Your Roots Are Showing, Elise Chidley – Book Review


your-roots-are-showingYour Roots Are Showing, Elise Chidley
Publisher: 5 Spot
Publication Date: October 29, 2008
Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

“The fact remains that I’ve been living in a bit of a dream world.  I had this idea I could make some money out of my nonsense verses, but as it turns out I’d probably have to pay to get them published.  No, I need to sort myself out, one way or another.  I’ve got to start bringing home the bacon. I’m on my own now.”
– Lizzie Buckley, Your Roots Are Showing

After separating from her husband,  Lizzie Buckley settles into a ramshackle house, complete with fixer upper garden, with her three year old twins to wait for James to come to his senses and reconcile with his family. The wait is longer than she expects and so Lizzie has to come to terms with her marriage and the seemingly silly cause of it’s demise (she sent James an e-mail meant for her sister,  venting about marriage, motherhood, and James himself), and reevaluate what she wants from her life so that she can get back some of the person she lost when she started raising a family.  Along the way she meets a meddling yet well meaning neighbor who throws hunky ex-finance guy turned gardener Bruno into the mix leaving us to wonder who Lizzie will end up with.

I was looking forward to a fun and light-hearted read, and it was that and a whole lot more.  Chidley strikes the balance between humor and and providing a real glimpse into the life of a woman dealing with the  post-partum and identity issues that can come with the birth of a child and in Lizzie’s case, children.  Lizzie was a real person struggling with her self-esteem and weight issues (with her therapist, whom I loved), trying to cope with her children and their behavior issues stemming from the upheaval in their home life, and coming to terms with the factors that were the real issues in her marriage to James.  The secondary characters were interesting as well, and I loved the relationship that Lizzie had with Tessa, her best friend who has been trying to get pregnant, but without success. I also really like the variety of different ways roots came up in the book as in hair color and in origins.

I recommend this book for those who like their chick-lit with a little extra.  Usually I am confident in how the story is going to end, but this one had some surprises, and I wasn’t at all certain by the end, but would have felt satisfied with any of the direction I saw it going. The end, when it came was swift and neat, but I think that’s par for the course.

Want to read it and see for yourself?

This giveaway is sponsored by Hachette Book Group and is open to residents of the US & Canada only (no P.O. boxes).

To enter pick one of the  options from the list and complete it’s requirements.  You may choose only one out of options I, II and III.   Your selected option will give you the statednumber of entries.  You cannot mix and match.

Please remember to leave a way that I can contact you in the event that you win.  This is very important.  If I don’t have contact information I will automatically select another winner if I pull your name.

I. Simply comment for one entry.  Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you when you win!

II. Comment and blog about it for three  entries. Show me the link.  If you don’t have a blog you can tweet it, or just e-mail it to three people who might be interested and let me know that’s what you did.

III. Comment and blog/tweet/e-mail it and also get a total of five entries if you tell me what color your roots are.

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 11th at 7pm (EST). Winner will be announced later that evening.

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  2. Great review! Sounds like a fun read. I’m always looking for books that aren’t just standard chick lit. And I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks!

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  4. This book sounds like a really good read for the cold winter nights coming up (too) soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I went through post partum depression after the birth of our second son. It was no picnic. I would love to read the story of this woman and her life!
    Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  6. This sounds like a good one to spend a Saturday with. Please include me in the drawing.

  7. Oh yes, what a neat plot. Who hasn’t sent an e-mail to the person the e-mail was venting about? I even did it at work one time! OMG! How awful that was. I would love to read this book. And if I don’t win it, I may just have to go buy it. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY. If I win, you can contact me at dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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