Laura Munson’s first published book This Is Not The Story You Think It Is is a moving piece of literature that captures the reader early on and engenders a desire to continue reading to find out what happens next. In her memoir she details with great honesty and courage the day her husband came home with the shocking news that he was no longer certain of his love for her followed by days, weeks, and months of stoically standing for what she believed in. She placed her well-being and that of her children first and was amazingly capable of not succumbing to emotional outbursts at the behavior of her husband. I believe it was remarkably wonderful of her to write about her process and share that with everyone who reads the story. Not only is it difficult to experience a break in a long-term relationship, but it is often harder to truthfully admit what is going on and reveal one’s thoughts and emotions regarding the situation.
For couples going through a similar difficult situation, this book can place feelings and behaviors into perspective, giving the reader a new outlook on how to handle confrontation. It is easy to be drawn into the anger, resentment, and sadness of a relationship on the brink, but as this book demonstrates, the ability to keep oneself rational and composed can provide a spectacular outcome in the end. Conversely, individuals fortunate enough to have a strong and resilient intimate relationship can read this book and reflect with gratitude for their good fortune. There is a delicate balance in nurturing individual needs within a relationship. When the sense of individual self is lost, it will hurt the relationships closest to you. The ability to allow a loved one to rediscover who they are and what is most important to them is a great gift.