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In The Things We Bring To The Table, Lucretia, known as Cree, has everything anyone would want. Married to Russ, a rich business owner, the family lives in a mansion. Cree heads up a reputable non-profit organization that facilitates lucrative connections for Russ, but even with everything she possesses, Cree isn't happy with her life of ease. Her marriage is falling apart and Cree mourns the life that could’ve been had she followed her passion for singing, instead of spending so much energy on proving her worth in the marriage. Spiraling down into depression, Cree is offered an interesting opportunity to become the singer she always desired to be by switching places with, Lulu, a version of herself in another dimension. The arrangement is perfect, or so it seems, but what about everything else she holds dear? Rod Palmer recounts the perilous journey undertaken by Cree to reclaim and reinvent her life, which slowly unveils why the life Cree already had was so valuable and worth fighting for.
Rod Palmer's The Things We Bring To The Table is an amazing story full of drama and action. Palmer uses touches of sci-fi with multiple dimensions, combined with witty writing, to create unique and interesting characters, which makes for enthralling reading. The characters have an array of personalities - some you will love and some you may hate. Palmer's writing demonstrates how our choices can have different outcomes. Cree and Lulu were the same person but made different choices and led different lives. This is a story that takes you on emotional highs and lows but keeps you reading until the very end.