I Bought My Husband's Mistress Lingerie (Paperback)
Stacey Freeman had no idea what she was in for when she looked inside her husband's suitcase, but what she found would change the course of her life and her children's forever. Set in Short Hills, New Jersey, I Bought My Husband's Mistress Lingerie tells the relatable story of a woman once happily married to her high school sweetheart who had watched her marriage slowly deteriorate without seeing the reality around her. But the moment she did and realized divorce and full physical custody of her three young children were imminent, she had no choice but to re-evaluate her life, her goals, and her definition of success.
Taking readers around the world and back in time for an emotional ride through her childhood and adolescence, marriage, separation and divorce, navigation of bicontinental co-parenting, introduction to mid-life dating, and return to work, Stacey Freeman invites readers to share in her hits and misses in this no-holds-barred portrayal of what happened in the aftermath of discovering the person she loved and trusted most had betrayed her. Oscillating between periods of despair and laughter and often landing somewhere in between, Stacey Freeman's memoir in essays serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and how sometimes gifts can come from the most unexpected people and places.
-Vikki Ziegler, celebrity divorce attorney, host of Bravo TV's Untying the Knot, television personality, and author of The Premarital Planner: Your Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage
"Page-turner. This transformative collection of essays offers thoughtful, relatable insight into Stacey Freeman's personal journey transcending the shame and pain of separation, including surviving transcontinental adultery to arrive at an inner sense of grace and ease. A great read for anyone whose life has been impacted by divorce."
-Gabrielle Hartley, divorce attorney and mediator, author Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate and The Secret to Getting Along: Three Steps to Life-Changing Conflict Resolution, TEDx speaker
"Stacey Freeman holds nothing back in this unfiltered, unapologetic, and sometimes cringe-worthy account of life through heartbreak and stepping into her fullest self. For anyone who has experienced a grueling breakup, this collection of essays is incredibly relatable and a testament to how empowering our lives can be if we are willing to do the hard (self) work."
-Erin Levine, divorce attorney, founder and CEO of Hello Divorce
"Lingerie, bread loaves, and vomit all make an appearance in this engaging compilation of powerful essays on adultery, grief, divorce, single motherhood, online dating, and self-empowerment. Stacey Freeman's writing is riveting and perfectly captures a tapestry of emotions. Her strength of character and fierce dedication to her children will inspire you to be an amazing co-parent."
-Elise Buie, divorce attorney, writer, and podcast host
"Stacey Freeman's humor shines through this anthology about picking herself up after betrayal. Instead of being left devastated and bitter, she comes out the other side with a positive attitude and hope for finding love again. Her story demonstrates strength and resilience, making it an important one to share."
-Cassie Zampa-Keim, professional matchmaker, founder and CEO of Innovative Match, and author of Finding Love After 50: Modern Dating Strategies for Women from an Industry Insider