A Broken Man

The Rocky Shoals of Marriage, Remarriage and Divorce

Non-Fiction - Relationships
230 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Broken Man is a work of non fiction by author Trevor Stewart, self described as a focus on ‘The Rocky Shoals of Marriage, Remarriage and Divorce’. A relatively short but heartfelt volume, the book tells the tale of its author, Trevor, from a perspective of newfound hope in his new life. Once Trevor was deep within a loveless marriage with no idea how bad his situation was, believing that faith alone would help to sort things out. Once he was out and broken by the experience, as the title suggests, Trevor realized that faith alone was not enough, and he developed an active positive attitude towards life to help him through, which he now shares with others in his book.

Life is very hard sometimes, and I found my reading experience of A Broken Man was cathartic for me as well as the author. Many of us have been through times when we just had to hope that things would improve and we could stay with that person we fell in love with and rebuild with them, and this book encapsulates that painful hope perfectly. I think anyone going through a hard break-up, especially after a long marriage, is sure to take comfort in the fact that author Trevor Stewart has been there, and is brave enough to write about it. His path through may not work for everyone, but it will certainly show that there is a way through and you have to find it for yourself by being positive and proactive.

Ruffina Oserio

A Broken Man: The Rocky Shoals of Marriage, Remarriage and Divorce by Trevor Stewart explores themes of marriage, breakup, healing and finding happiness after a failed relationship. This is a timely book that addresses relationship issues that affect many marriages and underlines the importance of discerning problems in relationships and how to face them. This inspiring book explores different themes like common relationship problems and how to fix them, handling domestic violence, how to deal with friends in a relationship, great communication tips, understanding signs that a relationship is headed downhill, what to do when separation becomes the only option, and a lot more.

The use of journaling carries across the message and emotions in a powerful way. It allows readers to penetrate the psyche of the author, explore the dynamism of the relationship, and feel the tension that develops between the author and his partner. Here is one passage that captures the dilemma of letting go, a moment of pain, in a sterling way: “I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that no matter what I can say or do, you want to divorce me. However, I hope you realize that I do need answers as to why you want to divorce me. When I have these answers, then I might be able to move on, but I still hope and pray that we can move on together.”

A Broken Man: The Rocky Shoals of Marriage, Remarriage and Divorce is a practical guide to succeeding in marriage. It also offers powerful insights on how to deal with divorce. I enjoyed the way the author writes his personal story. The voice is strong and captivating and the prose is good. Trevor Stewart’s book will appeal to so many people dealing with relationship issues; it is compassionate and filled with insight. There is a treasure in this book for everyone. Highly recommended.

Gisela Dixon

A Broken Man: The Rocky Shoals of Marriage, Remarriage and Divorce is a non-fiction memoir by Trevor detailing his previous marriages, divorce, and relationships, and the lessons he learnt from them. Trevor starts by telling us a bit about himself and why he wrote this book. He then proceeds to talk about his early military career, his first wife, their children, their young years, the drifting apart from his wife once his children entered boarding school and due to his over-involvement in his military job, his love affair with another woman in the military who ultimately became his second wife, divorce, his relationship with his step-children, his estrangement from his biological children, counseling, relationship do’s and don’ts, and much more.

A Broken Man focuses on Trevor’s past failed marriages and divorce and thus is mainly about relationships and what he learnt from them. This is a fairly short read which also includes letters he wrote to his wife to help him cope with the breakup. The memoir comes off as honest and Trevor truly seems regretful that he does not have a close bond with his children. There are lessons to be learnt from this book and I am sure anyone going through a failed relationship or a similar situation in life will find the insights contained herein helpful. Ultimately, Trevor’s candid writing style may help others to avoid making some of the mistakes he made, especially in regards to his children, and so I would recommend this book.

Samantha Coville

Trevor Stewart's non-fiction memoir, A Broken Man, tells the tragic story of his two marriages and how they came to their abrupt ends. His first is marred by the constant moving and time away from his wife that his military job requires of him. The second ends unexpectedly due to a string of unfortunate choices and influences out of their control. The purpose for sharing these memories with you, the reader, is to help you to learn from the author's own mistakes and to learn some much-needed truths regarding how to keep a marriage afloat.

This memoir is so raw. You can tell that Trevor Stewart is pouring his feelings into the words on these pages. He doesn't hide his mistakes or poor choices from the reader; he puts everything on the table. There is even a collection of his own letters to his second wife during a period when she refused to see him and he doesn't know to this day if she's ever read them. It's hard to find that sort of heartbreaking honesty. And from this honesty, the author tries to teach us how to be more observant of the people we love.

Many of the problems he faced were due to not being aware of how his wives felt, or not realizing what impact some of his choices would have on them. It seems crazy that one decision can create such a wave of consequences, but that’s what happens in this tragic guide. And that’s only one of the many pieces of wisdom he hopes to impart to readers. Overall, this is a short but engaging read that could teach readers a handful of valuable life lessons. So I recommend picking up a copy and a box of tissues to go with!