Leah Thornton's life is on a downward spiral.ÿThough her life looks picture perfect, it's not.ÿLeah is an English teacher and she loves her job.ÿShe's married but lately she doesn't want to be with her husband, Carl unless she's been drinking.ÿLeah becomes a totally different person when she's been drinking.ÿInstead of a shy person afraid to do much, she becomes an outgoing person ready to take on the world and if she makes any goofs, it's okay as she doesn't remember them in the morning.ÿDrinking also allows her to have sex with Carl.
Leah has more issues than just drinking though drinking is her coping mechanism.ÿShe lost her beloved daughter to SIDS.ÿHer in-laws never think she's good enough and her husband has begun to treat her as a child.
Leah's not alone though.ÿHer best friend, Molly confronts Leah about her drinking and convinces her into checking into a rehab.ÿLeah recognizes that she has a bit of a problem but when she tells Carl her plans, the scenario is nothing like she imagined.ÿHe's furious that she is checking into rehab and unsetting his plans.ÿWhat is he suppose to do for the 30 days she's gone!
Though this book deals with alcoholism, it's really about one woman's struggle to find herself and deal with her life.ÿYes, the alcohol contributes to her problems and has provided her a crutch but until she learns to cope, she'll never be whole.
I found myself quickly becoming immersed in this book and Leah's life.ÿI was pulling for her from almost the beginning.ÿShe had some denial issues and didn't want to face those things that made her life so miserable.ÿShe became someone I could identify with though I've never had a drinking problem.
Carl, Molly and the other characters in this book helped define Leah and her life.ÿReading about their interactions and responses gave vitality to the world Leah lives in.ÿCarl and Molly are major characters in Leah's life and they come across as well developed characters with issues and lives of their own.ÿ
This book includes a lot of references to God and the Bible.ÿThere are several reasons for that but the biggest one is that AA uses the belief system.ÿThis belief system recognizes that an alcoholic needs a power greater than themselves to help them on their journey to sobriety.ÿMolly is also a very religious person which is not unusual to find in the south.ÿIt's not called the Bible Belt for nothing!ÿBible verses are quoted yet no one organized church group is named.ÿWhen your life is heading to rock bottom sometimes faith is all you have.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.ÿIt isn't preachy.ÿIt does take you on Leah's journey to take control of her life again.ÿShe wasn't in a depressing vacuum but in a bright interesting world filled with hope and humor.ÿThe world outside of rehab didn't stay still but moved on.ÿLife after rehab isn't perfect so Leah's struggle doesn't end.ÿ
Even if you've never dealt with any of the problems or issues in this book, you'll get something out of it.ÿAt the best, you'll believe that you can overcome anything with help.ÿAt the worse, you'll smile through the humor.ÿThere is no way that something in this book won't touch you in some way.
Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks—Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later—one at the grocery store and the other with her friend Molly—Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn’t Leah’s idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.