Book Review #78 - Recovering From Life By Debra McKenna


Recovering from Life is the tale of 39-year-old, red-headed spitfire Stephanie McCarthy’s rollicking road to redemption. A gifted freelance writer in Northern California, Steph works days hawking frozen foods while her life limps along. Until her husband, Kenny, disappears into the crack ghetto. His descent into addiction catapults Steph onto a wild ride that feels unendurable—but ultimately leads to her own self-discovery. 

Marooned in a state of financial doom, legal tangles, and emotional turmoil, Steph navigates the pitfalls of her new path, which takes her into the realms of drug dealers, high finance—and hot romance. With her wisecracking buddy, Lee, and other surprising allies at her side, Steph begins to rebuild her world as she stumbles into her own blind spots and wrestles with her faulty guy-radar. 

When Steph at last spies the “Welcome to Reality” sign at the end of the road, she realizes that her job is to heal from a life she never chose—and to recover from the one that she did. But while she rides that roller coaster of recovery, Stephanie has one hell of a good time.

My Take On This Book:

As Recovering From Life is funny, it is also a story about friendship, personal growth, recovery, and independence. Each chapter leaves the reader in suspense, rooting for Stephanie to surprise us yet again. Steph's is a story most women can relate to in one way or another. 

She had her life figured out so she thought; the house the husband...a dog...life was good. Then bam her life began to spiral out of control, but Steph was determined to come out on top. 

With the love and trust of friends and her own determination, she did just that. Stephanie is someone you would be lucky to have as a friend and it was fun, yet insightful to follow her life journey through divorce, addiction, and independence. I cannot wait to see what author Debra McKenna comes up with next.

I gave it *****

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