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Long Enough to Love You by Kirsten Pursell is Jenn’s story on finding your own happily ever after. Fifty-four-year-old Jenn feels like a donut; whole on the outside but empty inside. With her children away living independent lives, and a husband that doesn’t see her as she wants, she begins to confront her emptiness. The silence in her home becomes louder, and the voices in her head argue fiercer, urging her to leave safe and simple, and that the missing ten percent was worth upending her life for. With the chance discovery of diaries from her youth, Jenn rediscovers her first love, and now she stands at the precipice, ready to risk it all.
Kirsten Pursell's Long Enough to Love You has it all and faces real issues head-on: love, friendship, mid-life crises, the death of loved ones, empty nesting, sex, and navigating the deep waters of being alone with a partner you’ve neglected for too long in favor of your children. With a highly relatable protagonist, Pursell defies middle-aged stereotypes and writes Jenn’s sexuality like it is. Long Enough to Love You is bold and cathartic and screams that you are never too old to find love, and it’s not ever after, but happily ever after that is worth looking for. The charming book cover sucks you into Jenn’s story, but it’s Pursell’s brilliant writing and wonderful storyline that compels you to stay, to follow Jenn’s story as she purges her emotions, and struggles to find herself again. it’s not just Jenn’s story, it's yours too.