Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance by Roni Beth Tower
Published by She Writes Press on October 25th 2016
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Body, Mind & Spirit, Family & Relationships, Inspiration & Personal Growth, Love & Romance, Personal Memoirs
They first meet in Paris in the spring of 1996. David is a divorced American attorney living on a converted barge moored on the banks of the Seine; Roni Beth is an empty-nested clinical and research psychologist working from her home in Connecticut. Now in their fifties, both have signed off on loving again until they meet each other. Miracle at Midlife tells the inspiring story of Roni Beth and David s intense and transformative transatlantic courtship. Along the way, David the loner, living amid the beauty, freedom, and pleasures of Paris, brings Roni Beth, a responsible and overextended professional haunted by earlier loss and trauma, back to her core as a woman, while she helps him reclaim connections that tie him to a larger world. They wrestle internal demons (mostly hers) and external threats (friends, family and different perspectives) as they share adventures in their respective worlds. Throughout their journey, stories of courage, joy and integrity bring hope and delight to those who wonder how romantic love appears and evolves; inspiration to people in mid-life who, knowingly or unknowingly, have completed a chapter in their lives and are ready to move on; and comfort to anyone who longs to wrestle and conquer the demons of fear, born of history or of the unknown, and win. Testimony that love is real.
I’ve been reading memoirs this month thanks to BookSparks’ Magic of Memoir Blog Book Tour, and this book is one I would have missed if I hadn’t had the opportunity to hear about. This book, Miracle at Midlife, is written by Roni Beth Tower, and it’s her journey to finding love.
Roni Beth and David’s inspiring story begins when they first meet in Paris in the spring of 1996. David is a loner, a divorced and successful American attorney living on a converted barge moored on the banks of the Seine while living among all the beauty and pleasures of Paris. Three-times previously married, Roni Beth is an empty-nested clinical and research psychologist working from her home in Connecticut. She’s haunted by past loss and trauma in her life and she’s an overextended professional. Now in their fifties, both have signed off on loving again until they meet each other.
Roni Beth’s story is about the renewal of hope after loss. Together, Roni Beth and David are able to plow through the past, the present, and some of the future, to share their destiny in love. The story itself is that of a classic love story, but set in modern times. It draws on Roni Beth’s background as a psychologist and as a woman herself.
Roni Beth and David’s journey reveals their story of courage, joy and integrity while bringing hope to those who haven’t learned of romance and love. The testimony of this book shows readers the simple fact that love is real and possible, no matter how old (or young) you are! The author shares her love story with such honesty and sincerity that it will truly inspire readers who are struggling with their own love story, regardless of your age or your doubts!
Roni Beth Tower grew up in Akron, Ohio, majored in religion at Barnard College, and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yale University.
She and her husband, David, live in Tarrytown, New York, within easy visiting distance of their six grandchildren. She loves Paris, yoga, dance, quilting, and bringing comfort and joy to people.
I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from BookSpark and the publisher as part of the #MagicofMemoir Tour!