People traditionally meet, fall in love, marry, live a little life as partners, have kids, raise kids, and then…the empty nest hits. Callie finds herself wondering if Brad still desires her now that the house is empty and the chaos is gone.
For the Love of Us is a debut release for author Kaylee Rose. Her ability to grab the audience through slapstick style humor between long-time friends keeps the laughing at a high and the reality of the empty nest on a fun roll. She tackles a huge issue which happens to many moms after the kids leave and the spouse continues on their career path, leaving many moms empty and lost. Rose builds this short novel with a ton of heart and infuses many relatable experiences. Her motif of the garlic bread, as part of a family tradition in an untraditional sense, ties this work together in the same sense that being sexy in an unsexy place in one’s life continues to hold the glue together and rebuilds a stagnant relationship. A strong debut, with room for Rose to grow and explore style and craft on many different fronts of the empty nest lifestyle.
What happens when the kids leave for college and you remember you’re not just mom, but a woman too?
Simply going through the motions, on autopilot day after day, weighed heavily on me.
The one thing which bonded my husband and me, before the kids came along, was slowly cast aside as their needs grew more demanding.
Intimacy became an act; a performance, without the desire, passion, and lust we once shared.
My need to feel desired and wanted by my husband ate at me and I was determined to make him see the woman he married.
I wasn’t going to give up and hatched a plan, one which would hopefully forge a new beginning for us.
Fighting to keep our love alive was a risk, but, for us, I was prepared to do anything.