This is a wonderfully reassuring book for any us who think life is over when our husband decides we are old and tired. It's the story of what happens to many of us when a marriage, especially a long time one, suddenly ends. Unless you've lived through this type of heartbreak you may not understand why Rose did the things she did. Many think because she didn't rant, rave and throw things, or worse, she's a wimp. Not so, she handled these extraordinarily painful events as a mature intelligent woman rather than as screaming fool. After she fell apart, she found her strength from within, from her children and with the help of loving friends. It would have been so much easier to go back to the old job and unfaithful husband, or would it. Could she ever really go back physically or emotionally? She moved on from the frequently steriotypical middle-aged husband who thought the grass was greener in a newer, younger place. Living well is the best revenge!