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Why you must read Isabelle Peterson’s Ditching the Dream


Elizabeth Fairchild realizes her empty nester life is unfulfilling. Her husband isn’t abusive, or cheating on her, he simply takes her for granted and isn’t keen on her working outside of the house. Going from her parents house, to the college dorms, and marrying straight out of college, Elizabeth never stood on her own two feet.

She seizes the opportunity and does just that, leaving her seemingly perfect set up in Napa Valley and going to New York City to try and find out what she’s made of.

She didn’t leave to be with other men, but she’s soon faced with two very different men: Jack Stevens and Kevin Parker.

Tell us about them.
Jack is older. He has heart-stopping good looks, is wildly successful, and is very much in control of everything around him – especially Elizabeth.

Kevin is younger. He is carefree with a heart of gold and loves Elizabeth’s spunk.

While Elizabeth’s old life still calls to her, she also finds what she needs in New York. But which dream will she choose?

What genre is this?

This book has done well with all women from age 19 up to 70s. Married women, especially with kids.

Married men have read my book and have been motivated to take better care of their wives. I’ve personally heard from three.

We’ve asked about the men in her life, but we didn’t think to ask about Elizabeth herself!
Elizabeth Fairchild is in her 40s. She married very young and had kids right away. She gave everything to her family – and now that the kids are gone, she realizes the relationship with her husband is empty. She equates them to being roommates.

“Our relationship was nothing more than roommates at this point. He was an excellent provider, but I could be just any woman – all he needed was for someone to cook, clean, and be a hole in the mattress on Friday nights for six and half minutes during Letterman. ”

She makes decisions. Tough decisions. Life doesn’t just happen to her.

Life doesn’t just happen to her. We like that.
If you’re looking for this book to be compared to another book out there….Well I can’t think of a book to compare it with because I’ve not found another one about a woman who wasn’t in college or recently graduated, and life happens to them and they bob along. Which is why I wrote it – this book came out of conversations with dozens of moms feeling under appreciated & just wanting to run away.

This is the start of a series, right?
There is a 2nd book in the series, NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS (NIMWD), which is the story of one of the men from DITCHING THE DREAM (DTD).

NIMWD is Jack Stevens’ story – starts when he is 18 years old in 1979 and goes through the story line of DTD without retelling all of DTD, just some highlights from his POV.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Connecticut with my husband of 20+ years, two teens and one dog. Isabelle Peterson is a pen-name. I also write screenplays, under my real name. I have a bachelors in behavior psychology and a minor in social psychology. I love coffee & wine, country music, chocolate and knitting – not necessarily in that order.

Does Isabelle have a website?

Social media?

What’s next for you?
I have a stand alone in the works of a husband and wife getting their marriage back on track before it’s too late.

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