realize that I am right where I want to be. I’m grateful for my marriage and I did it right this time. If the book doesn’t make you feel that way, it might just wake you up or give you an Aha moment. Either way, it’s a lasting memorable book that will stay with you. If you would like to get to know her better please stop by her blog Dr. K E Garland or you can purchase this book on Amazon paperback or kindle. Do check it out as it will be very rewarding.

As for my dear friend Dr. K E Garland….your words are eye opening, heartfelt, and entrancing. Fantastic read! Well done my friend, very well done. XO





  1. K E Garland · November 27, 2016

    Thank you luv! This is absolutely perfect. I’m glad you were so moved by this book. I knew from reading your blog that you’d had similar experiences, so these words mean even more to me because you know what some of these women must’ve felt. Thanks again for ALL of the support you’ve shown. I appreciate it from the depths of my heart 🙂 ❤

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    • Lennon Carlyle · November 27, 2016

      Awe….I should’ve probably googled how to write a book review but thought I would wing it from the heart. I’m happy you approved. Seriously….you made me feel emotions and that’s what makes a good book if you ask me. Hugs Sweet Thang!

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  2. Just Joan · November 28, 2016

    A great review! Now I want to know what happened to Darlene and Crystal and all the others! 🙂

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  3. K E Garland · December 2, 2016

    Reblogged this on K E Garland and commented:
    Sometimes the best Book Reviews are by people who don’t do book reviews for a living 😉 Thanks to my girl over at fabulouswithglitches for wearing a T-shirt, posting to Twitter, ordering The Unhappy Wife, reading it, and writing this heartfelt review! Much appreciation luv!

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  4. Annika Perry · December 2, 2016

    You’re a natural reviewer – this is terrific written with passion, attention to detail and flows so well.😀 It’s certainly grabbed my attention. I love the way you’ve included snippets from the book giving us a flavour of the writing as well as your own personal comments. For example, this paragraph: ‘Reading Darlene’s story, tears stung my eyes as I read the words “I was pure. I was dutiful. I had submitted. What did I have to show for it? Divorce papers and ten lost years of my life.” I know, I know, what happened, what went wrong? You’ll have to read the book🙂’

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    • Lennon Carlyle · December 2, 2016

      Well thank you ever so much Annika! I really appreciate your sweet comment. I’m going to try to read more and do more book reviews. I so enjoyed it. It’s just so busy in my life right now with work and out of town lately on weekends. Much Thanks Doll!

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    • K E Garland · December 3, 2016

      Totally agree Annika! You can tell that she really enjoyed it and she also did a great tease at the same time.

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