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Unexpected By Melissa Parkes—How to Manage the Ups and Downs of a Relationship

Relationships are a wild ride, with many twists and turns that can leave even the most experienced rider feeling disoriented. Like rollercoasters, they can be thrilling, exhilarating, terrifying, and unpredictable. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or a family connection, every relationship has its ups and downs. The key is to navigate these fluctuations and understand that they are a natural part of any relationship.

Here are some ways to manage the ups and downs of a relationship.

Deal with Uncertainties

Every relationship goes through periods of intense closeness and distance. It’s not always fun and happy; sometimes, you might feel like you and your partner are on opposite sides of the world. It’s important to remember that these shifts in intimacy are not a sign that something is wrong with the relationship but rather a natural ebb and flow.

Be Honest

Communicating honestly with your partner makes a lot of things easier. When you’re going through a rough patch, it can be tempting to shut down and withdraw. But this only creates distance between you and your partner, making it harder to get back on track. Instead, talk openly about what’s happening and how you feel. Be honest about your needs and wants, and encourage your partner to do the same.

Have Some Fun Time

When things are tough, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative and forget about the positive aspects of the relationship. Find time to do activities you enjoy, whether watching a movie, hiking, or trying a new restaurant. These activities help couples reconnect and remember why they love each other.

Unexpected by Melissa Parkes

Unexpected by Melissa Parkes chronicles the life of a young woman, Haley, who finds out about her unplanned pregnancy with someone she would never have imagined having a baby with. Despite this, she decides to have the baby with the support of her three best friends, her close family, and the security of her job at the hospital.

As Haley navigates her new life with the baby-daddy living in her spare room, she unexpectedly reconnects with her ex-boyfriend, James. The pandemic allows a six-foot social distance love affair to reignite old feelings. As Haley’s relationship with both men becomes more complicated, she is left with a difficult choice. She must decide whether to follow her heart and risk her baby not knowing its father or tie herself to someone she does not love for the sake of being a traditional family.

Unexpected delves into issues of love, family, and the uncertainty that comes with unanticipated events. The novel is exciting and emotionally riveting, transporting the reader into Haley’s world and allowing them to experience her trials and victories. The story concludes unexpectedly, leaving the reader to ponder Haley’s decision. It’s a moving narrative about the complexity of modern relationships and the resilience of the human spirit.

About The Author

Melissa Parkes, the author of the book Unexpected, has a degree in Politics and Economics with an emphasis in Public Administration from Eastern Oregon University. Since childhood, she has been an avid reader and a passionate writer with a unique perspective on different topics. As a writer, Parkes delves into complex issues and explores female sexuality in ways not typically tackled in the romance genre. Her upcoming release, “The After Drinks” series, is a set of stories about four friends who support each other through the highs and lows of life. Unexpected is a part of the same series, where she explores the intricacies of the relationships of a pregnant woman with her child, her ex, and the child’s father.

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