Poorly Wrapped Gifts: Rising and Thriving After Infidelity

Category: Non-Fiction - Relationships
Author: Sujata Patel
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: December 30, 2023
Number of Pages: 302
ISBN-13: 979-8891092327

Poorly Wrapped Gifts: Rising and Thriving After Infidelity by Sujata Patel is a raw and authentic exploration of the author’s profound emotional journey after discovering her partner's infidelity —an experience that many struggle to handle. Patel, drawing from personal experiences, creates an intimate narrative that resonates with anyone who has faced the devastation of betrayal. The book goes beyond the clinical resources available, providing a practical and deeply personal approach to healing. The introduction sets a powerful tone, acknowledging the overwhelming emotions of fear, abandonment, and rejection that accompany the revelation of an affair. Patel's unflinching honesty validates the reader's pain, assuring them that they are not alone in their struggles. The book becomes a comforting companion for those who feel isolated in their grief, offering hope and guidance through the painful journey toward healing.

The author introduces readers to her lovely family. They are on a family trip that takes an unexpected turn when she discovers evidence of her partner, Nick's two-year affair. She captures her pain and devastation with unwonted honesty and examines the emotional turmoil that followed the unsavory discovery, the impact on the family, and her struggle to navigate the tumultuous journey toward healing. The author's vulnerability shines through as she shares her coping mechanisms, making the narrative relatable and the guidance more practical. The chapters like “My Marriage at the Time” and “The First Big Reveal,” offer insights into the author's past and the intricate nature of her relationships. Patel reflects on cultural expectations, societal norms, and the impact of infidelity on her sense of self-worth. The narrative is not only a personal account but a universal exploration of themes like self-discovery, empowerment, and the freedom of finding one’s voice.  Patel’s transformative journey provides tools for handling triggers, navigating grief, and finding empowerment. The emphasis on using one's voice unapologetically and choosing self-love stands out as a powerful message. Poorly Wrapped Gifts is a compelling and compassionate guide for those grappling with the aftermath of infidelity. Sujata Patel's voice is powerful and resonant and her message to those who have suffered betrayal is powerful.


Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott


Date: January 8, 2024