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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
The Elegant Out by Elizabeth Bartasius follows thirty-six-year-old Elizabeth as she juggles between her obsession with having another child and finally writing a novel. Once upon a time, she had dreamed of becoming a writer, but now, when she could actually work toward that dream, the loud ticks of her biological clock distracted her. Although she had ten-year-old Jack from her previous abusive marriage, wanting a child with the man she loved nagged at her. As if the battle inside her head wasn't enough, her boyfriend's reluctance to marry her and have babies with her added emotional conflict to the equation. In her more rational times, however, she wondered if she wanted a child as an excuse to put off working toward her dream of becoming a writer.
Elizabeth Bartasius has narrated the dilemma of many creative women who struggle with their desire to create something extraordinary and their biological clock every single day. Elizabeth is intelligent enough to realize that her need to have another child could be a mere excuse to procrastinate working toward her lifelong dream. The proverbial race against time not only threatens her aspirations but also her relationship with Gabriel, her boyfriend. The author conveys the aftereffects of an abusive marriage in the most tender words. The soft, yet insightful narration evokes a range of emotions that connects -- and perhaps resonates -- with the audience.
The Elegant Out is one of those books where readers find themselves tangled in the conflicting emotions of the heroine. Both the choices that gnawed at her appear important enough. And that is exactly what made the novel all the more fascinating. Regardless of the choice that she makes, readers will find themselves wanting a happy ending for the protagonist. I highly recommend The Elegant Out by Elizabeth Bartasius to women who are at a crossroads and praying for a miracle. This novel could very well show them the light and prove to be the answer that they need.