What do Ann Boleyn, Angelina Jolie,Katie Holmes and I have in common? Well of course we are all gorgeous! But we are also second, or third or in Angelina’s case with Billy Bob Thornton, afifth marriage for their husband at the time. And as each experienced first-hand, life as a later-in-life wife of a multiple-marriage man isn’t always all smiles and diamonds.
My husband was married to his first wife at 17, by 22 they had two children together and spent over 13 years together before they divorced. I’ve been with him since 2009 and BOY has it been a long hard road!
Donna Arp Weitzman found her prince charming, she is the second and last wife to her husband, Herb Weitzman. Looking forward to heading down the aisle with her love, Donna soon found that her new life was more like a gauntlet as she faced a firing squad of questions, comments, smirks and smiles from old friends, unsuccessful prospects, their children, in-laws, and much more. Reflecting on the trials and tribulations that come with a new, later-in-life relationship, she offers an off-the-wall, satirical look at it all in her new book, Cinderella Has Cellulite: And Other Musings from a Last Wife
“In Cinderella Has Cellulite, it’s easy to laugh at the absurdities that occur during the phases leading up to marriage,” says Weitzman. “Yet, too often, a tear lurks behind the smiles. I personally found that the emotional cost was worth it in the end and now understand that love is work, leaving behind scars and bumps just like cellulite. However, I always remind myself that with an evil stepmother, stepsisters and a very strict curfew, Cinderella had her own cellulite bumps to face on the way to finding her Prince Charming.”
Referred to as a ‘mature Sex and the City,’ Cinderella Has Cellulite addresses common relationship successes and snafus including:
- If he’s rich, you’re a witch! Dealing with married money issues.
- Rings and blings: Is yours smaller or bigger than the exes and what does it all mean?
- Cougars and kittens: Balancing relationship age differences and judgement that follow suit.
- Battling the Evil Queens, or the ‘women who didn’t get him’ club.
- Bring on the baggage! The enriching life experiences that we can bring to the relationship.
I was SO excited to read this book because I have experienced everything that Donna has experienced. While I am lucky to have an AMAZING mother in law I have come across people who felt the need to insert their rude comments in where there were not wanted. I dealt with home wrecker comments (even though my husband dated another woman between his ex wife and me) and because of the 13 year age difference gold digging comments. I found the book to be super enjoyable to read with doubts of humor and it was GREAT finding a book that I could relate to.
I highly suggest this book for second wives or woman in general as its a great read!