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A Changing Marriage

How much is a stay-at-home mom worth?

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 A Changing Marriage (Kensington, February) is a Valentine’s Day card for stay-at-home mothers. In Susan Kietzman’s new book, she describes in detail the work that goes into being the underappreciated mother of two and the wife of a work-obsessed husband.  Karen and Bob Parsons were college sweethearts. The first flush of love lasted from their meeting in college to their perfect wedding to when Karen became pregnant with their first child, Rebecca. That is where the romance stopped and, in Karen’s mind, the drudgery began. She loves her children — son Robert joined the family a few years later — but the first word she thought about when her children were finally in elementary school was “freedom.” It wouldn’t have been…

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Did I say “I do” to this?

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Raise your hand if you know the difference between dating and being married. Now raise your hand if you knew this on your wedding day. Fewer hands in the air, I suspect, on question number two. Why is this? The answer is pretty straightforward. Unless you lived with your spouse before you got married, you simply didn’t know any better. In my novel, A Changing Marriage, protagonists Karen Spears and Bob Parsons meet in college. They attend parties together. They have philosophical discussions. And, when their roommates are elsewhere for an afternoon or an evening, they have sex. It’s a neat, clean, fairly compartmentalized, mostly uncomplicated relationship. Next they move through the blissful engagement period. Next comes the well-planned and executed…

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