Being married to someone who is on the road and away from home is a challenge. Even more so when there are children involved. During my marriage, my husband was working in another state and would only come home on the weekends. I became a single mother, making sure everything was running smoothly while he was away. The weekends were spent celebrating his return, cooking his favorite foods and doing fun things with the kids.
Our marriage was under stress. It could be challenging to get a hold of him and when there was a problem, I was often left to handle it alone. Just imagine how it would have been had my husband been in the limelight--a Country Superstar.
Grea Warner's Teardrop in my Eye brings to light the struggles that Finn and Lara deal with as his career takes off. Lara must juggle the house and the kids, doing everything alone. It's not easy. I've been there. I love how Ms. Warner's story draws the reader in. You experience all of Lara's emotions as she works to keep her life from falling apart. This is a must read!!
A teardrop sends out many ripples…
The road that Lara and Finn Murphy have taken together has been full of curves and bumps and foggy patches. But despite his demanding country music career and tragedies along the way, they found forever with each other. And now, with the addition of their two young children, their home is filled with even more love and joy.
But, when Finn goes on his summer tour without Lara and the kids, some of the pieces of their idyllic life begin to crumble. Lara struggles with who she is as an individual, especially after finding herself in a perilous situation. Their son, Chance, starts to act out because he is missing his dad. And Finn feels like he can’t protect any of them like he wants to.
Instead of it getting better upon the musician’s return, though, things only get worse. The couple, torn apart by false accusations and poor choices, must find a way to come together when heartbreaking news is revealed. Is there any way they can turn all the tears of sadness to ones of happiness?
As much as I hated it and as much as I resisted it, I couldn’t help it…I began to cry. Not a lot. Just a few simple, silent tears trickling down my cheeks.
Because it seemingly came out of nowhere, Finn was most perplexed. “What are you crying about?”
Damn wiping them away or playing his game of “nothing,” I thought. I laid it out. “Because you’re not telling me something. I know it. Please talk to me.”
“Aw, Lara…” He hated when I cried. He hated to see me hurting. And if it was so bad that I allowed myself to cry, he knew it was going to be hard to fix. “I’m anxious about the tour, that’s all,” he tried. “The long distance and the time away.”
Yes, it was almost as traditional as watching It’s a Wonderful Life at Christmas time. Finn would get cagey and worked up before hitting the road. And this year, he was going without me or the kids. We had decided that Arinn was still too young. And even though Chance had gone on tour with us months after his birth, now there were two kids. The compromise was to build in a mini-break mid-summer so he could return home.
Regardless, I knew the tour wasn’t the entire picture. “There’s more than that. There’s been something bothering you for a while now. I don’t know why you can’t trust me…why you’re not letting me in.”
“I trust you,” he answered immediately. But, he offered nothing else.
I didn’t either. If he trusted me, he would tell me. I just had to hold on. No omissions.
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