Haunted by an Unrealized Dream

Haunted by an Unrealized Dream

Today, I’d like to introduce you to author, Mary Rowen.

Meet Mary Rowen

1546052_250009598490616_1231911253_n-1Mary Rowen is a Boston area mother and a music lover. All of her novels focus on women of various ages growing up, or at least becoming comfortable with themselves. Her essays have been anthologized and/or published on multiple blogs. Mary grew up in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, is a graduate of Providence College, and has worked as a teacher, writer, salesperson, and political canvasser. She firmly believes that all of those jobs provide good preparation for an aspiring writer.

Please visit her blog at: http://www.maryrowen.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Rowen-Author/128709923953918.

Twitter: @maryjrowen.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6925267.Mary_Rowen.

Living by Ear


What happens when the world you love doesn’t press pause when you do? Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a “short” career break to marry and have kids changed everything. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to find her place in life.

After filing for divorce, she learns that her attempts to reestablish her own rhythms—both in music and in love—are more complicated than she’d anticipated. Her two teenagers are desperate for their mom, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every obstacle he can in her way. Adding to the stress is the progress in technology, which has not only changed the music industry, but also the dating world. Is there room in the mix for Chris?

My Review

Ignoring a dream comes with a heavy toll.

Mary Rowen’s novel, Living by Ear, is a work of literary fiction, but like all the best books, resonates with authenticity and heart. Anybody that has ever had to put aside their hopes and ambitions to take care of someone else will be struck deeply by Rowen’s protagonist, Christine.

On the verge of breaking into a national career, Boston busker (or street musician), Christine puts her musical ambitions on hold to marry and have children. Though she aches to tend to her dried up ambitions, Christine is discouraged, held back and maybe even sabotaged by people she trusts until her dream withers and nearly dies. Though she puts on a strong face for her kids, I call it fake-happy, she’ll pay a price for ignoring her passion  – and she’ll pay it in the very marrow of her bones.

Rowen’s beautifully flawed characters and relatable story were delicious and hard to put down. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into another of her books soon. She definitely earned five stars from this reader!

2 thoughts on “Haunted by an Unrealized Dream

  1. Great review Jenn – I think you definitely hit the bullseye as to what makes Mary’s book relatable to so many people who’ve put their passions on hold. It is most certainly a hard book to put down!

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