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M. Stevens-David Review: "The Summer Train" by Susan Rabin
By Martha Stevens-David
May 23, 2014 - 7:30:30 AM

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Upon receiving "The Summer Train, A Woman's Journey from Desperation to Celebration" by Susan Rabin, I was anxious to begin reading it at once because I thought the topic was interesting and I really liked the title.

It is a very compelling story about a lovely, well-educated woman who believes in "happily ever after" and marries the "love of her young life." Only to find that the man she thought he was, kind, loving, supportive, really wasn't that man at all.

After twelve years of marriage and two births, she awakens one day to the reality of her life and she simply cannot cope or endure her husband's tirades any longer. Upon checking herself into a "mental" hospital, and after six weeks of therapy, she returns home only to find that nothing has changed.

This, really, is a story as old as time, in that, women, upon finding that their "dream man" isn't what he presented himself to be, dump him and move on to another in the hopes that the next man will be the "one." I believe that really, all women have lived this story, in some degree or another.

Good book for summer reading.

Martha Stevens-David

Susan Rabin, MA is the author of two best-selling books published by Penguin, How to Attract Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace and 101 Ways to Flirt. Both books have been in bookstores for twenty years. In addition, she has authored Lucky in Love, Cyberflirt also by Penguin and The Summer Train: A Woman's Journey from Desperation to Celebration (2014). Susan has appeared on numerous radio and TV talk shows including Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, Letterman, Leno, CNN, the O'Reilly Report, and quoted by The New York Times and magazines such as Cosmopolitan, People and Mademoiselle. She was formerly the Family Living/Sex Education Coordinator for the NYC Board of Education and a Guidance counselor. She is presently a relationship therapist, trained in cognitive therapy by Dr. Albert Ellis. Her successful website includes clips from her TV appearances, seminars, testimonials, tips and describes The School of Flirting, which has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Susan is a native of New York City and lives in Manhattan.

The Summer Train
by Susan Rabin
$13 paperback

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