A book by Scott Stevenson< read all 5 reviews
The author on the back cover of the book tells us the story is an inspirational tale of facing life's tough challenges and coming out ahead. Well, the author is right - facing cancer, divorce, a forest fire and a stock market crash yet still coming out ahead is very inspiring. The author is a skilled writer and a great story teller. He pulls you in, gets you involved in the lives of the characters, and he makes it hard for you to put the book down. And taken as an inspirational tale, I would highly recommend it.
But the book is more than an inspirational story; it's an honest to goodness love story. Not a sappy harlequin where the characters are as deep as the page they're written on, but a real life romance between a real life man and woman. The tough times that befell the author and his wife became vehicles in which to express their love. There is one chapter in the beginning of the book where the author's wife received a phone call from her doctor informing her that she had breast cancer and the author rushed home to be with her. He saw her crying and realized how much he truly loved her. The description of his feelings, " . . .a sense of love that fills every cell of my being and goes beyond this lifetime . . . it overwhelms me and I grab the rail for support . . . " brought tears to my eyes. And the tender and caring way the author and his wife interacted and played off each other throughout the whole cancer journey; attending all the medical and hospital appointments together, giving each other massages when they were stressed out, the way the author fully accepted and supported his wife's decision when she switched from conventional to holistic treatments after her mastectomy, and much more.
Definitely a romance!
The author and his wife also jumped in to help his sister when she told them she was filing for divorce from her abusive Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde husband (friendly in public and abusive behind closed doors). This was yet another opportunity for them to not only strengthen their love for each other but also for his sister. Paying for his sister's attorney, purchasing her house out of foreclosure so she and her four children wouldn't be turned out onto the streets, attending all her attorney meetings and court hearings, and spending umpteen hours helping her gather and prepare court documents went way beyond generous. Only a couple confident in each other and truly in love could do that much for another.
Another chapter that comes to mind is when the author and his wife are in the cab of their old work truck, driving home from the mountains after a day of erecting a giant cedar tree in the middle of the house - they had just retired and were building their dream home in the mountains. The sun was setting and the blues played on the radio when the author said to his wife, "'Hey Dudette, can you see the color green in the sunset?' 'No, Dude, I don't see any green in the sunset,' she replied. 'Really? I can see the color green just above the horizon just outside where the reds and oranges stop,' said the author. 'No Dude, there isn't any green,' said his wife for a second time. 'I'm sure I can see an olive green color,' the author replied. 'Well Dude, remember you're color-blind. There is no green!' " The previous evening the author and his wife had watched the movie, The Big Lebowski, where the main character played by Jeff Bridges is called The Dude. The author and his wife had been calling each other Dudette, Dude, Dudster and Dudest for most of the day. They made me wish that I had a similar relationship . . . other than with my cat!
And then there are the pet names for each other. At first they called each other Husband and Wife because they had just been married and were still getting used to the idea. At other times she called the author Bub ("Its easy to say; all you have to do is put your lips together and blow. It takes no effort and Susan definitely likes things that take no effort.") And then there was Newt, Mutt, Bean, Toot, and Monk ("short for monkey"). The author called his wife Babe-O ("I also like things that are easy to say. Like Bub, all you do is put your lips together and blow.) Followed by Bubble, Monkin, Chile Bean, and others.
Tell me this isn't a love story!
But life for the author and his wife was not a bed of roses. Remember this is an inspirational story of making it through some pretty tough times. A forest fire, a stock market plunge, fears of a cancer recurrence, and a nasty four-year divorce are not the best of times. But through it all, the author and his wife trusted in each other, helped each other (as well as others), saw the humor in life, persevered, and truly did appear to come out better people.
LOOKS EASY ENOUGH is a heart-warming, grown-up love story woven in and around an inspirational story of overcoming some pretty tough odds.
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"Looks Easy Enough is the Eat, Pray, Love for guys - which women will adore. The manuscript has a distinctive, humorous, intimate voice that is a joy to read. Men will love this book because it's all about process - step-by-step how-to knowledge. Women will love it because it's all about the things women value most: family, friends, spirituality, and love." ------ Carol Gaskin, Editorial Alchemy
"When I read a good book and good writing, it makes me want to write - reading your book made me want to write! I felt as if I was sitting down and catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee. It's really a love story between you and Susan, also between you and your characters and with life - what you call the Magic." ------ Lynn Scozzari, Contributing Editor, San Diego Parent Magazine
"Scott, if my memory serves me right, wasn't English Language your worst subject in school? Didn't your report cards come home with mostly C's and D's? I can t believe you actually wrote a book . . . especially one this good. I loved it!" ------ Lilly Stevenson, Mother of the Author
"A fascinating tale and a superb read. I was really caught up in the story. Looks Easy Enough gave me an intimate view into the struggles of a patient trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of cancer and how best to treat it. Looks Easy Enough reminds me of Suzanne Somers' recently published book Knockout which takes a critical look at how ...