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The Woodcutter's Wife: A Stepmother's Tale
by Dolla S. Merrillees


A story about 21st-century parenting in a "blended" family that is bracingly honest, funny and well-written. The best thing about this book is that it doesn't simply refute the bad press stepmothers have traditionally received. Dolla Merrillees is all too aware of her "inner" wicked stepmother as she recounts her struggle to bond with her partner's son, cope with the boy's off-stage, drug-addicted mother and adjust to the emotional tug-of-war that occurs when her own child is born. Merrillees was in her early 30s, footloose and child phobic when she met Ben. She had no desire to become instant mother to a four-year-old boy. Loving Ben, she quickly discovered, didn't automatically mean loving his son. That came only with hard work.

The step-parenting guide books Merrillees read were of limited use. What she wanted - and has subsequently written - was a "warts-and-all stepmother tale". Many readers, I suspect, will be deeply grateful
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