Hello, my bookish peeps. Sometimes it seems as if time is flying past as we near the end of another month, and other times it seems as if it is plodding along slower than “molasses going up a hill backwards in the winter time” (that was one of my dad’s favorite sayings) One of the good things, in my opinion, about the slow passage of time is that it gives us time to reflect on both the good and bad that’s happened in our lives. Today’s guest provides insight into the main female character, Kathleen, from the domestic suspense, Distorted Perception by Trish Arrowsmith. Ms. Arrowsmith, is going to provide us with a fascinating glimpse into her main female character’s reflections on the past via a journal entry. I hope this piques your interest to learn more about the character and the story, and that you’ll add Distorted Perception to your TBR list. Don’t forget to follow this blog tour to learn more about this book and author, read some great reviews, and please enter the tour-wide giveaway.
Journal Entry: Kathleen
I didn’t believe I would ever end up where I am. Looking back, I missed all the signs, even when my best friend tried to warn me. At twenty-six years old, I had everything I could have wanted. I purchased my own car. I bought my own house. I put myself through college. I was a strong woman, with a great career. I was doing what I loved.
The only thing missing from my life was someone to spend my evenings with. I wanted a family of my own so desperately I probably would have done anything to get it. Reflecting back to those days, I fear I did.
If I could go back and do everything all over again, would I do it? I can’t say for sure. I love the women who live around me. They are the closest thing to a family I’ve ever had. My children mean everything to me and I wouldn’t change them for anything. But, without realizing what was happening, I gave up everything I loved at the time, everything I had worked so hard for. And I also gained a lot in the process.
Over the years, I learned a lot about what family means. I got a glimpse into the lives of others and was, for the first time, thankful for how I was raised. I ended up in a loveless marriage but found love in those around me. After all these years, I still have good days and bad days.
On the bad days, I want to go back and change everything I’ve done. I wish I hadn’t met my husband, I wish I hadn’t called him, I wish I had listened to my best friend. But, on the good days, which are far more frequent, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy with the family I found and the children I’m raising.
I guess, what it really comes down to is, you can’t appreciate the good unless you have the bad. I’m here now and I’m going to make the best of it, one day at a time, even if it’s my last. ♦
by Trish Arrowsmith
March 28 – April 29, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
At twenty-six years of age, Kathleen has almost everything she needs: a fulfilling teaching career, a new car, and a recently purchased home. She dedicates her free time to her students, supporting them in a manner she never had growing up. Her days are filled with love and hope, but her nights are empty without a family to call her own. While spectating the first home baseball game of the season, she meets a man that she believes will change her evenings in the best possible way. With no children of his own, he committed his free time to bringing his young nephew to watch the game, hoping to encourage him to play. Kathleen is immediately drawn to him and sees him as a true family man.
Maxwell is handsome, successful, and charming. When he proposes marriage shortly after they begin dating, Kathleen is eager to accept as the desire to start her own family consumes her. Within months of their marriage, Maxwell’s sweet, doting personality gives way to a more sinister, controlling side. Kathleen quickly realizes that while she was looking for a partner, Maxwell was looking for someone who existed solely to fulfill his needs.
When he suggests a move to the country, Kathleen is hesitant to leave her job but believes the change of atmosphere will be an opportunity to bring them closer together. She soon realizes the isolation of the countryside only serves to enhance his power over her. It doesn’t take long for her to learn the devastating truth of who her husband really is, and she finds herself left with two choices: She can try to escape and hope he doesn’t find her, or she can stay and fight the battle in which all odds are against her.
Genre: Suspense, Domestic Suspense, Drama
Published by: Trish Arrowsmith Author
Publication Date: February 24, 2022
Number of Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781736755945 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781736755952 (Kindle edition)
ASIN: B09RT21MK9 (Kindle edition)
Purchase Links #CommissionEarned: Amazon | Amazon Kindle | Goodreads
Trish recently moved across the country where she found her forever home, enjoying the desert sunshine and wildlife all year long. She was born and raised in a small town in northern Connecticut. Growing up, she was always fascinated by unsolved mysteries and true crime as well as the psychological elements behind them. As an avid reader, her go to books are thrillers, suspense, and true crime.
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