3 Star Review for Switching Teams: What Coming Out Later in Life Taught Me about Love, Conquering Fear and Accepting Change by Dawn Elizabeth Waters #FF #ComingOut @WatersDawn


Title: Switching Teams: What Coming Out Later in Life Taught Me about Love, Conquering Fear and Accepting Change
Author Name & Publisher: Dawn Elizabeth Waters (Dog Ear Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: November 10, 2015 – 184 pgs


Dawn’s comfortable existence as a stay-at-home wife and mother of three disappeared as soon as she came out as a lesbian. Although it would be one of the most difficult experiences of her life, it would also be one of the most liberating- at long last the 39-year-old was comfortable in her own skin, even as she realized everyone around her was thrown into chaos. Life got even more interesting when she fell in love with her best friend of 10 years and discovered the feeling was mutual.

It was difficult to imagine what her life would look like after such a dramatic change, and at times she felt the weight of the emotional fallout on her shoulders. But change is as inevitable as Dawn’s need to be true to herself. “My coming out was the first step in reclaiming my life as it was supposed to have been,” she writes.

Switching Teams tells the story of Dawn’s newfound awakening and the reactions of friends and loved ones as they came to terms with her determination to live an authentic life, no matter what the cost. Throughout her fearless journey, Dawn experienced profound sadness and grief but also true peace and joy, thanks to the love of her life and unexpected support from those who mattered most.

Freelance writer Dawn Elizabeth Waters works as a real estate agent, writes a real estate blog, and co-owns an event photography business in Debary, Florida. She studied sports administration at Stetson University and was married for nearly 20 years before realizing she was a lesbian and getting a divorce.

Dawn, a Detroit native, supports LGBT causes and coaches youth sports, and is a lifelong Detroit Lions and Red Wings fan. She and her wife, Yvette, have four sons. She admires her wife, children and anyone who has stared fear in the face and survived in spite of it.

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This is a very poignant novel and Ms Waters has obviously poured out her heart in writing it. Obviously she is a brave and soulful woman, judging by this work.
I thought the allegories she used were extremely good and clearly defined what she was explaining. I also enjoyed her use of similes’ which made her  descriptions that much more emphatic.
However I did have problems identifying with her actual beliefs and coping mechanisms, as a lesbian, a mother and someone who also came out later in life I could not identify at all with her experiences. Personally I felt that at times it was rather preachy and just a little sanctimonious. Also as a Brit I was not accustomed to the dominant role played by therapists.
I do feel this novel may help many people and would encourage anyone who has doubts about coming out later in life and who holds Christian beliefs  to read it and judge it for themselves.


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Dawn Elizabeth Waters is a real estate broker, freelance writer,and blogger who studied sports administration at Stetson University. After years of playing the role of a straight, married, stay at home mother of three, she decided to mix things up and give the role of a lesbian, divorced, working mother, who fell in love with her best friend, a try. Dawn makes her living selling homes and managing an event photography business in Debary, Florida. She enjoys supporting LGBT causes, coaching youth sports, and promoting peace, love and kindness in the world.


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