The Freedom Clause by Hannah Sloane
Published: July 25, 2023
The Dial Press
Genre: Marriage & Divorce
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Hannah Sloane grew up in England. She read History at the University of Bristol. She has dual citizenship and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Sam.
“Really, what’s the worst that can happen?”
Daphne met her husband while they were at university. Neither was expecting to find there forever, but in the blink, they were married. Things have cooled, but their relationship is strong until an innocent suggestion becomes a plan.
This was an interesting storyline. I enjoyed how humor was mixed in; it helped keep the tone engaging and light. I wanted to like the main characters, but they were both problematic for me.
Daphne is intelligent. But she is also a people pleaser. She doesn’t like to say no or disappoint anyone. Dominic is emotional and needy. He lacks ambition and has minimal follow-through.
I found the communication between these characters troubling. They didn’t communicate well, and they were both naïve about how their disconnect led to more significant issues.
I love that Daphne finds her confidence and discovers a way to love and empower herself. And I saw the nod to it being absolutely fine to realize you have outgrown your partner and that pursuing yourself is alright.
I did appreciate that there were no name-calling, trash-talking, or dramatic moments. The crumble was conducted maturely.