Careful What You Wish For

by Jackie Calhoun

Chelsea Danforth Browning left her marriage, her two grown daughters, and her best friend in Indiana to move to Wisconsin for a woman, June Paulson.

When she discovers June has been having an affair with another woman, Chelsea is devastated. Determined to make it on her own, she picks herself up and starts to rebuild her life. She attempts to reconnect with her daughters, edits books for a lesbian press, and finds a part-time job. Along the way, she makes friends and falls in love.

Will she manage to create a meaningful new life without losing those she loved and left? Does she get a second chance at happiness?





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Genre General Fiction, Romance
Length 250 pages
Publication Date January 17, 2019
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642470123e
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Judith Fellows



"The story and characters develop as I write. I too lived in Indiana. It's where my kids grew up. I too met my ex-husband at a university in Indiana. It was not a good time to be a woman. There were double rules at school. Women students couldn't wear slacks on campus. They had to be wherever they lived hours earlier than the guys. It was a very different state than Wisconsin where I grew up, where there were 18-year-old bars. But there were double standards for girls and women there too, and I chafed against them.

I wanted to show, in part, what it was like to be a woman in the sixties and even the decades that followed. Once married with children, most women didn't work outside the home. Often the groups women belonged to grew out of their husbands' groups. You cooked, you cleaned, and you raised the children. It was boring, unless you had a best friend."

—Jackie Calhoun

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