Regrets, Love, Sex, and Life Lessons
Alpha Book Publisher (2021)
Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (01/2023)
“Regrets, Love, Sex and Life Lessons” by Melissa Owens is a blend of bristling, real-life short stories chock full of prudent life lessons and guidance. The narration starts with an emotional recount of the author’s health journey in and out of psychiatric hospitals due to the euphoric and unusually irritable effects of her bipolar disorder condition. Her mental agitations would cause her tormenting problems and a break from reality for a long time. In one of the psychiatric hospitals, she meets a man whose interests and chemistry are undeniably beatific, but the relationship is short-lived when a tragic occurrence happens.
After some time, Melissa meets a recently divorced man who soon enough proves to be a huge mistake in her life. She constantly feels exhausted and worn right out from putting all of her best energy forward and hoping each time that every new man she meets will finally be worth it, but so far, it isn’t happening. An encounter with a fifty-eight-year-old man who she later discovers has a challenging health condition that directly impacts their relationship draws readers to sympathize with her while also hoping for a flicker of light at the end of these constant disappointments.
Melissa’s story is a rare and candid composition that is heavily illustrative and amazingly edifying to the broad populace. The author is raw and unflinchingly honest about her personal experiences in various relationships and is careful to share her reasons for walking away from them while leaving priceless lessons, such as always following your gut feeling among others. She has managed to warn her audience not to fall for deceitful and selfish partners, among other grounds, in a captivating manner that calls for a personal time out to reflect on one’s journey as well.
“Regrets, Love, Sex and Life Lessons” is a compelling five-star read that genuinely keeps hope alive for men and women who have faced many dating setbacks, and like Melissa, they are bound to emerge stronger and more resilient in life than most people out there. Recommended for a mature audience due to the adult content present across the pages, this text is an astute testimonial for people who have become numb from the ups and downs of seeking out to love and be loved that their attempts are not in vain but have caused them to learn as they get one step closer to what they want and deserve. I highly recommend this memoir.