Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Margaret Roach was an extremely successful business woman with an impressive career as an editorial director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She had been with the company for 15 years, but even with the financial stability and cushy life her job provided, Margaret felt that something was missing. She decided to take a leap of faith and move permanently to her vacation home in the country side. Margaret hoped to lead a more genuine and fulfilling life by being close to nature and working on her garden.

When I first picked up And I Shall Have Some Peace There, I was really excited. Margaret Roach finally had a chance to quit the giant rat race of the business world and work on herself for a change. She had the chance to find what truly made her happy. That being said, I could barely get past that point. Margaret’s excessive reminders that she was an executive editor and a couple hundred mentions of her email address simply put me to sleep. I understood the point (I think), but it just never seemed to get anywhere. I applaud her for chasing her dreams, but I could have gone without reading about a lady in pajama pants who wonders why her cat won’t talk to her. Perhaps she shared her email in hopes that a human would write to her with kind words and compliments.

And I Shall Have Some Peace There was not impressively written either. It enforced the idea that, in the business world, it’s not what you know, but who you know. That’s the only way I could see Roach getting so high up the ladder. Perhaps in the middle area somewhere, but the top? I simply did not get it. Although she used to make her living as an editorial director, Roach managed to ramble on forever whilst repeating the same paragraph of content throughout her entire memoir. I would not suggest this book to anyone unless they are having trouble sleeping. It would make and excellent sleep aid.

Rating: 1/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Grand Central Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.