Mind of a Stranger by Ruth J Hartman ~ Book Review

Book Summary

How do you escape a stranger when the stranger is you?

Shelby Wright has the life she’s always wanted: a loving marriage to Charlie, her best friend, companion, and lover. She can’t imagine anything ever coming between them. They’re so close, nothing ever could.

But when Shelby’s mind begins to play tricks on her, little annoyances grow. She’s plagued with doubts when she can’t remember whether she’s done something. A voice in her head plants an unease that she can’t ignore. Then at her job, everyday occurrences that never bothered her before seem larger than life. Suddenly, life is more than she can handle. What’s happening to her?

When her thoughts take a dangerous turn, she’s scared out of her wits. And she can’t tell Charlie because the woman he promised to love, honor, and cherish has been overtaken by a monster Shelby can’t control.

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About the Author

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats, and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle or laugh out loud. She, her husband, and their three cats, love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell, Roxy and Remmie, sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?

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Before reading this book I knew that this was going to be a tough read. I have had the opportunity over the last (almost year I think now) to get to know the author Ruth online and she is such a wonderful, kind lady so it was hard knowing that Ruth wrote this book loosely on her life. She also has a memoir out that I am drying to read. Anyways this book is about a women who was living such a great life - great steady job, nice house, great husband (about a year married) and one day her life starts to change. Thoughts pop into her mind and she can't shake them, things bother her mostly germs bother her. This is especially hard as she is a lab tech who takes peoples blood for a living. 

I found this story flowed together nicely and I found myself feeling terrible for for Shelby and Charlie while Shelby worked through what was happening to herself. I could really relate to some of the feelings Shelby had experienced as I too have a bit of OCD but not to the point it interferes with my day to day life.  Working in healthcare I totally get germ freaked especially during the winter months or when I know where people put their hands and not wash after. 

It would be very hard living with OCD to the severity of what Shelby had to live with. This is a sweet romance that deals with emotional turmoil of a young lady learning she has a severe mental disorder while keeping her relationship with her husband. It is a shorter book and you can really get lost within it. 

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and have recommended it to family and friends while I was reading it.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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