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Best-selling author Lauren Belfer joins us to talk about Ashton Hall, her newest novel! We were immediately immersed in this brilliant, atmospheric story that explores marriage, motherhood, societal expectations, and the historical role of women. Lauren draws parallels between the challenges facing women in the Sixteenth Century and now: struggles to control their destiny, financial dependence, or the demands of caring for an aging parent or a child with special needs. She explains neurodiversity, and how her characters tried to nurture their children’s natural curiosity … and navigate the additional challenges that come with a differently-abled child. We touch upon sexual orientation and the expectations and choices that may surface in a marriage wrestling with those important issues. What happens when there’s no equality or sense of partnership in a relationship? We address the clarity of thought that is necessary to grow as a person … and how to create space for that growth. We also ask a few tough questions: How many lives can you imagine yourself living? What has sent your life in a certain trajectory? Fantastic discussion on some weighty topics!