Play It Again, Sam

Author: Maryann Miller

Publisher: Uncial Press

Release Date: July 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: EBOOK

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Samantha ‘Sam’ Rutgers’ neat orderly life as a stay-at-home wife and mother has just been shattered.  Out of the blue her husband of more than twenty-five years announces their marriage is over.  He’s moving out and filing for divorce and nothing she says is going to change his mind.  Sam’s whole world revolved around her home and family so she’s at a loss as to what to do next.  She’s ill prepared for life as a single woman but with a little encouragement from a good friend might just discover that she has an identity all her own and doesn’t need a husband to validate her worth as a woman.

While Sam scrambles to build a new life for herself she’s faced with some rather scary prospects.  Will she be able to support herself?  Dare she build a career?  What will her adult children think about the new direction her life is taking?  Never mind the abject loneliness she feels at the loss of her husband, the life and traditions she’s always loved.  One thing’s for certain – nothing will ever be the same, but is she brave enough to face an existence void of the life she’s lead for the past twenty-five years?  There’s only one way to find out.  Mourn for her marriage but go after the dreams she set aside when she got married.


Of course, that involves taking a few hefty risks including selling the family home and moving away, taking some college course, getting a job and dating – all while dealing with her daughter who blames Sam for the breakdown of the marriage.  Sam might have thought her marriage would last forever but learning how to stand on her own two feet and make decisions about her future is an eye opening experience – especially when she’s faced with staying true to the strong moral code she’s always possessed – or admitting that the world isn’t exactly ‘black and white.’ 


Maryann Miller really touches a sensitive chord with her book PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM.  From the very first page I was captivated by Sam’s struggle to come to grips with her divorce and all the changes that take place in life as a direct result.  I was sad for her but can’t deny that there was also great pride in all her accomplishments as a single woman.  It’s so easy to ‘lose’ your individuality in a marriage that you’re left floundering if the marriage ends and I can only imagine the devastation Sam feels at her sudden and unexpected loss.  Through Ms. Miller’s writing readers get the opportunity to vicariously experience Sam’s triumphs and heartaches – and thanks to her emotional journey you might just find the incentive to ensure you follow your own dreams and aren’t reliant on anyone else for your happiness or future.  There’s nothing wrong with marriage or motherhood but forgetting who you are as an individual is something no one should do.  PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM is a heart-touching and emotional story that proves life doesn’t end after divorce – in fact in some cases, it can only get better!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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