Praise for Long Enough to Love You:
"This book was written with such authenticity and hit on many poignant notes of marriage that I literally stopped and checked to see if it wasn't a memoir...A story of wanting to find the person you were and have lost along the way. Vulnerable, Reflective, and Emotional." @subakka.bookstuff
"I find it rare that a book deals with that middle-aged time in life when the kids are gone and you are questioning - who am I without them and do my husband/wife and I still love each other? Been there. And let me tell you I felt SEEN from page 1! We need to talk about this time in life more...Jenn spoke to me in that way. I found myself thinking yep felt that...yep felt that too. A great story prioritizing our happiness and worth and never staying stagnant to fit some mold just because society tells you to. Bravo!" @kristis_literary_corner
"Long Enough to Love You is bold and cathartic ...The charming book cover sucks you into Jenn’s story, but it’s Pursell’s brilliant writing and wonderful storyline that compels you to stay, to follow Jenn’s story as she purges her emotions, and struggles to find herself again. It’s not just Jenn’s story, it's yours too." -Reader's Favorite
"Jenn's quest for meaning will resonate with any woman looking back on her life—or wondering what the future may hold. Her struggle to come to grips with a lack of purpose is powerful...The idea of finding yourself by losing yourself is intriguing here, and Jenn's willingness to sacrifice comfort for intensity is equally courageous and risky...but the overriding message that wholeness can be formed from imperfection is the essence that will stick with readers." -BookLife Review
"This gripping book delivered a good message: beauty is in every age, not just youth, and you can find love at any age. I felt a lot of bombshells were dropped on the reader at the beginning making this one read that I couldn’t put down." -Literary Titan
"Long Enough to Love You is in turn, chaotic and cathartic and Pursell celebrates Jenn's willingness to be vulnerable, at times uncertain and exhilarating. A poignant story written beautifully that takes a closer look into Jenn's past, present, and possible future. It is authentic and unexaggerated, a gripping romance with clear prose and complex characters." -The Book Commentary
"A meditative tale about rediscovering one’s true self...The author tackles difficult issues of how adults should approach the later portions of their lives and how to balance second chances against the idea of starting fresh, taking a deep dive into those questions with insight and grace."
"This one tugged at my heartstrings." -Reedsy Review
"I found how Jenn's character embraced her unconventionalism liberating. This novel is not just bold but realistic in giving women permission to be uninhibited and to live life to its fullest."
-Bridget Ball, Booked with Bridget
"Raw, emotional and authentic in a way that is hardly seen for middle-aged characters; this book was quite the journey." -Bookstagram/Amazon Reviewer
"I gave this book 5 stars - It was difficult to put down, made so much sense, provided moments of clarity for me, connected with my life in a way many books don't." -DevouringABook Review
Long Enough to Love You
Pursell's fourth novel is a women's coming-of-middle-age contemporary fiction novel that
challenges societal norms and middle-age stereotypes.
The Back Cover:
Jenn, fifty-something and empty-nesting, feels like a donut: whole on the outside but missing the middle. The deafening sound of silence in the picture-perfect, oversized home she shares with a husband who does not see her makes the voices arguing in her head hard to ignore. One voice tells her to stay because safe and simple is good; another says leave so you can be the version of yourself not defined by others. The thought of ever after without happily feels like purgatory.
The chance discovery of her long-forgotten diaries unearths memories of a first love long buried, reminders that the most beautiful love is sometimes wasted on the young. Her words become a very real reminder of everything first love had been when she reconnects with Tripp in unexpected ways.
Long Enough to Love You by Kirsten Pursell follows Jenn – a courageous yet vulnerable protagonist – as she dissects and unpacks her marriage in an emotional journey to stay true to herself despite societal norms and middle-age stereotypes that would suggest otherwise.