The Woodcutter s Wife is honest, beautifully acerbic, witty, hair-raising and heart-warming. It s the warts n all story of a woman who doesn t have all the answers. Dolla Merrillees journey of becoming wife, stepparent and then mother is one that will resonate with families across the globe who experience the changing dynamics of modern families. And with anyone for whom love has been so much more complex than any fairytale ever suggested!
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Dolla Merrillees was born in Canberra, the youngest daughter of an Australian diplomat and archaeologists. A nomadic childhood was spent traipsing around archaeological dig sites and engaging in diplomatic protocol in various war-torn countries including Lebanon, Cambodia and Israel, equipping her with skills she believes has helped her to negotiate the minefield of stepfamily life. She was educated at St Clare s, Oxford, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne. Dolla is currently working as a curator and consultant to the gallery and museum sector. The Woodcutter s Wife: A Stepmother s Tale is Dolla s first book.Review:
HERE IS A REAL FIND. 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. --Fiona Capp, The Age, Melbourne Dec 07
I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying and appreciate the book. It is absolutely wonderful I couldn t put it down! I have just found out my stepdaughter is involved with drugs and because I don't see her very much I did not know how to deal with it. The dedication in the book gave me the confidence to touch base with her and I have now, so fingers crossed. You can be sure it will be on my Christmas list to give to many of my friends. --Press, South Australia, 5 Nov
Published in Australia, this is an honest, no-holds-barred account of the writer s transition from carefree single girl to her reluctant role as full-on step parent. Interwoven into her personal story are the wicked stepmothers of fairy tale and folklore, along with a look at how this negative image came to be. Love for her stepson did not come naturally for Dolla and you may at times be surprised at what may seem to be a selfish attitude. But for a childless woman, to take on the troubled son of a mother who is a hard-drug addict is no small task. This book should provide comfort for other step parents who fell in love with their stepchild s parent not the child and, above all, the reassurance that mutual affection and respect can and do develop over time. --OneUp Magazine, UK, 27/11/07
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Book Description 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Stepmothers are atrocious. Merrillees knew froms torybooks. But meeting her husband-to-be she finds that true love is not just two people in harmony. She has to like his little boy, and f.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 154 pages. 0.200. Bookseller Inventory # 9781920831462
Book Description 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Stepmothers are atrocious. Merrillees knew froms torybooks. But meeting her husband-to-be she finds that true love is not just two people in harmony. She has to like his litt.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 154 pages. 0.200. Bookseller Inventory # 9781920831462